Celebrating Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Celebrating Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Did you know November is National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Month? This month is extremely important, as a 2016 study showed that over 5.5 million Americans of all ages are living with this debilitating disease, and someone develops it every 66 seconds. Alzheimer’s is also the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Alzheimer’s does not just affect those with the disease as it is estimated that over 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia which equates to an estimated 18.2 billion hours of care valued at over 2.3 billion dollars. The costs of health care and long-term care for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s are substantial, and dementia is one of the costliest conditions to society. Total payments in 2017 for all individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s are estimated at $259 billion yearly. Despite these starting statistics, however, there are still quite a number of misconceptions surrounding Alzheimer’s.   Here are some commonly held beliefs: Dementia is a normal part of aging. This is partially true, as many of us find that our memory isn’t what it once was as we age. But, it’s important to distinguish between a normal aging and true memory loss. As Galvin, a neurology and psychiatry professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center says, “It may take you longer to remember where you put something or a name, but you’re able to get back to it. That’s not memory loss, that’s aging. If you’re forgetting important things like loved ones’ names or if it impacts...

Welcome Anne to Empower

Here we grow again! We are thrilled to welcome Anne Rooks to the Empower family! With more than 25 years of experience working with a variety of issues including: the most severe mental illnesses, Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Abuse, she is another amazing asset to our team. Please take a moment to get to know...
Our New Office is Cozy

Our New Office is Cozy

Welcome to our new office! As of May, we’ve put down roots in a new location in Huntsville. We’re now conveniently located in the Medical District, just off of Bob Wallace Avenue. What drew us to this location? Convenience played a factor, but it was mainly the warmth we found inside the cozy little house. Sunlight streams through the windows, which creates a cheerful vibe. It’s a warm, comfortable place and we think it has the perfect atmosphere for relaxing and engaging in meaningful conversation. We look forward to seeing you in our new “home.”...
Procrastination: Why Wait?

Procrastination: Why Wait?

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”  – Mark Twain It’s easy to make jokes and laugh about procrastination, but I think most of my clients struggle with it from time to time. Tim Urban, a popular blogger and a TED Annual Conference speaker, says, “For a real procrastinator, procrastination isn’t optional, it’s something they don’t know how to not do.” If you feel that way, read on. Or you might decide to read the article later. (Yes, I’m winking.) Procrastination is Easy The bottom line is that we always think that there is going to be more time to do something and so we idle. I do it, myself. I recently took a vacation and carried along a big file of “stuff.” As of the third day, I had been “too busy” to do any work. That included the morning I spent three hours surfing the internet in my workout clothes, before I finally made it outside for a walk. Technology certainly makes it easy to procrastinate. It’s a handy distraction that can keep us entertained for hours, if we let it. Whether we’re updating our Facebook status or searching for a new recipe on Pinterest, social media is a strong pull. From streaming movies to reading books, our devices can distract us from important tasks at hand. Sometimes, we simply want to be mindless . . . to escape. Certainly movies and books are a healthier outlet compared to things like drinking. But why does mindlessness win out over mindfulness? Let’s take a look at the things we procrastinate...