Is it time for your Alzheimer’s test?

There is a website you can find online that will offer you free self-assessments to help you determine if you may be starting to develop Alzheimer's and related dementia. There are 5 tests you can take.

The first one is called "Self-Administered Geocognitive Examination" (SAGE), and shows that four out of five people (80 percent) with memory issues will be detected by this test. Ninety-five percent of people who are normal thinking, will have normal SAGE scores. The test is provided by the The Ohio State University Medical Center.

No doubt, those of us over 50 have noticed that sometimes our memory doesn't seem to be as good as it is at other times. If you don't like the results you get from these tests, make sure you read one of my other posts titled Food for thought. If you follow the 10 strategies strategies outlined in that article, then you might consider re-taking the tests.

Note: the website that offers the tests says " If you decide to administer one or more of these memory tests, and the results of the memory test seems suspicious, you should consult with your personal care physician or a neurologist for a more thorough memory examination and diagnosis."

Some of you may find this test more frightening then you care to admit, so I'm not going to mention the others ones in this post. But if you want to take all five, just click here to go to the website now.

Even if you don't do as well as you think you should in the tests, please keep in mind that symptoms can be caused by numerous factors, such as:

  • Metabolic and endocrine abnormalities too much or too little thyroid hormone or cortisol are examples);
  • Brain Lesions (tumors, collections of blood called subdural hematomas, and abscesses);
  • Infection (meningitis, encephalitis, syphilis, to name a few);
  • Impaired cerebral spinal fluid flow causing normal pressure hydrocephalus;
  • Radiation to the brain, or brain trauma;
  • Stroke;
  • and medication side-effects.

Even severe depression can also cause dementia. This is why medical, neurologic, and psychiatric assessments are essential parts of the initial evaluation of dementia.

I've published other articles on Alzheimer's. If you would like to read them too, you can find them by clicking the Alzheimer’s tag here, or at the bottom of this post (under the Facebook comments)

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Starting Over at 50

Starting Over at 50
By David Stillwagon

Maybe it was just a few years ago that you thought that everything was going as planned, you were successful and even more importantly you were secure in your career. Things were great and nothing would change that. Of course in life things happen that aren't expected or wanted. 5 or 6 years ago the economy was doing fine due to the real estate boom. Unemployment was low and things were good. Then the real estate market bottomed out causing the rest of the economy to fall with it. The collateral damage was the loss of money in retirement funds and more importantly the loss of jobs. It wasn't only a few jobs lost it was millions and folks who felt secure before no long felt that way because they too were losing jobs. This can be particularly painful if you are older in the over 50 range. Now the future isn't so bright and you are wondering what it is going to be like starting over at 50.

What do you do first?

No one would blame you for feeling hurt and disgusted at the same time. You have worked hard all your life and you certainly didn't expect for this to happen. Like millions of other folks who lost their jobs you didn't deserve this but you will certainly have to deal with it in some way. Like most complicated problems or challenges the best first step is always to make a plan.

Maybe you aren't emotionally ready or financially able to retire right now so you have to go back to work. Unemployment benefits don't pay that much and they don't last that long either. And the last thing that you want to do is to dip into your life savings.

Most folks will try to get back into the business that they have previously worked for and that makes sense. If you have made any connections over the years now is the time to use them. Networking is always an important job hunting tool as well as a resume and cover letter. But today the most productive job search tool is the internet.

There are numerous job sites that list thousands of jobs, take your time and carefully look them over you might just find something there. Social media sites like Facebook or LinkedIn are great ways to let people know that you are looking for work and it might be that a company would even find you there.

After a job loss and starting over at 50 this would be a great time to start out in a new direction. Why not do something that you always wanted to do. Take a chance of finding a job in a completely new area other than what you were in, or better yet consider starting your own business, be your own boss. It is definitely worth considering.

David Stillwagon blogs about age and employment issues like being unemployed and over fifty.

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And in case you missed it, I published an article on Nov 18th about the Best Home Businesses for People 50+. If you missed it, click here to read it now.




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Behind The Mask: What Michael Jackson’s Body Language Told The World

The Kindle version of this book is free today: Michael Jackson (Behind The Mask: What Michael Jackson's Body Language Told The World)

A trained micro expressions reader with an extensive background in anatomy and physiology, author Craig-James Baxter has been sharing his knowledge and passion for body language for over 8 years.

In Behind The Mask: What Michael Jackson's Body Language Told The World - Craig-James Baxter's analysis of five infamous video interviews offers a fresh and compelling insight into the world of one of the most popular musicians the world has ever known and seeks to establish the truth behind the lurid allegations and rumors which followed Michael Jackson throughout his adult life.

The interviews covered in the book are:

  • 1993 Oprah Winfrey Interview.
  • 1993 Statement from Neverland Ranch.
  • 1996 Police interview.
  • 2003 Martin Bashir: Living with Michael Jackson.
  • 2003 Take Two: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See (Martin Bashir Rebuttal Video).

Click here to download your copy

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Newtown, CT, December 14th, 2012

I'm at a loss for words...

I won't even watch television movies where a child is going to be hurt. I don't want to see it. Bad enough it's a fictional movie on TV without it happening in real life.

Yes, I'm talking about the tragedy in Newtown, CT, where so many children were killed in their school by a crazy gunman on December 14th, 2012.

To the right is a picture of one of the teachers. This is Victoria. She died a hero. She hid her first graders in the cabinets and closets after hearing the gunfire. When the shooter came to her classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. He then gunned her down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students.

I'm not a religious man. I suppose you could say I was agnostic. If there was a fair and just God.... I don't see how he could let something happen like this.

At this time, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to those affected by the tragedy in Connecticut. I can't imagine what some of you are going through.




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Plagiarism and the student essay

I was reading through Twitter this morning when I came upon an interesting post by a young follower recommending a site for those who are late passing in their class essays. The site is, but of course this isn't the only one. There are lots of them, with more springing up almost daily. Some of these are free, and some of these sites offer paid for services. I thought I would give it a try, to see how easy it would be to come up with a fake paper.

It's very easy to use. You just type in a couple keywords and then what looks like a word processor springs up on the site with a title and sub title for the report. Then once you press enter, and hold down the space bar on your keyboard, the program writes out your report. I copied and pasted it into a Microsoft Word document. I had a well written 21 page report.

Of course this information has to come from someplace. I copied one sentence out of the document and copied and pasted it in Google and did a search.  I found the exact same document on

Plagiarism is a serious offence. Depending on the institute you can bet there will some form of severe discipline if a student gets caught. The high-school here says:

Plagiarism is considered a serious academic offense that may lead to loss of credit for that particular assignment and/or course.

Doing a search for punishments led me to some university websites where I discovered  the punishment can be worse.

If you're a parent or grandparent of a student and you have been asked to read over their paper before they hand it in, it wouldn't hurt to see if the document you're reading is an original.

There are tools for educators too, to use online to see if the text has been copied. Sometimes they aren't even needed. Teachers who know the student of whose paper they are grading, can tell if the style of writing has changed, which indicates a copied section. Or it might be that the paper is written in a level above the student's understanding. Sometimes all a teacher needs to do is keep the student after class for a few minutes to discuss the content of the essay and see if they have a good understanding of the concepts they have presented.

If you find your child or grandchild may be guilty of this, I'd like to direct you to an article written by Jeff Karon titled A Positive Solution for Plagiarism. Although the article is more for educators than parents, I like the idea of having a frank and open discussion with kids on exactly what it means to plagiarize someone's work, what the consequences could be, and how it might be better to avoid the temptation.




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