1. No deben asistir a la misa si tienen síntomas similares a la gripe.
2. No traigan niños enfermos a la misa o escuela.
3. Los síntomas de la gripe incluyen: tos, fiebre, dolor de garganta, congestión nasal, escalofríos, dolor de cabeza, fatiga (a veces náuseas, vómitos y diarreas).
4. No se den la mano (p.ej. saludos y el signo de la paz) si tienen picazón en la garganta, resfriado, tos o está estornudando.
5. SE RECOMIENDA que las parroquias no distribuyan la Sangre Preciosa (cáliz) durante la temporada de gripe. Les recomendamos restringir la distribución la Hostia en la legua hasta que la epidemia de gripe haya pasado. Al no tomar en cuenta esta recomendación se puede contaminar todo el copón si un dedo toca a una persona infectada en la lengua o boca.
Just as our body ages, so does our brain. As we age, we notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems with remembering things, especially at this time of year and anytime we are under stress. Whether I am in a group of people in their 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s, I often hear people remark to their failed memory attempt as, “There goes my Alzheimer’s again!”. Somewhere inside we are really asking ourselves, “Am I developing Alzheimer’s disease?”.
So let’s talk about it and try to understand the difference between normal aging and the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Memory Loss: As we age, we often forget names or appointments, but we remember them later. The most well-known symptom of Alzheimer’s is the inability to remember recently learned information, and often the spouse or other family members, are the first to notice. With Alzheimer’s, that name or fact is not remembered later.
Misplacing things: People may misplace where they put things, or hide them in unusual places. They may have set something down and believe that others are hiding things from them. As we age, we all will misplace the TV remote or our keys from time to time. With Alzheimer’s, they may not remember where they last left their car.
Problems with language: It may be a challenge to find the right words to express thoughts or even follow conversations. They may stop talking in the middle of a sentence, and because of their failing memory they may call an object an incorrect name. As we age, we all will experience periods where we can’t find the right word, but we remember it later. With Alzheimer’s, there is no ability to remember it later.
Poor judgment and decision making: Family members often see this sign long before the person suffering from advancing memory loss. They may exercise poor judgment with financial matters, giving money away to telemarketers, or the home shopping network. As we age, we all will make a bad decision or two, but we hopefully learn from it. With Alzheimer’s, there is no single lapse in judgment, but a steady and continual decline in the inability to make an informed decision, such as when to take a bath.
Disorientation with time or place: People with Alzheimer’s often forget where they are and how they got there. As we age, we all make occasional errors such as forgetting what day it is, but we remember it later. With Alzheimer’s, it is not remembered later.
Problems with abstract thinking and planning: Some people have trouble developing or following a plan, and working with numbers. They may have trouble following a recipe, or paying monthly bills. As we age, we all make occasional errors such as forgetting to pay a bill. With Alzheimer’s, it is not an occasional error.
Difficulty with visual images and special imagery: Another sign that family members see is their loved ones difficulty with vision. They may sit for hours appearing to be reading the paper, when it may actually be upside down. Sadly, they may not recognize their reflection in the mirror as themselves but believe it to be another person. As we age, we all will experience visual changes, say related to a cataract. That change can be corrected medically. With Alzheimer’s, there is no medical treatment to correct these visual changes.
Withdrawal from social events and family: Because they are having trouble recognizing friends and family, people with Alzheimer’s will often avoid their favorite social activities, and family events. As we age, we all at some time or another feel tired and might not want to go to that family event, but usually, we are all right once we get there. With Alzheimer’s, there is no ability to rise to the occasion, just an increasing inability to communicate with people that you are not sure who they are.
Changes in mood or behavior: People with AD may become restless, anxious, worried, or angry more easily. Too much noise, such as a TV or radio, can cause changes in mood and confusion. As we age, we all can become overwhelmed with the TV too loud, or too many people talking at once. We can just go over and turn down the sound. With Alzheimer’s, there is no ability to develop a plan to address your frustration.
Research shows that more Americans over the age of 55 worry about Alzheimer’s disease than any other. If you or your loved ones are forgetting things, even if there is a family history of Alzheimer’s, “the forgetting” doesn’t necessarily indicate a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. You should share your concerns with your physician, even if it is your worst fear. And remember to be patient and loving with those affected by dementia and memory loss, for they are in the midst of what we all worry about developing.
Vanessa Withee, FNP, Faith Community Nurse