Lorenzo Mejia

The Caring Corner: Where Do I Turn? The Orange County Department on Aging is A Safe Bet

With any new challenge or project, the hardest thing is getting started.  If you have an aging loved one that you are starting to worry about, a good place to start is the Orange County Department on Aging (OCDOA). The OCDOA is an incredible resource where seniors and caregivers can meet folks in similar situations and find a knowledgeable person to guide them in matters related to care, finances, fitness and day-to-day practical needs. There are two modern senior centers located in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.  They offer a wide variety of aging services, wellness and education activities, excursions...

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The Caring Corner: Should Mom Be Driving?

Should Mom Be Driving? As our parents age, it’s a question we inevitably ask.  If we are lucky, mom and dad realize that driving is something they are no longer comfortable doing.  More often, it’s a fight.  It’s a big step for our loved ones.  Driving is such an integral aspect of our independence. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean that we slow down.  As an interesting example, Henry Leland started the Cadillac Motor Company when he was nearly 60 years old.   He founded Lincoln Motor Company almost a decade and a half later when he was 74! When you...

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The Caring Corner: My Dad Has Dementia. Will I?

My Dad Has Dementia. Will I? If there’s anything as troubling as having a parent with dementia, it might be the thought that you’re next.  Watching your loved one lose his or her mental capabilities can be exhausting and disheartening. Thinking that it will happen to you can be petrifying. Broadly, if your mom or dad has dementia, it means that you will have an increased likelihood of developing dementia.  However, there are many things to consider. What is the cause of your dad’s dementia?  Dementia is actually a symptom – cognitive decline – that is caused by an...

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The Story Behind a Painting: One Snapshot of Chapel Hill and the Old Methodist Church on Opening Day, 1853

This article was written by, Gordon Johnson,  a member of University UMC’s Records and History Committee. He recently commissioned a painting by local artist Michael Brown.  Gordon, wanted to create a “record” of the original church which opened in 1853 (the building still stands at the corner of Rosemary and Henderson Streets). My obsession began when Benjamin pointed to the ceiling and said, “See that? That’s where the steeple was.” I knew there was no steeple in this church, but he seemed pretty confident, so I heard him out. He continued, “Yes. That’s the framing that supported the steeple....

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The Caring Corner: Can Chocolate Be a Cure for Dementia?

Can Chocolate Be a Cure for Dementia? Don’t you love it when something you love is also good for you?   That may just be the case with chocolate. A new pill released in the UK is made entirely out of chocolate.  It contains flavanols extracted from cocoa that lower cholesterol and improve blood flow.   Research has demonstrated that flavanols assist in the manufacture of nitric oxide, which in turn, encourages the walls of the arteries to relax.   This means better flow of oxygen and nutrients to the body which helps keep your brain healthy, reducing your chance for dementia....

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The Caring Corner: Will Medicare Pay for Home Care?

Will Medicare Pay for Home Care? So often we get calls from folks who ask if Medicare will pay for home care visits.  They had a friend who was recovering from hip surgery and nursing assistants came to her home, compliments of Medicare. While yes, Medicare will pay for home care visits, it only does so on a limited basis and normally only after a medical event.  In the case of hip surgery, for example, they might pay for two or three bath visits per week, each lasting possibly 45 minutes.  And the visits will only last for a...

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The Caring Corner: Seven Early Signs of Dementia

Seven Early Signs of Dementia It’s a question that we all ask at some point after we hit 50.  I just forgot something… is it dementia? With age, it is normal to occasionally forget some things.  Our brains are like file cabinets:  the older we get, the more stuff we have filed away.  And the more we have filed away, the easier it is to misplace something or take a long time to find it. It’s not normal, however, to do this regularly.  The following is a list of symptoms that indicate you might be experiencing more than normal...

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The Caring Corner: What To Do After An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with any illness is scary no matter what it is, but being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be worse because you will lose your memory. It is often shocking to deal with the the inevitable changes that will take place. Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can be especially difficult because as the disease progresses, you will no longer be able to recognize family members, feed yourself, walk, or even button a button. There is no cure and your time becomes very precious. How do you prepare to yourself as the disease progresses? These are a few tips to help you play for your future.

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Art’s Angle: Tilting In The Breeze

It just seems like UNC is tired, worn out, sick of all we’ve been through the last few years. The alumni and fans still come (well, some of them) and they watch (well, some of them), but the pride that made Carolina special for more than 50 years has been so beaten down that you can’t see it, or feel it, much anymore. And I’m not talking just about Carolina Basketball, which put on another dismal show Wednesday night in the under-filled Smith Center against a more aggressive Iowa team, followed on the same TV station by Duke stunning...

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Art’s Angle: You Know Who You Are

For all the clarity the estimated $3 million Wainstein Report brought to the 20-year AFAM scandal at UNC, the result is compounded confusion over what happens from here. The University’s new administration pledged that an independent investigation would tell the whole story and allow Carolina to move ahead into the future. It indeed connected some dots that closed gaping holes, thanks mainly to the testimony of Debby Crowder and Julius Nyang’oro, but the 131-page, spiral-bound booklet raises many more questions that are still unanswered. No wonder there was a strong belief in some corners of the university to do...

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