Category Archives: Complementary Health

Dementia Dialogues from Memory Matters

Memory Matters will offer a free, five-part series on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13 at The Cypress, 20 Ladyslipper Lane, Hilton Head.  Dementia Dialogues instructor, Melissa Dalton of Memory Matters will present this training.

Dementia Dialogues is a five-session training designed to educate individuals who care for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.  This program includes information on the symptoms of dementia, effective techniques for verbal and non-verbal communication, caregiving strategies, how to address challenging behaviors and environmental factors that affect the safety and behavior of those with dementia.  Dementia Dialogues training is made possible through the Office for the Study of Aging and the SC Department of Health and Human Services.

Registration is required.  To attend or for more information call 843-842-6688 or email

Improving Sleep For Family Caregivers

Everyone misses out on a good night’s sleep at some point or another. But when adequate sleep becomes a nightly struggle, it drains energy and can drastically affect a person’s health, mood and daily functioning.

People who have difficulty falling asleep and-or staying asleep might be dealing with the sleep disorder called insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia also can include waking up too early in the morning or feeling unrefreshed upon waking. Insomnia is classified as either short-term or chronic, when it lasts at least three nights a week for a month or longer.

Adults generally need seven to eight hours of restorative sleep a night.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Acupuncture

By Cheryl McCarthy

Have you found yourself becoming completely absorbed with an activity only to realize the next day that it had left you with pain, numbness and weakness in the wrist or hand?

Have you awakened in the middle of the night with intense wrist discomfort?

You could have carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS. CTS is defined as compression of the median nerve in the area of the wrist called the carpal tunnel. Continue reading