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SENIOR Health Fair - September 26, 2018 - 19 479-636-7700 Licensed personnel referral service | Serving Seniors For Over 29 Years SAFE, DEPENDABLE, AFFORDABLE home care so you can stay where you want to be - at home! We offer: Housekeeping, Laundry, Shopping, Errands, Meal Planning/ Preparation, Transportation to Appointments, Medication Reminders, Personal Care services (bathing, dressing, grooming, etc). 60 Sugar Creek Center • Bella Vista, AR 479-876-6190 • ALLENSFOODMARKET.COM OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 7AM-10PM Huge selecti of Nat al F ds! • FRESH PRODUCE • QUALITY MEAT • FULL SERVICE DELI When is clumsiness a cause for concern? By Karen Rice with Metro Creative Who hasn't tripped over his own feet or knocked over a water glass on a table? No one is immune to the occasional clumsiness, but some people may grow concerned that their bouts of clumsiness are becoming more frequent. For healthy people, bumping into a wall when misjudging a corner or dropping silverware on the floor is often a minor, isolated incident. Lack of concentration or multitasking often may be to blame. In 2007, Professor Charles Swanik and a research team at the University of Delaware stud- ied athletes to discover why some seem to be more injury prone than others. Research- ers found that clumsy athletes' brains seemed to have "slowed processing speed," which referred to how their brains understand new information and respond to it. But clumsiness also can be a sign of a bigger issue at play, namely motor problems within the brain. According to Taylor Harrison, MD, clinical instructor in the neuromuscu- lar division of Emory University, coordination of the body is complicated and tied to both motor and sensory systems. That means the eyes, brain, nerves, cerebel- lum, which specializes in coordination and balance, muscles, and bones must work together. Clumsiness can result from stroke, seizure disorders, brain trauma or the pres- ence of tumors, and other condi- tions. Clumsiness may be an early symptom of Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's. Parkinson's affects the central nervous system and can impair motor skills. Alzheimer's slowly damages and kills brain cells and may cause issues with coordina- tion. This may be the case with other dementias as well. Clumsiness may sometimes result from a lack of sleep or overconsump- tion of alcohol. Arthritis also can lead to clumsiness when joint pain and restrictive movements make it challenging to get around. Psychologists may suggest cogni- tive behavioral therapy or propose performing tasks with more mind- fulness to reduce clumsiness. If that doesn't work, men and women should visit their physicians, who can conduct tests to rule out certain things and provide peace of mind.

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