Category Archives: Opinions

Are Alzheimer’s and dementia the same?

Dementia is an umbrella term for several types of diseases. Alzheimer’s disease is one type of dementia. Let me explain.

Dementia is a broad description that includes many different symptoms of general decline in mental ability. It must be severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by injury or loss of brain cells (neurons). Once brain cells are injured, they lose their ability to communicate with other cells, leading to dysfunction.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are a number of conditions that affect the brain and can be attributed to the category of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. Other causes for dementia include Lewy body

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Pin-Ups for Vets

It was with great irritation that I learned about a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital cancelling a previously scheduled visit from a group called Pin-Ups for Vets, without (apparently) doing its homework. After a hue and cry on the hospital’s website, it finally said yes, and the visit was on again.

Pin-Ups for Vets, a kitchen-table startup that has been quite successful in supporting veterans, was created in honor of a grandfather who served during World War II. Since 2007, the group has visited more than 60 military hospitals and 20 military bases (some overseas), and have been welcomed at each one. They donate funds for veteran programs, deliver care packages, support homeless veterans and military wives, make hospital visits (wearing their vintage dresses) and chat with the veterans,

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Water fountains and other matters

It’s an excellent idea to have public water fountains, because people often feel thirsty when running around the country. After conducting a careful survey and collecting data, it is time to produce a report. The facts in this water fountain report are somewhat accurate, or as some would say, partially correct.

First, not all water fountains are equal, although many of us think they should be.

The term equal refers to in this report the standard of cleanliness, height of the water flow, length of the flow, ease of operation, convenience of location and placement and height of the fountain itself. Also included in this report are quality and temperature of the water.

And although this last standard appears last in the list, this by no means indicates that the

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Courier Letters to the Editor 10-11-17

Applauding The Courier

Dear Editor,

The Oct. 4 Pickens County Courier was really good, as usual.

Olivia Fowler’s article “Champagne days of fall” was excellent. It was a tear jerker — I was crying when I finished reading it. Go Olivia!

The letter to the editor by Alex Saitta about our local council spending money and not managing it was really important. He should have been elected for office. The sound advice he gives in his letters is brilliant and should be adhered to.

Also, Eddie Boggs’ letters are always good, giving honor and praise to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. His letter “Supernatural does exist” was very interesting. Yes, it does exist.

This month is Halloween, and Christians should not celebrate it because it’s about the devil, our enemy.

Also, I enjoy the weekly CryptoQuote. I only ask you to print it larger, if possible, to make it easier to solve.

Lastly, thank your for being pink this month for breast cancer awareness. Maybe it will save someone’s life.

Diane Finley



Time for Medicare open enrollment

Medicare has open enrollment every year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7. It’s the only time you can make changes to your existing plans. Making decisions about Medicare can be tough because once you make any changes, you have to live with them for a year. Here are a few things to know:

• When you sign up during open enrollment, coverage will start Jan. 1, 2018.

• If you’ve already had Medicare, you’ll receive a Medicare & You booklet in the mail. Spend the time between now and December reviewing it and deciding if you need to make any changes.

• By now you should have received notices in the mail as well, either a Notice of Change or

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Despite name, Cadillac tax will harm poor and ill most

A massive blow to South Carolina’s families is being overlooked in the current national debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act: the impending implementation of the 40 percent Cadillac tax.

Americans were told that the excise tax on health insurance plans exceeding a certain price was integral to making Obamacare work financially. In reality, the tax punishes 177 million Americans for the sin of having employer-sponsored health insurance.

The tax, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2020, will likely harm more than 2.2 million South Carolinians. Forty-six percent of the state’s residents face paying higher premiums for

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Champagne days of fall

This time of year, I think of those clear bright October afternoons of long ago. Grandmama called them the champagne days, because she said they sparkled. When the bus stopped on the road in front of Sycamore Hill, we’d hop up from our seats and carry ourbooks with us down the steps. Then we’d walk through the bright afternoon sunshine up the long, winding, sandy drive to Grandmama’s front porch.

Once inside, we’d taste sweet freedom, dump our books on the couch in the front hall and run into our rooms to change clothes. Then down the hallway we’d go, back to the kitchen, where I think Grandmama almost lived.

This was a day she’d tell us it was time to make

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Drink coffee, live longer

Once again, new studies have shown that drinking coffee helps us live longer. This time they’ve taken it a step further — it doesn’t matter how you make it.

Neither of the two studies was small. In the first, researchers tracked 210,000 people in 10 European countries for some 16 years. Coffee drinkers had lower risk of liver disease, lower rates of diseases of the circulatory and digestive systems (in men) and lower rates of cancer (in women). That’s quite a list. Those who drank three cups per day had a lower risk than those who didn’t drink coffee at all, and it didn’t matter in which country.

One reason they chose Europe was the various methods of coffee preparation across the

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Letters to the Editors

Spending money, not managing it

Dear Editor,

I have long supported building a new and bigger jail. However, I do not support the way the new council is funding it by borrowing a ton and raising taxes at the end of next year to pay for it.

The old council saved about $25 million. It decided to build the new jail, put down about $17

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Grow old along with me

There are 14 left. It’s hard to believe seven of us aren’t there anymore. At least in life. Their graduation pictures were mounted at the memorial table, and they were just as I remembered them, young and full of life.

And though I know they grew older, just as the rest of us did, and they became a little battered by life, I’ll always remember them as young, laughing and full of energy.

The rest of us are for the most part recognizable. Solid citizens all, who have led and are still leading productive lives. Yes, there are wrinkles, vanishing hair

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