• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Recognizing opioid abuse

March 12, 2018

a middle-aged woman looking concerned and worried, looking at a younger womanTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
How to tell if a loved one is abusing opioids
Is someone you love abusing opioid medications? It may not be easy to tell, especially in the early stages of addiction. Perhaps you've noticed changes in your loved one's moods or behavior that don't add up. Or maybe your intuition is telling you there's a problem. Here are some risk factors, typical changes that might indicate a problem and questions to ask if you're concerned.

Adult day service: What you need to know
Adult day services are programs that provide care and companionship for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. If you're a caregiver, an adult day service might be good for both you and the person you're looking after. Learn more about the benefits and program options that might be right for you and your loved one.

EXPERT ANSWERS
What's the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's? 
These terms often are used interchangeably, but they have different meanings. Dementia is not a specific disease. It's a term that describes a wide range of symptoms. Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia, but it's not the only one. Learn more from Dr. Jonathan Graff-Radford, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

What are superbugs and how can I protect myself from infection?
"Superbugs" is a term used to describe strains of bacteria that are resistant to most antibiotics commonly used. Resistant bacteria cause pneumonia, urinary tract infections, skin infections and other sometimes life-threatening infections. Learn more from Dr. James Steckelberg, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, about what causes superbugs and what you can do to protect yourself.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Eating disorder treatment: Know your options
Shock: First aid
Restless legs syndrome
Peptic ulcer

HEALTHY RECIPES
Cilantro lime dressing
Pico de gallo
Butternut squash ravioli
Asparagus, tomato and red pepper French bread pizza

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Add taste without adding salt or fat
Want to cook healthier meals with less fat and salt? Try these tips:

  1. Kick it up with herbs and spices.
  2. Try wine, balsamic vinegar or fruit juice instead of oil-based marinades.
  3. Use dried mushrooms, tomatoes, chilies or cranberries when you want a burst of flavor.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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