Monthly Archives: July 2013

 

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Keeping a Smile on Your Face with Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

When you first receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, it might feel as if the world is slipping away from you. It can be hard to move at all, much less stay positive and start making future plans that will make the later stages of the disease easier for you and your family. Most people have […]
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What is Dementia?

Dementia is a broad term referring to all diseases that cause loss of thinking, memory and reasoning skills beyond normal aging. The most common and well known by far is Alzheimer’s disease, but it is not the only one. All types of dementia are characterized by brain cells dying off daily and in high numbers […]
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Caregiving for Someone in the Late-stage of Alzheimer’s

The late stage of Alzheimer’s disease can unfortunately last from several weeks to several years. Because of that, as the disease advances, intensive, around-the-clock care is usually required. If you are a caregiver for someone with late stage Alzheimer’s, you will notice that his or her needs will change and deepen due to the increase […]
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Caregiving’s Emotional Isolation

Alzheimer’s caregivers are often so overwhelmed by their responsibilities that they become absorbed by the tasks at hand. When there are bad days, they are more likely to blame themselves for their problems and become too ridden with feelings of guilt, shame, and failure to ask for help. Another problem is that caregivers might not […]
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Use it or Lose it

A new study finds that doing brain-stimulating activities from your childhood, such as reading books, writing letters and solving everyday problems through old age may help to prevent clinical signs of dementia such as memory loss. “Certain things increase or decrease your vulnerability to cognitive [mental] decline,” said Robert Wilson, the study’s lead author. By […]
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Learning About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and mental functioning. If your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, his or her ability to reason, learn, and communicate declines. The disease can also change his or her personality and behavior, as well as increase anxiety, agitation, and delusion. It […]
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Planning Ahead with Alzheimer’s

If a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it is very important for you and your family to plan for the future, especially the legal aspect of it. The sooner you start, the more you will be able to have your loved one participate in the decision making before his or her symptoms worsen. […]
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Could Green Tea Prevent Alzheimer’s?

Green tea has long been known for its antioxidants benefits, but new research is starting to show that it can also help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center discovered that the flavonoid ECGC, or epigallocatechin-3-gallate, found in green tea could bind to the toxic protein beta-amyloid, which collects in patients […]