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Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Take Care of Yourself Too

Being an Alzheimer’s caregiver means taking on a lot of responsibilities. Sometimes you may be so preoccupied with caring for your loved one that you neglect your own health. Here are some tips to stay healthy as a caregiver:     Visit the doctor:   Visit the doctor at least once a year and report […]
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5 Little-Known Warning Signs of Dementia

It is important to look for early indicators of possible dementia so that you can begin treatment faster. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these warning signs, speak to a doctor:       You’re feeling depressed: A new study examining about 2,400 seniors found that those who report symptoms of […]
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UK Researchers Use Verbal Cues in Dementia Diagnoses

  Researchers in the UK have developed a method of verbal analysis that may help determine whether or not a patient’s described memory loss is due to early dementia.     Consultant Neurologist Dr. Daniel Blackburn of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says of his own clinic, “Six years ago one in five patients […]
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Dementia and Money: How to Have the Talk

  Relinquishing control of finances can be a sensitive topic for a loved one with dementia. Dementia tries to rob us of our dignity and limits our independence, so people suffering from it may be resistant to ceding financial control as a point of pride. Unfortunately, dementia can weaken a person’s ability to make good […]
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It’s Never too Early for Alzheimer’s Testing

With no current treatment for dementia, a small group of researchers are looking for ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease by working on tests that could detect the disease years, even decades, before symptoms show up. With the number of cases expected to triple by 2050, researchers are quickly looking for a solution.     Researchers […]
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Life with Alzheimer’s: Jeanie’s Story

Jeanie is a caregiver to her father who has Alzheimer’s. Here is her story that she shared with the Alzheimer’s Association:      Every person is different; every case of Alzheimer’s is different too. My dad is 86, and received his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s last fall. He spent three weeks in a hospital in Atlanta […]
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Improving Patient Care with Patient-Focused Apps

Researchers from the EU-funded MIRROR project have developed new apps that enable healthcare workers to provide more personalized care to dementia patients. The goal of the apps was for workers in residential homes to be more creative and effective in delivering person-centered care. One interesting feature of The Carer App, for example, is caregivers can […]
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A Caregiver’s Story: Getting into a Dementia Patient’s Head

Carol Bradley Bursack was a caregiver to her father who had severe dementia. By traveling into his world and providing him with validation on what he thought was real to him, she was able to provide him with what he needed. Here is her story:     “Dad was adamant. He was waiting for his […]
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Holiday Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

The holidays can be a stressful time, not only for Alzheimer’s caregivers, but also your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.  “I think with the holidays it’s really important for us to take a practical approach and really adjust our expectations,” said Ruth Drew, director of family and information services at the Alzheimer’s Association. “Maybe there […]
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Could Negative Thinking Increase the Risk for Alzheimer’s?

Up until now, researchers have focused on how physical factors increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, however, now, a group of researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London have suggested that psychological factors may also play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. They have reported that repetitive negative thinking (RNT), […]