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Safe Return Systems for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Wandering is a common symptom of patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s. It can happen at any stage of dementia, including the early stages, with the patient becoming disorientated or confused about a period of time. Among patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, wandering can be extremely dangerous, but there are strategies you can take to prevent […]
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Preparing for a Successful Doctor’s Visit

Getting a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia to the doctors can be a frustrating event. Most individuals with memory loss will visit a trusting doctor willingly, with a little extra planning and effort on the caregiver’s part, however; if paranoia, delusional thinking, anxiety, depression or anger are present, then this can make a visit […]
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Caring for Spouse Linked to Older Women’s Wellbeing

A new study finds that older women are happier when doing chores and errands if caring for a disabled husband than simply doing housework alone. In addition, this study found that, unlike women, men did not experience any improvement in well-being when acting as a caregiver for their wife.   “A lot of studies have […]
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Overcoming the Stigma of Alzheimer’s Disease

Living or caring for someone with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be enough to handle, but unfortunately, stigma about the disease is something that the person has to deal with on a daily basis. Those with the disease report being misunderstood because of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease.     The stigma around Alzheimer’s […]

A Blood Test for Alzheimer’s

In the first study of its kind, researchers were able to narrow down biomarkers in the blood that can predict if an individual will develop Alzheimer’s. People in their 70’s can take this experimental blood test, which may predict if they will develop Alzheimer’s disease within the next two or three years. Scientists report that […]
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President Obama’s 2015 Budget Mirrors 2014 for Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease

President Obama recently released the FY 2015 budget, which shows similar funding for Alzheimer’s disease research and support services as the FY 2014 budget.  The budget allocates $30.2 billion to the National Institutes of Health, with the National Institute on Aging, which funds the majority of Alzheimer’s research, receiving $1.17 billion. This is the same […]
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Alzheimer’s Deaths Higher Than Previously Thought

The deadly disease that robs people of their memory and ability to live everyday life has now been estimated to be in the top three killers of Americans each year, just behind heart disease and cancer. A new study estimated that Alzheimer’s disease kills upwards of half a million lives every year.     In […]
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10 Ways to Keep your Brain (and Memory) Sharp

Your brain does more than just thinking; it controls everything you do, explains David S. Liebeskind, M.D., a Men’s Health advisor. That is the number one reason to keep it healthy. While scientists don’t yet have a solidified answer on how to do so, research has revealed plenty of ways to keep your brain sharp […]
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All it Takes is a Village for People with Dementia

Over 100 years ago, German psychiatrist, Alois Alzheimer, discovered a devastating condition that would bear his name. Unfortunately, we are no closer to a cure or treatment for this debilitating disease that affects roughly 135 million people in the world. However, in the Netherlands, there is a small village that is redefining how people with […]
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Self-Reported Fitness Level May Predict Future Dementia

In the first study of its kind, researchers from Finland suggest that an individual’s self-reported fitness level at mid-life could predict a person’s future risk of dementia. Researchers followed 3,559 adults for 30 years and found that a person’s increased risk for dementia could be predicted by a simple question about self-rated physical fitness in […]