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Communication Tips and Activities for a Child to do with their Loved One with Dementia

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be confusing for everyone involved-but a child might have more questions as to what is happening. The following are tips that all families can use when communicating with a loved one with dementia, as well as activities that children can engage in with their loved one.     The National Institute …

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5 Warning Signs Loved Ones Should Not Avoid when it comes to Dementia

On September 21, World Alzheimer’s Day, awareness surrounding the disease is heightened and people are engaging in conversations about the illness and how it effects everyone involved. More than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and according to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 67 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s. Since there is no cure for …

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Memory Slips Could Signal Dementia

Elderly people who are experiencing memory lapses are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia later on, according to new research. It suggests those with memory complaints are three times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment within nine years; within 12 years, 80 percent had full-blown dementia. Study author Richard Kryscio, associate director of …

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Impaired Brain Signaling Pathway may cause Alzheimer’s

Scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL have found a defect in a brain signaling pathway that may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This could lead to new prevention and treatment strategies.     Past studies suggest Alzheimer’s results from too much of a protein called beta-amyloid in the brain. The Mayo …

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Down Syndrome Study provides more clues about Alzheimer’s Disease

According to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center, the protein commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid-β, and its impact on memory may not be as clear as previously thought. Lead study author Sigan Hartley, UW-Madison assistant professor of human development and family studies, and Brad Christian, UW-Madison associate professor of medical …

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The Best Books to Help Explain Alzheimer’s Disease to a Child

Alzheimer’s disease can be confusing and scary for anyone, but for a child or teen, it is important to talk with them as soon as possible so they begin to understand how the disease might change the relationship they have previously shared with their loved one. It may begin with a loved one forgetting a …

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Human Brain Compensates for Alzheimer’s-Linked Protein

A new study may offer an explanation as to why some people with a build- up of beta-amyloid deposits, the destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, never develop dementia. The study’s principal investigator Dr. William Jagust, from the University of California, Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, said, “This study provides evidence that there is plasticity …

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Alzheimer’s Caregiving doesn’t have to be Emotionally Isolating

Alzheimer’s caregivers often feel emotionally isolated as they struggle to face the challenges they encounter on a daily basis. Sue Shipper can’t remember exactly when she became isolated from everyone in her life as she took care of her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband, Robert.   Shipper’s story is very common among Alzheimer’s caregivers whose isolation becomes a …

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Rare Blood Type may Raise Dementia Risk

A new study finds that people with blood type AB, about 4% of the population, may have an increased risk for memory problems as they age. Over a three year study, those with blood type AB were almost twice as likely to experience memory problems as those with type O blood. Those with blood type …

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10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients

A loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia does not have to give up things they love. In the early stages of dementia, activities can be modified to the person’s ability to help enhance the quality of life. However, as the disease progresses, it may become difficult for the person carry on a conversation, respond to …

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