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Alzheimer's & Memory Loss

100 Simple Tips to Prevent Alzheimer’s & Memory Loss

VIDEO & ARTICLE – BOOK OF THE WEEK: CNN’s former medical correspondent has written a book on dementia containing “100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss“. Backed by good science, see the author discuss a few of these “100 Simple Things” that help preserve thinking and memory. Most people […]
Making Nursing Home Visits Meaningful

Making Nursing Home Visits Meaningful

By Sandra Stimson Oftentimes, as nursing home residents decline, they lose the ability to communicate. Sadly, this is a time when families stop visiting as often because they don’t know what to say or how to make the visits meaningful for the family, as well as their loved one. Sometimes, just being present can be […]

Comfort Care: Letting Go

TEEPA CARE-TIP VIDEO: Caregiving for dementia is a long, challenging journey. It is hardest to discuss advanced dementia care. It can leave profound and lasting impressions on caregivers. Watch Teepa Snow provide insights into the most difficult stage of letting go.
Morality, Social Bonds & Dementia

Morality, Social Bonds & Dementia

“Oh, he’s the same old Jim!” When memory, function and personality fade, the foundations of a relationship may stay the same. But the moment people perceive (correctly or not) that moral traits are going, relationships deteriorate. A new study reveals how easy it is to fall into this relationship-destroying trap and how essential it is […]
Can We Retrieve Memories Lost to Alzheimer’s?

Can We Retrieve Memories Lost to Alzheimer’s?

One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss.  Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way to retrieve memories that were thought to have been lost.  The experiment consisted of mice that showed the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.  Using a technique known as optogenetics, the researchers were able to […]

Big Financial Costs Are Part Of Alzheimer’s Toll On Families

Yet another article highlighting the financial aspects of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.  One couple talks about how their financial plans were erased when the husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Many Americans believe that Medicare will cover the cost of nursing homes but Medicare will not do that.  Prevention is the key to dealing with this […]
Alzheimer's patients make "startling" sacrifices

Some caring for Alzheimer’s patients make “startling” sacrifices

Alzheimer’s disease can significantly burden the life of not only the patient, but the caregiver too.  The main problems of being a caregiver are related to money and time.  Many caregivers spend their savings to take care of the person affected by Alzheimer’s.  One-third of caregivers reported that their income went down due to reduced […]

Why Does the Rate of Alzheimer’s Increase with Age?

Healthy brains regularly clear Alzheimer’s-causing amyloid-beta. Our ability to do so slows with age. A sizable study demonstrated that in our 30s, a healthy brain clears amyloid-beta every four hours. At 80 years old, it takes more than 10 hours. This may explain the link between age and Alzheimer’s, as well as what we need […]