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Severity of Alzheimer’s Can Vary by Season

The thinking ability of people with Alzheimer’s disease changes depending on the season, researchers report. These patients are better in the late summer and early fall than in the winter and spring, according to the analysis of data...

Do’s and don’ts of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is increasing worldwide, and longer life expectancy is contributing to the rapid increase in the numbers and prevalence of chronic diseases such as dementia. During September we celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month,...

MIND MATTERS – Women, Technology & Caregiving

In 2012, almost one-third of the Canadian population provided care to family members or friends with long-term health conditions, primarily those linked to aging/frailty and forms of dementia. This number will only increase, placing more and...

Lack of Sleep Common for Dementia Caregivers

More than 90 percent of people caring for a family member with dementia experience poor sleep, according to new research by the University at Buffalo School of Nursing. The study found that most participants got less than...

Higher risk for abuse for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, elders with dementia are thought to be at a greater risk of abuse and neglect than those of the general elderly population. Elder abuse, the center notes, is one...

DOLL THERAPY HELPS DEMENTIA PATIENTS FIND PURPOSE

For most patients, a hospital is a safe space to receive care. But when some of those patients have dementia, that same hospital becomes an environment where a patient’s world is out of control. This destabilizing feeling can...

Managing behavioural outbursts in someone with Alzheimer’s

The root cause of behavioural outbursts in someone with Alzheimer’s disease is mostly due to the decline in the person’s language and communication skills. Outbursts also can be caused by an unmet need or needs. The affected...

A HOME WORTH REMEMBERING

A stroll through the Dutch community of De Hogeweyk is a journey to what could be the future of dementia care. Located within the small town of Weesp, just outside of Amsterdam, De Hogeweyk is...

Saving-Face Responses

Dementia, in any form, is a heartbreaking disease that can take away one’s thinking and judgement abilities before they pass. To save face, people with dementia often pretend to know answers to questions, even...

A Healthy Social Life Can Save Grandma’s Memory

Having strong social ties can cause memory improvement in old age, according to a new study by The Ohio State University researchers. They determined that mice living in groups developed better memories and...

‘Smoothing Over’ Memory Loss In Alzheimer’s

We are storytellers, connecting the dots, whether they connect or not, into a narrative. And much the way that optical illusions reveal how our brain processes visual information, narratives at...

How to Run a Family Caregiving Meeting

It’s not that she didn’t want to meet with her older sisters. At Christmas, Easter and birthdays every year, they got along just fine. But when I suggested to my 52-year-old client Sabrina to...

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Determined to Lower their own Risk of Cognitive Decline But May Not be Doing Enough

Nearly two-thirds of caregivers whose loved ones suffer from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s or related dementia say they would take medication to delay the onset of their own memory loss by even six months, if...

Too Young to Care

While millennials are often perceived as “selfish,” “entitled,” and “lazy” compared to other generations, there is a hidden group of individuals within this segment of the population that is far from these stereotypes – young...

Balancing Act – When Work and Caregiving Collide

Worldwide, it is estimated that nearly 47 million people are living with dementia and this number will almost double every 20 years, reaching 75 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050. Individuals with dementia...

Managing difficult behavior caused by Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die, so the brain works less well over time. This changes how a person acts. This article prepared by the National Institute on Aging has suggestions that...

Music Sparks Regions of Brain Spared by Alzheimer’s

New research is looking into developing music-based treatments to help alleviate anxiety in dementia patients. “People with dementia are confronted by a world that is unfamiliar to them, which causes disorientation and anxiety,” said...

The ‘Six Rs’ of behavioral management in Alzheimer’s

“The 36-Hour Day,” written by Nancy L. Pace and Dr. Peter V. Rabins, was first published in 1981 and includes the six R’s of behavioral management. The book is a comprehensive reference guide for those affected by...

When Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s Makes Something Up

“Has anyone got any tips on how to deal with when your loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease makes something up which you know isn’t true. Do you tell them it didn’t...

Tips for keeping your home safer for a person with Alzheimer’s

Some of us are “caregivers” — or we’re going to be. Some of us recognize that word and some of us don’t. So I’ll provide Mark’s Standard Definition – A caregiver is somebody...

Why Do We Hide Dementia?

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) comes equipped with an inherent social stigma that has the power to dehumanize even the most vivacious person. Research has demonstrated that, when it comes to medical concerns, the...

Gender Gap in Caregiving – The Unique Impact of Caregiving on Women

Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is not an easy task. Caregiving is a long-term endeavour that is mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially demanding, and is a role that...

How can my siblings manage our mom’s Alzheimer’s care and stay amicable?

You and your siblings cannot care for your mom properly unless you first care for yourselves. Recognize that conflict usually affects the primary caregiver more so than any other member of the family. For the primary caregiver,...

Spending Changes Can Be a Sign of Memory Loss

I am often asked what signs are common with dementia patients other than the obvious memory loss. A common sign that often goes unnoticed is changes in their spending habits. Here are...

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