think tank

As the largest resource of information specific to women's brain health, we are sure you will find what you are looking for, and promise that you will discover new information.

Things No One Tells You About Alzheimer’s

Ask anyone what worries them most about getting older, and more than a few people will say losing the ability to remember things is high up on their list. After a lifetime of making memories and forging...

Out of Season

Seasonal rhythms are known to affect several aspects of human behaviour and physiology. For example, moods fluctuate throughout the year in individuals with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and seasonality seems to impact timing of onset...

When Push Comes to Shove

Dementia is commonly associated with cognitive impairment, particularly memory decline. However, dementia not only affects an individual’s ability to think and remember, it also causes changes in personality, emotions, and behaviour. These non-cognitive changes are...

Talking With Your Loved One About Memory Lapses

For the third time this week, your mom is fixated on finding the doily she sold at the garage sale five years ago. You think, “Maybe it’s time to talk with an aging specialist.” It’s time, according...

Knowing when it’s time to take control of your parents’ finances

Telling an elderly parent that they need to stop driving and taking away their car keys is one of the most difficult things adult children have to do. But there is something that can be...

Can A Caregiver Be Too Devoted?

Stacey G.’s (she asked that we use her last name initial only due to the personal details in the story) parents had a storybook romance. Married for over 60 years, her father still called...

Avoiding the holiday blues as a caregiver

The day-to-day responsibilities of Alzheimer’s caregiving can take its toll, and during the holidays, the range of emotions can run amuck and cause depression or “holiday blues.” As a caregiver, you should be especially attentive in recognizing...

What helps people live well with dementia

New research has identified the factors that enable people with dementia and their carers to live as well as possible. Led by the University of Exeter, the research seeks to inform support services and guide policy...

Differences Between Male and Female Caregivers

We typically think of caregivers as women, and while statistically, it is accurate that more women than men provide care for older family members, men do their fair share. He Said, She Said One...

The First Time I Knew There was a Problem

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is now the most-feared disease in many western nations, surpassing cancer, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Awareness of dementia is higher than ever before, with individuals across the globe searching for signs...

Staying Hydrated Boosts Brain Power

Water consumption and brain function are integrally connected. Over 60% of the adult human body is composed of water and every system in the body is dependent on proper hydration, including the activities of the...

4 Tips to Enhance Daily Life for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Enhancing daily life for a loved one with Alzheimer’s often starts by empowering caregivers to cope with the increasing memory loss and behavioral changes that characterize the disease. Caregiver support is especially important given that...

Tips For Travelling with a Parent with Alzheimer’s

If your parent is living with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, you might think that travel is off the table. In fact, not only can people who have dementia travel, but...

Tips and strategies for a new Alzheimer’s caregiver

The most important thing to do for your loved one is to get educated about the disease. You and your loved one should embark on a knowledge and skill-based journey to fully know and understand Alzheimer’s disease....

Financial habits maybe as important as a brain scan to identify Alzheimer’s

Your financial habits may be just as important as a brain scan when it comes to diagnosing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Look no further than anyone who’s been diagnosed with a form of...

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...

Load more posts