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Signs your mom is hiding her symptoms of dementia

It can be difficult to tell the difference between persistent memory loss and so-called “senior moments,” which could be the excuse your mom leans on to blame or hide her growing cognitive deficits. Your mom’s memory problems...

The emotional impact of a dementia diagnosis

The diagnosis of dementia is increasingly presenting doctors and patients with a psychological problem. At research centers like the University of Pennsylvania, new diagnostic science means patients can now learn that they have Alzheimer’s...

New communication technique helps people with dementia

People with advanced dementia could be helped to interact through a non-verbal communication technique known as ‘Adaptive Interaction’, researchers at the University of St Andrews have discovered. In the latter stages of dementia, those living with the condition...

What Does It Feel Like to Develop Alzheimer’s

Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you’re there? You probably have. Most of us have at one time or another. But what if, instead of this happening every...

Stop telling me to take care of myself

Self care — it’s easier said than done. We’re always being told we should take better care of ourselves, but we rarely get the help we need to actually do that. Here’s how...

11 Signs It Might Be Time for Assisted Living

The decision to help an aging adult move out of a current home is a complex one — both emotionally and practically. Above all, you want the person to be safe and well. How...

Tips and strategies in communicating with someone with Alzheimer’s

Those with Alzheimer’s disease experience changes in the way they communicate with others. The disease diminishes the individual’s ability to communicate and to understand others. The affected individual also has trouble expressing thoughts and emotions. There are...

A new way to think about dementia and sex

Persons living with dementia don’t have sex. Or they have weird sex. Or they have dangerous sex, in need of containment. When it comes to dementia and sexuality, negative language and apocalyptic...

Daughters are more likely to be the caregiver

“Aren’t there any sons?” “Sure aren’t. If it’s not daughters, it’s daughters-in-law.” This question and answer exchange is recounted in Making An Exit, Elinor Fuchs’ compelling narrative of her and her mother Lil Kessler’s decade of...

‘Unwanted advice’ when caring for someone with dementia

“My dad has dementia. I do my best to care for him but find that when my friends hear my story and they give advice and comments, I feel like some of them are...

Effects of solitary living on health care for Alzheimer’s disease patients

Swedish researchers report in an article published in the Journal of Alzheimer´s Disease that 46% of patients who are diagnosed with Alzheimer´s disease in Sweden live alone in their homes, in particular, older women. The patients who...

Study Reveals Toll of Dementia Care on Caregivers

Home Care Assistance, a provider of in-home care for seniors, released a study they commissioned through Research Now, illuminating the emotional impact of dementia caregiving in the United States. With one in four adults serving as a caregiver...

Tracking implants to locate wandering dementia sufferers

Professor June Andrews says advances in technology will mean a chip under the skin will save lives by pinpointing their location if they wander off.  She has even given her 20-year-old daughter the power of attorney to...

KETONES – A POTENTIAL NEW ALZHEIMER’S TREATMENT

Decades of research have revealed that brain glucose absorption is impaired in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), even before symptoms of cognitive decline appear. Glucose, derived from ingested carbohydrates, is the primary fuel used by...

Does It Hurt? Perception, Assessment & Treatment for Dementia Patients

  As people grow older, their risk of experiencing pain increases. The oldest population is hit the hardest, with pain prevalence rates of 72% among those aged 85 years and older. Given that dementia largely affects...

Personal music playlists may reduce medication use with dementia

Nursing home residents with dementia who listen to a personalized music playlist may need less psychotropic medication and have improved behavior, a recent study suggests. The individualized music program designed for nursing homes, called...

7 simple ways to help someone with dementia

Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common being Alzheimer’s disease. The way in which dementia progresses is unique to each individual. Dementia often starts with short-term memory loss,but...

What to Tell the Kids About Their Grandparent’s Dementia

When Michele Macomber’s mother was diagnosed with dementia, she reached out for professional guidance about how to discuss it with her 10-year-old daughter. “I credit this with why my child, who is now 14,...

In-home care of dementia patients falls mainly on women

The responsibility of providing care to the vast number of patients with dementia expected over the next 20 years will disproportionately fall on working women, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of...

Supportive Relationships Can Stave Off Dementia

Seniors who have a good relationship with their adult children also have a reduced risk of developing dementia, according to a new UK research published Tuesday in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Carried out by a team of researchers...

5 Ways To Help Patients With Dementia Enjoy Life

It’s  the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed...

Caregiving and Women

The responsibilities of caring for someone with dementia often fall to women. Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women. More specifically, over one-third of dementia caregivers are daughters. It is more common for wives to provide informal care...

How to talk to a loved one about memory loss

It can be one of the most difficult conversations you’ll ever have. And one of the most important. When a loved one begins to struggle with memory loss, you can’t help but worry. Soon, others...

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