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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...

Living – and thriving – with a dementia diagnosis

The change became apparent to me one morning when I got into my car and realized I didn’t know how to get to my dentist’s office. I had been his patient for years,...

Grieving for your loved one before they’re gone

Watching someone you love slowly withdraw from the pleasures of life, from relationships formed and hardly aware of her surroundings, let alone her granddaughter; this has impacted me more than I thought possible....

Sense of touch could trigger memories and reduce agitation in dementia residents

A national care provider is supporting pioneering artistic research that explores how the sense of touch can promote stimulation and emotional connection in dementia care. Working in collaboration with leading arts collective, Invisible Flock,...

Caring For A Parent with Dementia – What you can do to stay in the game

In The Unites States and Canada, about 16 million family members and friends are looking after people with dementia dedicating themselves to a staggering 18.5 billion hours of care. If you happen to be one...

When Mom is Difficult

Relationships between mothers and adult children can be challenging on the best of days, but when a mother gets dementia, that relationship can become downright difficult. In part, because of the well-known cognitive symptoms of...

Caregivers need to be aware of burnout danger

When one is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, chances are they are acutely aware of all of the details of that individual’s care.   They know what medication has...

Helping dementia patients recall grandchildren’s names

A novel telemedicine speech therapy program for people with language problems due to dementia significantly improved their ability to recall words they had “lost,” reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. One woman could once again identify the...

3 Controversial Decisions Alzheimer’s Caregivers Must Face

1. Should the Person Stop Driving? Sooner or later driving becomes a problem for all people with Alzheimer’s. There are usually many warning signs that it is no longer safe for them to be...

What to expect when you’re expecting to become a dementia caregiver

“I just can’t imagine what you’re going through.” It’s not...

Impact on daughter and daugter-in-law caregiver

One caregiver relationship that has been neglected in caregiver depression research is the daughter-in-law. Compared with Western countries, in which those who are closer in familial relationships such as the spouse or child usually take...

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