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Activities to Get the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patient Engaged

(BrightFocus Foundation) Puzzles, word games, picture books, arts and crafts, music, dancing, gardening, walking, and folding clothes are just some of the many activities that one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can participate. Caregivers enjoy finding a new activity to engage their loved one. And there are many options, but knowing how to engage them in an activity […]


Calling All Caregivers: Do You Know About the Health-eBrain Study?

(BrightFocus Foundation) A pioneering online health study to assess the cognitive toll of Alzheimer’s and dementias caregiving using online brain performance tests was officially announced today at a ReACT/AARP event. Employers from more than 75 corporations, academic institutions, non-profits and government attended the event, which was held at AARP’s Washington, DC headquarters. The 21CBT®/Caregiver Health-eBrain […]

New Study Highlights Health Benefits of Social Engagement Among Older People

(Trinity College Dublin) A study investigating the impacts of loneliness on older people in Ireland conducted by Professor Brian Lawlor, Connolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Clinical Director, NEIL Programmme at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, has demonstrated a decrease in loneliness among those who received a volunteer visit to promote social connection for […]

New Front in War in Alzheimer’s, Other Protein-Folding Diseases

(UC Berkeley) A surprise discovery that overturns decades of thinking about how the body fixes proteins that come unraveled greatly expands opportunities for therapies to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which have been linked to the accumulation of improperly folded proteins in the brain. “This finding provides a whole other outlook on protein-folding […]

Aluminium and its Likely Contribution to Alzheimer’s Disease

(Keele University) A world authority on the link between human exposure to aluminium in everyday life and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease, Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, UK, says in a new report that it may be inevitable that aluminium plays some role in the disease. He says the human brain is both […]


Fear Drives Shadowing of Alzheimer’s Caregivers

(Mayo Clinic with Angela Lunde) I received a message the other day from a gentleman who said that in his support group the issue of "shadowing" comes up frequently. Shadowing is when the person with dementia attempts to keep his or her caregiver in their sight at all times, following them like a small child would his or her parent. Shadowing can … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s and Memories: Use Mementos as Cues

(Mayo Clinic) Memories can be preserved in many ways, from scrapbooks to recorded interviews. Here's help documenting your loved one's life story. Life is like a tapestry, woven from memories of people and events. Your unique tapestry reminds you of who you are, where you've been and what you've done. Sadly, Alzheimer's disease gradually … [Read More...]

Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease: Understanding the Unique Challenges

(BrightFocus Foundation) About half of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) will experience clinically significant depressive symptoms at some point.  Depression can occur during early, middle, or later phases of the illness. The timing of depression during AD influences its characteristics and also help to determine the treatment … [Read More...]

Facts about Alzheimer’s Disease

(AlzInfo.org) Here is a quick list of facts about Alzheimer's disease from the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease Every 70 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer's, now the fifth leading killer, rose 47% from 2000 to 2006 54% of the U.S. … [Read More...]

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American Geriatrics Society Feeding Tubes in Advanced Dementia Position Statement

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Aug;62(8):1590-3. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12924. Epub 2014 Jul 17. American Geriatrics Society feeding tubes in advanced dementia position statement. American Geriatrics Society Ethics Committee and Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee. Abstract When eating difficulties arise, feeding tubes are not recommended for … [Read More...]

Oral Inflammation, Tooth Loss, Risk Factors, and Association with Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Jan 1;42(3):723-37. doi: 10.3233/JAD-140387. Oral inflammation, tooth loss, risk factors, and association with progression of Alzheimer's disease. Singhrao SK1, Harding A2, Simmons T3, Robinson S4, Kesavalu L5, Crean S2. Author information  Abstract Periodontitis is a polymicrobial chronic inflammatory disease of … [Read More...]

Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise in Adults with Dementia

Aging Ment Health. 2014 Jul 14:1-10. [Epub ahead of print] Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ): qualitative analysis of a clinical trial in older adults with dementia. Wu E1, Barnes DE, Ackerman SL, Lee J, Chesney M, Mehling WE. Author information Abstract Objectives Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise … [Read More...]

Healthy Lifestyles Reduce the Incidence of Chronic Diseases and Dementia

PLoS One. 2013 Dec 9;8(12):e81877. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081877. eCollection 2013. Healthy lifestyles reduce the incidence of chronic diseases and dementia: evidence from the caerphilly cohort study. Elwood P1, Galante J1, Pickering J1, Palmer S1, Bayer A1, Ben-Shlomo Y2, Longley M3, Gallacher J1. Author information … [Read More...]

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