Archives for October 2013

Medicines to Treat Alzheimer’s Symptoms and Behaviors

(NIH) “Dad was nervous and depressed at the same time. He couldn’t sit still, but he also didn’t sleep well. His doctor gave him medicine to help. At first, he was too sleepy. Then, the doctor adjusted the medicine, and Dad’s doing better.” People with AD may take medications to treat: The disease itself Mood or other […]

New! Miracle Cure: Beware of Health Scams

(NIH) You see the ads everywhere these days—“Smart Drugs” for long life or “Arthritis Aches and Pains Disappear Like Magic!” or even statements claiming, “This treatment cured my cancer in 1 week.” It’s easy to understand the appeal of these promises. But there is still plenty of truth to the old saying, “If it sounds […]

101 Activities You Can Enjoy from the Alzheimer’s Association

Dear Readers: Here is a great list of 101 activities you can enjoy with your Alzheimer’s loved one. The list is published by the Alzheimer’s Association. You can print the list and go over a few ideas and see which activities are of interest. It’s a great way to spend a few hours over the […]

Groundbreaking Project Looks at Dementia, Other Health Factors in the ‘Oldest Old’

(Medical News Today) UC Irvine’s trailblazing 90+ Study, launched in 2003 to learn more about the “oldest old,” the fastest-growing age group in the U.S., will continue for at least another five years, thanks to a $9.5 million renewal grant from the National Institute on Aging. Previously funded by two five-year NIA awards totaling $20 […]

Behavioral Syndromes in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2013 Aug 20. [Epub ahead of print] Behavioral Syndromes in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease. Van der Mussele S, Mariën P, Saerens J, Somers N, Goeman J, De Deyn PP, Engelborghs S. Reference Center for Biological Markers of Dementia (BIODEM), Laboratory of Neurochemistry and Behavior, Institute Born-Bunge, University of Antwerp, Belgium Department of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences, Faculty […]

13 Essential Tips for Dementia Caregivers

(TheHuffingtonPost) The journey of dementia is never easy, and it can be made many times worse if family members do not have the internal tools to take care of themselves and their loved ones. Here, based on years of experience in successfully navigating the dementia care landscape, are 13 tips that may save you a […]

Caregiver Depression: Prevention Counts

(Mayo Clinic) Caregiver depression can take a toll on you and your ability to care for your loved one. Understand the signs of caregiver depression — and know how to prevent it. Caregiving is often physically and emotionally stressful. In an effort to provide the best care possible, you might put your loved one’s needs […]

Caring for the Elderly: Dealing with Resistance

(Mayo Clinic) Caring for the elderly can be challenging — particularly if a loved one is resistant to care. Understand what’s causing your loved one’s resistance and how you can encourage cooperation. One of the toughest challenges you can face when caring for the elderly is resistance to care. How do you help a loved […]