Archives for February 2016

Traumatic Brain Injury: Drug Shows Promise for Reducing Harmful Brain Inflammation

(MedicalNewsToday) In recent years, researchers have highlighted the potential long-term effects of traumatic brain injury, which include increased risk of dementia and other neurological disorders. Now, a new study has uncovered a drug that shows promise for reducing the brain damage caused by such an injury. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a bump, […]

Dementia Treatment Delayed Due To Misdiagnosis

(ScienceDaily) Many patients showing signs of dementia are quickly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when they might actually suffer from frontotemporal dementia, delaying the appropriate treatment for them. “Some people cannot tell frontotemporal dementia from Alzheimer’s disease,” said Joseph Masdeu, M.D., director of the Nantz National Alzheimer Center at Houston Methodist Hospital. “However, these diseases have different […]

Alzheimer’s Caregiving: Tips for Managing Guilt

(BrightFocus Foundation) Being a caregiver to one with Alzheimer’s can be rough terrain. Ask anyone who has journeyed down the caregiving path, and you will find many examples of an emotional experience, perhaps unlike any other. Chief among the many emotions associated with being a caregiver to one with Alzheimer’s is guilt. It is present […]

What You Can Do to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

(WebMD) As much as you love the person in your life who has Alzheimer’s disease, taking care of them can be stressful. People with the condition often need help for decades rather than a few months or years, says Mary G. Austrom, PhD, an expert on caregivers and Alzheimer’s disease at the Indiana University School […]

Mental Activity May Not Stave Off Alzheimer’s Progression

(MedicalNewsToday) New research, published this week in Neurology, confirms that remaining physically and mentally stimulated helps to stave off cognitive decline. However, the underlying brain alterations involved in Alzheimer’s disease do not seem be affected in most individuals. Over the past few years, evidence has mounted that keeping your mind and body in motion through mid-life […]

Are Women the Key to Unlocking Alzheimer’s?

(WebMD) Alzheimer’s disease hit the Schafferman siblings hard. Audrey was the first. She was diagnosed at age 65, about 3 years before her younger brother Gene. Audrey died in 2007. Gene would follow 5 years later. Gene’s daughter, Donna Shore, recalls that the disease looked a lot different in her father than it did in […]

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Can I Get Paid as a Caregiver?

(AARP) En español | Most caregiving starts out as a labor of love, but it can quickly grow into an expensive obligation. In these economically insecure times, caregivers are struggling with heavy financial responsibilities, especially if they’ve had to quit their jobs to provide care. I’m often asked by caregivers whether they can be paid […]

Can’t Take Being an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Anymore?

( Watching your once mentally sharp parent decline before your eyes. The parent’s uncontrollable anger and outbursts. The devastation of memory loss. Worrying that your parent will wander away from home and never come back. When you are taking care of a parent with Alzheimer’s, you are trying to cope with your own grief over […]