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April 2008

Alzheimer's Support and A Place For Mom

There's a new online Alzheimer's disease support group at www.mdjunction.com/alzheimers-disease. It looks like a very good site with a lot of help. I'll be posting the link on the sidebar, as well.

Also, www.aplaceformom.com is packed with experts, articles and advice on finding care centers in your area. There are people from all over the country to help. Just choose your location. They have a community of caregivers blogging, as well.

Do visit both of these fine sites and see if they have what you are looking for.

Can Antioxidants Reverse or Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

In my previous blog, I wrote about an encouraging study of a drug called Dimebon. This drug, if approved, may help people with Alzheimer's keep their independence longer.Now, according to new findings published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, we have another reason to celebrate. The release, found on medicalnewstoday.com and titled "Antioxidant Therapy Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer's Disease - Improved Blood Flow Boosted Cognition And Behavior In Mice With AD-Like Illness," gives hope that there are ways of "shutting off" the damaging effects of free radicals that could even reverse ...

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Dimebon, A New Alzheimer’s Drug, Shows Promise

The American Academy of Neurology 60th Annual Meeting brought news of a new Alzheimer's drug called Dimebon. The drug just made it through a pivotal phase of testing. Although it faces more trials before it will be marketable, the information implies that Dimebon could prove to be an important part of future Alzheimer's treatment.

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Counseling for Caregivers

An article by Denise Clark, titled "The Importance of Counseling for Caregivers," shares some good advice that could help guide a stressed caregiver into a counseling situation, where he or she could safely talk about issues that might otherwise be stuffed. Clark begins:

"Caregivers are in a unique position to provide care for the physical, mental and spiritual needs of parents and other loved ones. However, who cares for the caregiver’s needs?"

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Balancing Your Personal Life and Caregiving

I've written and spoken about caregivers caring for themselves until it's nearly become a mantra. However, I still notice that most caregivers are like me. My own needs always came last. I still do that, but I'm more aware of my own needs. Hey, that's progresss!

This article, from Harvard Health Publications, doesn't have the feel of "been there" that caregivers writing for caregivers have, but it's got some good tips. Check it out and see if you learn something new.

"When you're a caregiver, the scales can tip wildly when you least expect it. That's hard, particularly if you're already feeling stretched. A minor medical emergency makes it impossible for you to get to work all morning, or to focus when you do."

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Preventing the 5 Kinds of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse affects four percent of the elder population every year. But, according to experts, less than one in 14 cases of elder abuse is reported to law enforcement authorities. Elder abuse is any action that victimizes your parent to the gain of another person. The abuse may be financial in nature or physically abusive to the elder. It may be deliberate in its harm; or it may be caused by incompetence of the person offering a particular caregiving service.

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Finding Alternatives to Restraining Dementia Patients

Yahoo News recently ran an article by AP writer Kevin Freking titled, "Nursing homes cut back on restraints." I addressed restraints here on OurAlzheimers in an article titled "For Dementia Patients, Drugs Shouldn't Be Used to Control." While that article focused on drugs, I also wrote about what any type of physical restraint would do to my dad, and how hard it was to accept that he would sometimes get hurt because of his choices.

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“Could It Be Dementia?” A Caregiving Book Packed With Compassion and Information

Coulditbedementia I'm still frequently amazed at how much the Internet shrinks the world. An author in the United Kingdom was researching her book on dementia and Alzheimer's disease. She came across some of my work, and quoted an article I'd written a couple of years ago, for Minding Our Elders. Of course, I was pleased and honored that she quoted me and was happy to give approval.

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