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March 2013

Cancer Drug May Help in Alzheimer's Fight

The work of these scientists now offers the potential to guide the development of effective and safe drugs that could treat the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease. This fresh knowledge seems to offer a step forward in finding a method to stop or slow the progression of the disease. Read more →


Alzheimer’s Can Dramatically Alter Financial Future

Jim was a retired college professor and Linda had retired from a good administrative job. They owned their home and had accumulated reasonable resources for retirement. However, when Jim was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, their medical costs immediately started to rise. Medication and doctor bills piled up. Jim was prescribed expensive drugs that for some people may put off the worst cognitive effects of the AD, though unfortunately for Jim the drugs had little effect. He took them anyway, out of hope. Read more →


Alzheimer’s Development Predicted Through Gait

When you are stuck behind an older woman at the supermarket, do you get impatient at her slow pace? Maybe she simply has all the time in the world and no longer must rush through each day as though she needs to put out a fire. Or maybe she has arthritis or another physical illness that is slowing her down. There’s nothing wrong with being more cautious about movements and slowing a bit as we age. However, for some people, a slow gait, particularly an uneven gait, could be a sign of brain disease such as Alzheimer’s. Read more →


Compound from Grapes Could Fight Alzheimer’s

However, researchers are working hard to find an answer to the Alzheimer’s puzzle. In a recent press release titled Grape-Derived Compound Prevents Alzheimer's Disease Progression in Mice, a research team at the Mount Sinai Hospital announced a study indicating that naturally occurring polyphenols from grapes improves cognitive function in mice genetically altered to have Alzheimer’s disease. The study results were published in a recent edition of the Journal of Neuroscience. Read more →


Dementia Caregivers Grief Soul Deep, Defies Labeling

When a beloved elder dies, we may have varying reactions, frequently changing moment by moment. Naturally, there’s grief and the realization that we’ve seen the last of our loved one’s physical presence. Often, however, if the death follows a long illness or significant pain, we can also feel a sense of relief that their suffering is over, and we can get on with healing. It’s often the in between time – the caregiving years – that are the most difficult to label. Read more →


Husband Won’t Accept Wife’s Help Caring for His Mom

Dear Carol: After my mother-in-law had a stroke, she developed mild dementia. My husband and I were able to take care of her needs until recently, but because of her deteriorating health she has been admitted to a facility near our home. She is really very content. This should be a cause to celebrate, but since her admission my husband has become overwhelmed and stubborn. He neglects the paperwork that he needs to do for his mother’s care until it piles up and we get phone calls that could threaten her stay at the nursing home. I’ve repeatedly told him that I’ll help with the paperwork, but he won’t allow me to touch it. Read more →


Individual Attention May Be Important Benefit of Alzheimer’s Eating Study

Since depression is another issue that is common for people with dementia, a Taiwanese addressed these issues together. The study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, found that dementia patients who received individualized instruction on good eating habits had fewer symptoms of depression. Read more →


Fighting Back: People with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers Face a Battle

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of Alzheimer’s disease is the feeling of helplessness that can overtake the lives of people diagnosed with the disease and those who love them. Alzheimer’s disease cannot be prevented or cured at this time. Lifestyle changes and some medications may help some people stave off the destruction of the disease for a time, but in the end, the disease wins. Read more →


Emotionally Descriptive Words Lost to Those With Semantic Dementia

People who love someone with this variant of FTD, which is called semantic dementia have to live with increased heartache knowing that their loved one is now unable to understand emotionally expressive phrases such as "I'm sad" or "I love you." Read more →


Elders Sleeping All Day: What's the Deal?

...While antidepressants can be a blessing for some people who suffer from depression, finding the right one can take time and sleepiness can be a side effect of many of them. Other common medications such as blood pressure drugs can also cause people to nod off. If your elder is sleeping too much during the day, ask the doctor to review the medications and see if there is an adjustment that can be made. Read more →