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August 2013

Infections Speed Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

There is already evidence that the immune system is on high alert in people with Alzheimer's and we think that an extra trigger, like an infection, could tip the balance and make immune cells switch from being protective to harmful Read more →


Alzheimer’s Does Not Diminish Pain Sensitivity

The analyses of this study showed no evidence of diminished pain-related activity in Alzheimer's disease patients compared with controls. In fact, in this group, people with Alzheimer’s showed greater strength and duration of pain-related activity in sensory, affective and cognitive processing regions of the brain than the control group. Read more →


Individual Attention 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 →


Tired of Fighting With Mom

One of the cruelest things about your mom’s dementia is that she thinks that she’s being logical and you are the one who can’t see things properly. No amount of arguing will change her way of thinking. In fact, arguing will only backfire, causing anxiety and frustration for both of you. Read more →


Helping Elders Find a Purpose in Life

At first, the arrangement seemed perfect for everyone. After Ann's mother died, her dad knew he should sell the house. He didn't want to move to an apartment. He felt he had too much energy. Ann and Jim, even with their two teenagers, had plenty of room, and thought Ann's dad could help out around the house. Read more →


B12, B6 and Folic Acid Shown to Slow Alzheimer’s

The two MRI scans were compared to see how much gray matter was lost in brain regions most affected by Alzheimer’s disease. In doing so, the researchers could see that the participants taking the vitamin cocktail showed a significantly smaller amount of brain shrinkage in those specific regions than in the control subjects. Read more →


Aggression, Agitation in Alzheimer’s Challenge Caregivers

Pain is one common reason for aggression. When a person who can’t communicate or has lost the cognitive ability to pinpoint a source of pain and ask for help, what option is there? They will likely act out. Read more →


In August of 2010, results of a study published in the Archives of Neurology reported on biomarkers found in the spinal fluid of 90 percent of the study participants with Alzheimer’s disease. This new discovery by the Barcelona researchers shows signs of potential Alzheimer’s disease even earlier. Read more →


Acceptance of Change Important in Alzheimer’s Caregiving

Dr. Jacobo Mintzer, chairman of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, was recently interviewed on the website HealthDay. Mintzer said that the “biggest initial problem for caregivers is often that they're trying to preserve the person they knew as long as possible.” Read more →