Old movies via DVDs, as well as CDs of big band music or other favorites
of our elders’ generation have long been used as a diversionary tactic.
Now, Artists for Alzheimer’s (ARTZ) is spotlighting a new way that movies can be used to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease. ARTZ is a nonprofit based in Woburn, Mass. that creates cultural opportunities for people with dementia and their caregivers.
The strongest evidence to date that poor dental hygiene is
linked to brain degeneration has
emerged from a recent study at the University of Florida Dental College. While
cardiologists have long known that the bacteria that causes gingivitis (gum
disease) may enter the blood stream adding to heart issues, there had been fewer studies to
link Alzheimer’s or other dementia to oral health.
My dad was paralyzed from a series of strokes. Additionally, during the last
months of his life, he was on a ventilator and struggled with kidney and liver
problems. Dad said he was sick of treatments and that he wanted to die. We were
in the process of setting up hospice care to keep him comfortable when he had
an emergency that Mom and I couldn’t deal with so we called 9-1-1. Dad was
confused when the paramedics came and he fought against them. Of course they
hospitalized him, though he was quickly moved into a palliative care unit. Even
though family, friends and our priest were there with him at the hospital, Mom
and I both feel guilty for not following his wish to die at home. Neither of us
can seem to get past this. Were we wrong to call for help? Kenny
from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School have reported that
they have isolated a protein called irisin that is produced in the brain during
endurance exercise. The scientists introduced the protein to sedentary mice who
were then tested for changes in how their brains functioned. What they found is
that the protein activated the genes that promote brain health and encourage the growth of new nerves involved in learning
...Downsizing – the term often used for weaning ourselves from long-time
possessions – can be hard for anyone. When it's more or less forced
upon someone because of age or infirmity, the process becomes even
tougher.My parents had moved from a fairly large family home to a
smaller house, and eventually to an apartment, before my mom and I
looked at assisted living facilities for her. By then, Dad was in a
Acute inflammation is the body's natural response to tissue damage.
Its purpose is to defend the body against harmful substances, dispose of
dead or dying tissue and to promote the renewal of normal tissue.
Therefore, inflammation is normal if we are ill from a virus or
bacterial infection or we injure ourselves. However, chronic inflammation is different. Chronic inflammation is
involved in many autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis,
allergies and even some cancers. Mounting evidence is now showing that
chronic inflammation is also likely part of the Alzheimer’s puzzle.
...I’m assuming that most of you, if you think about it, have had some lighter moments while caregiving,
or even some uplifting, life enhancing moments never to be forgotten. I
know I’ve had many. Some were chance moments that I could have missed
if not for the exquisite timing that life occasionally offers us. Some
came less spontaneously. And a few came during otherwise painful
"Fade to Blank: Life Inside Alzheimer's," is a multifaceted
AgingCare.com production that begins with personal stories of three people
diagnosed with the disease. After absorbing these stories, readers can continue on to discover
how the couples met and married as well as the effect the disease has on the
family. Learn about diagnosis, adjusting to taking care of someone who once
took care of you, the financial toll on families and much, much more.
This truly is a team effort: Graphic designer Maria Breston lent her visual
acumen to the layout. Developer Matthew Coyne erected the digital framework.
Community moderator Melissa Roman made sure the voice of the family caregiver
was heard. Marketing director Christina Hardy coordinated awareness and
outreach efforts. Editor in chief Anne-Marie Botek collected the individual
accounts and composed the narrative. President of AgingCare.com Joe Buckheit
charted the course for creating a pioneering addition to the Alzheimer’s
The production will keep you turning pages as you focus on the humanity
of the people affected by this disease. Bookmark Fade to Blank and you’ll
return again and again to absorb full scale of this amazing project.
turn their lives inside out in order to care for their loved ones in
decline. I know, because I've done it. The number of elders who depended
on my help increased throughout the years, to a total of seven, though
the most I cared for at one time was five. I also had two children and
work part time writing as a freelancer. Each care situation
was different. I started with an aged neighbor, then moved on to a
childless aunt and uncle, my in-laws and eventually my parents. All of
them appreciated me. However they each had moments when, because of
their own misery, they’d lash out at me in some way.
...For example, when people marry, it used to be a given that they would have children if at all possible. Currently, a significant number of couples choose not to have children. Are they selfish? No. They simply know what they want out of their lives, and being parents isn't likely the best choice for them, or their potential children.