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The Root of Alzheimer's: Could Infection and Inflammation be Part of the Equation?

Medical1A number of researchers think that it’s time to re-consider the idea of infection as a root cause of Alzheimer's disease. These scientists point to studies that reveal the presence of a microbe that is eventually activated by a stressor, thus causing inflammation which could possibly trigger the disease. Even though there have been many studies supporting their theory over the years, these scientists don't feel that they are being heard. An editorial in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease compares this lack of acceptance of an alternative to the most popular theory to historic controversies related to other diseases. 

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Deep Brain Stimulation Research Expands for Alzheimer's

Brain10A procedure that that is already being used for the treatment of some brain diseases is receiving increased attention as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Called deep brain stimulation, an implanted neurostimulator delivers electrical signals that help regulate abnormal signals in the brain caused by the disease. 

In the U.S., DBS is currently only approved for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, but the potential for use is expanding with more researchers looking into the procedure for epilepsy, depression, bipolar disorder, and now, Alzheimer’s disease.

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6 Ways for Caregivers to Weather Criticism from Outside Sources

CaregiverStress2Because the needs of each individual and family structure vary greatly, family caregiving is an art more than a science. While there are people who aren’t cut out to be caregivers, most who take on the challenge do the best that they can under their unique circumstances. Yet, they often receive criticism, sadly even from other caregivers. How can family caregivers who are already doing so much for their love one(s) weather criticism from outsiders about how they provide care? 

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How to Choose a Mobility Aid: Advice from an Expert

WomencaregivingWhen I see some of the newer mobility aids now in in use, I immediately think, “I wish that had been available for my mom.” My mother was happy enough to have what was available at the time, but her options then were a basic cane and later, a stripped-down walker which I did my best to modify so that she could carry things with her. Fortunately, there are many more choices on the market now.

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People with Dementia Find Renewed Confidence While Playing In Orchestra

Guitar4Alzheimer’s is a global issue that is on track to bankrupt worldwide health systems if a cure is not found. Therefore, funding for research is paramount, not just for those who have the disease but for all generations. However, large numbers of the people who have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia at this time are trying to make the point that it is equally important to put imagination, research and funding into how to care for those who already have this incurable disease.

Read more on HealthCentral about how engaging in the arts helps the brain and the spirit:

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Music Therapy for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

Guitar2Music therapy has come into its own during the last decade as caregivers, care facilities and hospice organizations have recognized the therapeutic power that music can have on ill and suffering people. This therapy has been successfully delivered by a single staff member playing a guitar for a residents’ sing-along, a specialized harpist playing for a hospice patient or downloaded playlists on iPods that can stimulate memories. 

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New One Stop Website Connects Elders and Caregivers to Local Resources and More

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Dear Readers: Throughout the decade that I’ve been answering questions about aging and caregiving I’ve been continually unsatisfied with the need to refer seniors and caregivers to multiple websites when assisting them in finding resource information. The recent White House Conference on Aging has now launched a one stop link to resources and I’ve taken it as a personal challenge to share this information with as many seniors and caregivers as possible.

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Factors To Consider In Best Cell Phone Plans for Seniors

Farm...First, we must ask ourselves who this person is. Are we talking about an aging adult with failing health, who may also be technology averse, or a person who is active mentally and physically—one who has likely evolved with technology? Are we considering someone whose sole financial support comes from Social Security, or a person who has a solid retirement, travels frequently and wants to video conference with scattered family members?

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When Elders With Dementia Keep Calling and Calling and Calling

Corda-strappata-10016888A few months back, I saw a press release for a new piece of phone technology, one that you can use to tell your mother - why is it always our mother? - that she's already called you 17 times today, three of those times within the last half-hour. You attach the device to your elders phone and a message pops up on a big screen that alerts them to their repetitious phone activity. I wish now that I'd saved the release.

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Healthline Once Again Chooses Minding Our Elders as a Best Alzheimer's Blog

HealthlineBadge2015smallerEach year since 2012 Minding Our Elders has had the honor of being chosen as a top Alzheimer's blog by Healthline. Given the numbers of top drawer blogs about Alzheimer's that this impressive panel have to chose from, I'm humbled to be chosen for the award, but also aware that we all share in this as a group. Thank you Healthline for promoting the growth of Alzheimer's awareness through presenting this award.

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