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Educating Grandchildren and Their Friends About Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Pre-teens and teenagers tend to want to fit in with their peers. Most kids, during those years, are keenly aware of any differences between their family and that of their friends. How do these kids cope when a grandparent or a parent has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia? Read more →

Administration on Aging programs provide assistance for caregivers nationwide

Nearly any family caregiver has felt isolated and alone at one time or another. For many, that feeling is chronic. Friends don’t understand the strain we are under. Some people get no support from their extended family or friends. Where can we turn when there seems to be nowhere to turn? Believe it or not, many resources are at your fingertips on the Administration on Aging website. Read more →

Global Attention to Alzheimer’s Must Include Educating Public

Improving lives means changing the way people think about Alzheimer’s. On numerous occasions, I’ve written about the stigma that Alzheimer’s and other dementia still carry. Fortunately, we have gotten past the point where an Alzheimer’s stricken grandma is just considered “crazy,” so she’s kept in a room by herself and away from visitors or the public. Read more →

According to the National Eye Institute, Glaucoma on the Rise

“Primary open-angle glaucoma often has no early warning signs,” said Dr. James Tsai, chair of the Glaucoma Subcommittee for the NEI National Eye Health Education Program. “Often, a person will not experience any noticeable vision loss in the early stages of glaucoma. But as the disease progresses, a person may notice his or her side vision decreasing. If the disease is left untreated, the field of vision narrows and blindness may result.” Read more →

Hearing Loss Compounds Problems of Dementia

Dear Carol: My mom is 89-years-old, lives in assisted living and has dementia. She also has substantial hearing loss which isn’t helped very much by her hearing aids. Her dementia prevents her from understanding closed caption TV, so that spoils TV as entertainment for her. Basically, she’s bored and miserable. Her dementia has progressed to where she thinks people are coming into her room to rob or hurt her. I feel like she should move in with me and my family, but we don’t have enough room as it is, and I work full time. I don’t know what to do to make her happier. – Marie Read more →

Driving and Dementia: When and How to Have the Talk

Taking away an elder’s driving privileges is one of the most dreaded challenges that adult children, or spouses of people with dementia, face. The ability to drive oneself to a chosen destination is often the ultimate sign of independence. Conversely, being forced to stop driving is generally viewed by elders as a major loss of independence. Yet, an unfit driver is a potential killer. When should a person quit driving, and how do we convince our loved one that he or she must give up this independence? Read more →

Embracing the Positive Moments of Caregiving Relieves Stress

I’m also 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 moments. Read more →

Life After a Dementia Diagnosis

Most Alzheimer’s organizations have found that, in general, people are more afraid of a dementia diagnosis than finding out that they have cancer. One reason for this fear is the stigma that accompanies dementia. While sympathetic to those who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias, people who haven’t been close to anyone with the disease often think that any type of satisfying life is out of reach after such a diagnosis. Read more →

Study Concludes Preventing or Managing Diabetes Prevents Cognitive Decline

As far back as 2006, the New York Times was reporting on the deepening link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Now, new results from a study led by researchers from the University of California San Francisco show that there is a link between the risk of cognitive decline and the severity of diabetes. Read more →

Alzheimer’s Vaccine May Be Available in Three to Five Years

If we choose, we may view the many conflicting reports on drug trials for Alzheimer’s during 2012 as discouraging. After all, two very promising drugs in late-stage trials last fall failed to show the potential that researchers were looking for. Yet, on a quieter level, progress was being made. CBS News recently aired a segment about an Alzheimer’s vaccine that may be available, depending on funding – and volunteers for the studies – in three to five years. This vaccine is in mid-stage testing. Read more →