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Preventing Alzheimer’s Includes Oral Hygiene

As far back as 2005, the Journal of the American Dental Association reported on a study at the first Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Prevention of Dementia held in Washington, D.C. The conclusion of the study was that exposure to inflammation early in life quadruples one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Read more →

Helping vs. Enabling Our Loved Ones

..I watched my mom struggle with painful arthritis in every joint. She'd had two hip replacements and her knees rubbed bone against bone with every step. Sometimes, watching her struggle with her walker tore at my heart so much, I could hardly help but insist that she let me get her into the wheelchair. Read more →

Daughter Overwhelmed With Aging Mom's Needs

Dear Carol: Mom has lived with me and my 10-year-old son for five years. The first two years were okay but her increasing health issues have now become the center of our lives. I work full time with flexible hours and am now using nearly all of my time off tending to Mom’s needs Read more →

Find Clinical Trials through Alzheimer’s Association’s TrialMatch

It’s through clinical trials that researchers prove or disprove their study results. Through these trials, they hope to discover new ways to detect, treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia. People with Alzheimer's, caregivers and healthy volunteers are all needed as participants in Alzheimer's and dementia research. Read more →

Elders Need to be Safe, Yet Enjoy Life: Finding a Balance

Indeed. How do we get elders to stop doing "handyman" tasks, doing yard work that should be hired out or even extensive kitchen work? Everyone needs a reason to get out of bed in the morning. If a person has no purpose in life, why go on living? For elders whose bodies – and sometimes minds – seem to betray them more each day, this becomes an issue. Read more →

Dementia Caregiving Truths from a Personal Perspective

Watch for patterns, but know that some days will be better than others. Caregivers may have to shift a shopping day to another time because their loved one is having a particularly bad day. Try not to let these small disruptions become larger than they really are. Read more →