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Outside Activities Vital to Caregiver Mental Health

When we are constantly surrounded with a certain type of person or activity it most likely will influence how we think and behave, but we do need to reacquaint ourselves with the non-caregiving world fairly regularly to maintain some sort of balance. Read more →

Educating Grandchildren About Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Many children have a grandparent with dementia living in the home. Even harder, a significant number of children have a parent who has developed early on-set Alzheimer’s. These situations demand of the youngster coping skills that may be beyond what they have developed, so counseling can be of significant value. Read more →

Alzheimer’s Disease 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 →

Forgive Yourself: All Caregivers Will Make Mistakes

Dear Carol: I’ve read much of your work about not arguing with people who have dementia, but I have a hard time following through. Yesterday, my mother who has middle to late-stage Alzheimer’s, was complaining about something that happened years ago. Read more →

Loneliness May Increase Dementia Risk, Heart Attacks and Stroke

The researchers stress, that solid conclusions can’t be determined at this time because cognitive problems can cause people to withdraw, therefore placing them at higher risk for dementia, so they still aren’t sure in all cases which came first – loneliness or dementia. Read more →

Alzheimer’s Symptoms Often Manageable without Drugs

Confusion, repetitive questioning, combativeness and loss of inhibition are frustrating behaviors for caregivers to cope with. In addition, wandering and hallucinations can also carry a risk of injury to the person with the disease. Read more →