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Exercise May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s: Recent Study Shows Why

The result of studying these four groups showed that those at high genetic risk for Alzheimer's who did not exercise experienced a decrease in hippocampal volume over the 18-month period. The other groups, including those at high risk for Alzheimer's but who were physically active, maintained the volume of their hippocampus. Read more →

Would a Feeding Tube Have Been a Better Choice?

Dear Carol: My dad was 89-years-old and in a nursing home before he died. Through no one’s fault, he fell and broke his hip. While he was in the hospital and supposed to be healing from the fracture he developed pneumonia. Then, when they X-rayed his lungs they found the start of lung cancer. The doctor gave Dad antibiotics for his pneumonia but Dad continued to get worse. He couldn’t eat and went in and out of consciousness. I wanted them to put in a feeding tube so that Dad received nourishment. The doctor disagreed. Read more →

Assisted Suicide: Could a Loving Caregiver Provide the Means of Death?

Hospice, however, does much more than just assuage physical pain. The program also offers spiritual counseling for the dying person and support for the family. This assistance can sometimes bring even splintered families together during this transitional time. While I'm aware that some hospices are better than others, my support for hospice is unwavering. Read more →

The Serious Nature of Wandering in Alzheimer's

When the person with AD announces an intention to leave home to “get the children,” or “go to work,” distraction can often be helpful. If you say, “Sure, let’s get you ready,” and then you stall for time, you may be able to distract them from their goal. A sip of a drink and some conversation may be enough to divert them. You can then re-direct the person to another activity. Read more →

When the Care Receiver Criticizes the Caregiver

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. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/62/148955/coping-criticism#sthash.6J23FpJ7.dpuf Read more →

Caregivers Can be Abused by Their Care Receivers

The father who beat his children when they were growing up or made it a point to tell the kids, in so many words, that they were not good enough, is likely to retain the same personality even if he is frail and ill. His ability to physically abuse may be limited, however this very limitation could actually make him more emotionally and verbally abusive than before. Read more →

Sparing a Loved One With Dementia Unnecessary Grief

Dear Carol: My mother has mid-stage dementia and just recently started asking to see her deceased twin brother. It breaks my heart to tell her that Uncle Jim died of cancer ten years ago. When I remind her of this, she at first screams at me saying that I’m lying and she saw him yesterday, then she collapses in grief asking if he’s really gone. Read more →

Reminiscing Effective Treatment for People with Dementia

My family would have been put off by a formal approach with a tape recorder. For them, the stories were a natural part of some one-on-one time when I could ask a question that may stimulate a memory. They also often talked about the past with each other, and if I was nearby, I’d soak it in. Read more →