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Dementia Caregivers Grief Soul Deep, Defies Labeling

Dad’s dementia taught me what it was to both grieve immediately the loss of the man as he was before surgery, yet feel gratitude for having him alive. Gratitude aside, learning how to care for my now very changed father challenged me. Somehow, I had to muddle through what is often referred to as ambiguous loss, while putting on a brave face for Dad. Read more →

Dementia Service Dogs an Idea That Needs Support

With more than five million people in the U.S. alone coping with the effects of Alzheimer’s, any attempt to help people with dementia have a better quality of life is welcome. So why not have trained service dogs for people with dementia? Read more →

Safety In the Kitchen When People Have Dementia

It's inconvenient and frustrating to lock up knives and other dangerous objects, but taking these extra steps to ensure safety in what could be a dangerous room is worth it. It's far easier to take preventive measures than to cope with a mess—or worse yet, a tragedy—afterward. Read more →

Agitation, Aggression in Alzheimer’s Challenge Caregivers

Pain is one common reason for aggression. When a person who can’t communicate or has lost the cognitive ability to pinpoint a source of pain and ask for help, what option is there? They will likely act out. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/62/161170/aggression-caregivers#sthash.lq3kCN7m.dpuf Read more →

Accept That Elders May Refuse Help but Make Contingency Plans

Dear Carol: My mother still smokes even though she has lung disease. She’s also got severe osteoarthritis and is at least 50 pounds overweight. She lives in the same house that’s been her home for 35 years. I’ve asked her to let me line up some in-home care just to help her out as well as give her company but she says she doesn’t want strangers in her home. Read more →

Alzheimer’s 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 →

Sleep Deprivation May Contribute to Alzheimer’s Risk

While none of the study participants had any cognitive concerns, once their spinal fluid was analyzed test results showed that about one-third of them were very likely to have Alzheimer's-linked Amyloid plaques in the brain. Amyloid plaques are generally considered to be a sign of preclinical Alzheimer's. Read more →

Long-term Caregiving May Shorten Life Up To Eight Years

According to Glaser, “Caregivers showed the same kind of patterns present in the study of mothers of chronically ill kids.” He added that the changes the Ohio State-NIA team saw amounted to a shortened lifespan of four to eight years Read more →