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The idea of chronic stress as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease isn’t new. In 2011, scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich discovered that the increased release of stress hormones in rats leads to generation of abnormally phosphorylated tau protein in the brain and ultimately, memory loss. Other studies also support this theory. Read more →


What is surprising is that the researchers for the project said that learning new materials helped people’s symptoms. While there were benefits from singing old songs as well, some of these participants actually showed more improvement with new material. Read more →


Since there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease at this time, many people with some memory issues use that as an excuse to avoid seeing a diagnostician. They really don’t want to hear what they fear will be a diagnosis of AD. Given the stigma that still accompanies many brain diseases, that’s understandable. However, a recent study has shown that early detection and treatment can be beneficial by curtailing symptoms, or at least managing them more efficiently. Read more →


Glaucoma starts with a buildup of fluid that increases the pressure in your eye and can cause damage to the optic nerve, the bundle of nerve fibers that transfers visual images to your brain. Glaucoma first affects your peripheral, or side, vision. As the disease advances, more noticeable vision loss will occur, and if not controlled, the disease can lead to permanent vision loss and blindness. Read more →


Recently, I wrote about five negative effects of long-term caregiving. Those negative aspects stand. However, as I’ve written many times before and will, no doubt write many more times, I don’t regret doing what I did. Read more →


I knew that breaking this news to Mom would be difficult. She'd have to finally admit, and somehow accept, the fact that Dad was dying. After all, hospice care is for people diagnosed as terminally ill. Read more →


I still believe that while we can’t ignore the fact that there can be negative repercussions from long-term caregiving, for many if not most of us, the positives outweigh the negatives. Read more →


Dear Carol: My beloved mother has suffered from health problems all of her life including lung disease, cancer and eventually dementia. She was hospitalized with pneumonia several times but always came out of it. At the age of 78, while in a nursing home, she again came down with pneumonia. She didn’t seem to be improving with antibiotics and the doctor and nurses all agreed that it was time to, as they say, let her go. Read more →