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  • Leaks in Brain May Contribute to Dementia

    MedicineNet Alzheimer's General
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Title: Leaks in Brain May Contribute to DementiaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Alzheimer's Tip Communication and Socialization

    Alzheimer's Reading Room
    Bob DeMarco
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    My mother was the same person I always knew. She was not a different person. Her brain is sick. She enjoyed many of the things she was doing before Alzheimer's disease. For us, communication and socialization went hand in hand.I am not using the clinical definition of socialization here. Instead, I am describing a continuing process that leads to the establishment of norms of behavior and communication in the Alzheimer's disease environment.I think most Alzheimer's caregivers understand that the Alzheimer's patient can benefit from being in social settings and engaging in communication.Sadly,…
  • Scientists Suggest Curbing Sugar Modification to Tame BACE

    Alzforum News
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    The addition of a sugar to β-secretase ramps up Aβ production. Could reducing that sweet addition slow progression of Alzheimer's?
  • Depression, Behaviour Changes May Start in Alzheimer’s Even Before Memory Changes

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    A.P.
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Depression and other behaviour changes may show up in people who will later develop Alzheimer’s disease even before they start having memory problems, according to a study published in the January 14, 2015, online issue of the journal Neurology. “While earlier studies have shown that an estimated 90% of people with Alzheimer’s experience behavioural or psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and agitation, this study suggests that these changes begin before people even have diagnosable dementia,” said Catherine M. Roe, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, St.
  • Celebrating a beautiful opportunity (Rejected) Op-Ed submission to the New York Times

    The Myth of Alzheimers
    Peter Whitehouse
    28 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Before “Confronting an ugly killer” – Alzheimer’s disease – with blunt force (Frank Bruni, NYTs Dec. 16, 2014), it is necessary to take a step back from our fear and fantasies and reflect in a more gentle and nuanced way about brain aging. Alzheimer’s is far more important than just Alzheimer’s disease, and our aging [...]
 
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  • Alzheimer's Tip Communication and Socialization

    Bob DeMarco
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    My mother was the same person I always knew. She was not a different person. Her brain is sick. She enjoyed many of the things she was doing before Alzheimer's disease. For us, communication and socialization went hand in hand.I am not using the clinical definition of socialization here. Instead, I am describing a continuing process that leads to the establishment of norms of behavior and communication in the Alzheimer's disease environment.I think most Alzheimer's caregivers understand that the Alzheimer's patient can benefit from being in social settings and engaging in communication.Sadly,…
  • Alzheimer's Patient Comes Alive and Shows Real Emotion

    Bob DeMarco
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Alzheimer's Patient Sings Yes Sir Your My Baby With ParrotJeannemarie -- Our Good FriendPetey -- the Shy ParrotHarvey -- Dotty's Best FriendAnd DottyThe video starts getting interesting around the 50 second mark. Eventually Dotty will start singing and laughing.Check out Harvey below, how to find him and how he can provide you with respite care. By Bob DeMarcoHe might not look like much in the image. But he is powerful and will provide you with hours of stress free respite.  Most caregivers assume this parrot won't work for them. In almost every case, over 600 caregivers, it…
  • ‘Remember Me’ Chris Mann Lends His Voice to Alzheimer’s Fight (Video)

    Bob DeMarco
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    Rudy Tanzi is the best. One of the world's leaders in the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer's. He is my favorite and I believe in Rudy. Please help.By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room I received this email from Rudy yesterday.I am sending you ​some ​information on our​ new​ “Remember Me” campaign for Alzheimer’s awareness and fundraising ​using a new song that I co-wrote with Chris Mann .We hope the song and video ​will ​launch a major public awareness and fundraising campaign for Alzheimer’s disease research. “Remember Me” is sung by Chris Mann from the…
  • Avoiding the Urinary Tract Infection

    Bob DeMarco
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Here are a few tips/tricks that may help you avoid the dreaded UTI -- Urinary Tract Infection.First, I am not a doctor, nor am I a nurse. I am an experienced Geriatric Care Manager and a woman. Over the years, I had more conversations with urologists and their nurses about urinary tract infections (UTIs) than I care to remember.Right out of the starting block I want to say that Bob is spot on (oops, there I go again- sorry!) about E. Coli and cranberry juice. E. Coli is one of the bacteria and/or viruses that cause UTI’s. There are others. Lucky us! Cranberry juice is the elixir of the gods…
  • Accepting Short Term Memory Loss and Moving on to the Memories

    Bob DeMarco
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It took me a while to figure out there is a big difference between short term memory loss and memories. Once I did, Dotty and I began living our life. It seemed so simple after a while - the deeply forgetful can remember more than we can imagine.I thought, why is everyone so obsessed with memory? What they should be obsessed with is memories.I'm sitting here thinking about when I first realized that Dotty was living with dementia. No other word to describe it -- Burden. An enormous psychological and emotional burden.When I first dropped out of the world to take care of Dotty a few people…
 
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  • Depression, Behaviour Changes May Start in Alzheimer’s Even Before Memory Changes

    A.P.
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Depression and other behaviour changes may show up in people who will later develop Alzheimer’s disease even before they start having memory problems, according to a study published in the January 14, 2015, online issue of the journal Neurology. “While earlier studies have shown that an estimated 90% of people with Alzheimer’s experience behavioural or psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and agitation, this study suggests that these changes begin before people even have diagnosable dementia,” said Catherine M. Roe, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, St.
  • Researchers reduce Alzheimer's plaques by targeting glycosylation.

    Healthinnovations
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Researchers at the RIKEN-Max Planck Joint Research Center have demonstrated that hallmark symptoms o
  • Why docs say these mood changes are a warning sign for Alzheimer’s

    Carmen Chai
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    TORONTO – A new study suggests that depression and mood changes could be an early warning sign for Alzheimer’s disease. Apathy, irritability and lack of appetite are just some of the symptoms that could point to the onset of dementia as memory declines, according to Washington University scientists. Doctors already established a link between Alzheimer’s and these mental health concerns, but pinpointing which comes first is an important step to consider, they say. “There has been conflicting evidence on the relationship between Alzheimer’s and depression,” senior author and…
  • Crossing the Blood-Brain Barrier: A Major Obstacle to Treating Neurodegenerative Disease

    neuroresearcher
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
  • Lenore Rivera: Becoming a Caregiver

    InnovAge
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Introduction Lenore Rivera and I spent about an hour at the InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE-Chambers Center talking about what it takes to be a caregiver: the challenges, the emotions, the surprises. Lenore’s mother spends most days of the week at the center. Lenore is a gracious, strong, compassionate woman who loves her mom and does her best to balance competing responsibilities and the see-saw emotions inherent in caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s. Her story is riveting, heart-breaking and hopeful. Every Thursday over the next two months Lenore will share her experiences. This…
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    The Myth of Alzheimers

  • Celebrating a beautiful opportunity (Rejected) Op-Ed submission to the New York Times

    Peter Whitehouse
    28 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Before “Confronting an ugly killer” – Alzheimer’s disease – with blunt force (Frank Bruni, NYTs Dec. 16, 2014), it is necessary to take a step back from our fear and fantasies and reflect in a more gentle and nuanced way about brain aging. Alzheimer’s is far more important than just Alzheimer’s disease, and our aging [...]
  • “Where Critical Psychiatry Meets Community Resilience” from Mad in America

    Peter Whitehouse
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    On November I attended the 17th annual meeting of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP, www.psychintegrity.org). Sponsors include the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (www.luskin.ucla.edu) and the Marjorie Crump Chair in Social Welfare at UCLA. A report by Rob Wipond (whose title I borrowed in my blog title) found on the Mad [...]
  • Care today, care tomorrow, cure? – a report from the G7 Dementia Legacy Summit in Tokyo

    Peter Whitehouse
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
      Prime Minister Abe opening to G7 Dementia Summit   In the first week of November the Japanese government hosted several days of events focusing on the G7 Dementia Legacy Summit process. The focus of the meeting in Tokyo was innovations in care and prevention. I spoke on topics relating to intergenerational learning, dementia and [...]
  • The Intergenerational Schools awarded the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence

    Danny George
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    It is my honor to announce to our Beyond The Myth community that The Intergenerational Schools (TIS) of Cleveland, founded by Peter and his wife Cathy in 2000, have been awarded one of two annual Eisner Prizes for Intergenerational Excellence: This year’s #EisnerPrize winners are Bridge Meadows of Portland, OR and the Intergenerational Schools of [...]
  • Early returns on the early dementia Dx debate

    Danny George
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Last month, our colleague Dr. Peter Gordon, a psychiatrist in NHS Scotland who specializes in caring for older adults, participated in a debate during the Northern and Yorkshire Autumn Conference of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The motion for the debate was: “This House supports the early detection of dementia.” Peter debated Dr. Clive Ballard, [...]
 
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  • SLR’s Top Chef Winning Recipes

    Kim Smith
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    From left to right: SLR Director of Operations Leandra Negrete, SLR Top Chef Eric Malone of Compass on the Bay, SLR Corporate Director of Dining Experience Kim Smith Senior Living Residences’ chefs are constantly raising the culinary bar of our Grab Your Passport program which takes residents on a virtual trip across the globe through arts, education and cuisine. It was at a recent Chef Cook-Off Competition where chef Eric Malone of Compass on the Bay ‘s recipes reflecting the Grab Your Passport destination of Portugal, won the coveted Top Chef award. Make chef Eric’s…
  • Top 5 Scams Targeting Seniors

    GUEST
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    Source: National Council On Aging’s article: Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors Scams can affect anyone, but seniors are especially vulnerable. The National Council on Aging recently published their list of the top 10 scams that  target seniors. Here are the top 5 from that list: 1. Health Care/Medicare/Health Insurance Fraud Every U.S. citizen or permanent resident over age 65 qualifies for Medicare, so there is rarely any need for a scam artist to research what private health insurance company older people have in order to scam them out of some money. In these types of scams,…
  • Healthy Memory Nutrition Tips

    Kim Smith
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    When asked, Americans rate Alzheimer’s disease as their second most-feared illness, following cancer, which is why all of Senior Living Residences’ communities are staunch advocates for taking practical steps toward a healthier brain at any age. We now know that changes and damage in the brain occur decades before any memory loss symptoms appear, so it’s a good idea for everyone to protect and enhance their cognitive health by following a simple brain healthy diet. All of Senior Living Residences’ communities practice what they preach by offering “brain healthy cuisine” as part…
  • Eating Well with a Mediterranean Diet

    Oldways
    7 May 2014 | 11:57 am
    The healthfulness of the Mediterranean Diet is consistently substantiated by numerous scientific studies each year. This style of eating, which emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, herbs, spices, and seafood, and is beautifully depicted in the Oldways Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, can help seniors enjoy increased mental acuteness and higher energy levels, plus it aids in resisting disease and improves the immune system. It also provides a way to lose weight and prevent weight gain when paired with a routine of weight-bearing exercise, such as walking. Here are a few tips from Oldways to…
  • How Much Chocolate a Day will Keep Dementia at Bay?

    Kim Smith
    4 Feb 2014 | 9:20 am
    Quickly think of the top five of what you would consider to be Brain-Healthy foods. What did you come up with? Blueberries? Salmon? Nuts? Quinoa? If you did, great job! There is so much research being done on the brain-boosting power of diet. One food you likely did not have on your list, however is chocolate. Dark Chocolate to be specific. (You can find a list of additional brain healthy foods at BrainHealthyCooking.com.) Here’s the skinny on Chocolate: The Darker, the Better: The most beneficial of the dark chocolates is ideally at least 60-70% cocoa (also referred to as cacao) 1.0…
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  • Beware of Phone Calls

    Heather Sawitsky
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:50 pm
        Every evening at dinnertime, phones start ringing across the country – telemarketers trying to make a sale. While annoying, most calls do not pose a threat to your financial well-being. Unless you are gullible, lonely, or have Read More...
  • New Year’s Resolutions?    

    Heather Sawitsky
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:02 am
      If you have resolved to adopt a healthier life style this New Year, exactly what does that mean if you want to stave off Alzheimer’s disease? Many have sought a “magic bullet” to protect against this disease; Read More...
  • What is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

    Heather Sawitsky
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    As we start a new year, I thought it might be helpful to re-issue a post that addresses one of the most common questions about Alzheimer’s. Many people use the terms “Alzheimer’s Disease” and “dementia” interchangeably. However, these terms are Read More...
  • Driving and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Heather Sawitsky
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
        Should people diagnosed with cognitive impairment be allowed to drive? Taking away someone’s license not only deprives them of a means of transportation, it deprives them of their independence and their sense of control. On the other hand, Read More...
  • Court Orders Continued Production of Namenda 

    Heather Sawitsky
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
      Yesterday a federal judge in New York ordered the pharmaceutical company Actavis to continue  manufacturing the original formulation of Namenda until the anti-trust case Read More...
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  • An Amazing Story About the Kindness of People.

    InnovAge
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    InnovAge:Perfect way to end the week! Pay it forward this weekend. Originally posted on Kindness Blog: In 2005, I was travelling in Italy with my parents. My Dad was in his early 80s, suffering from advanced Parkinson’s… but he wanted to see Italy before it was too late. One morning in Venice, he slipped and fell, and had to be taken to the hospital by water ambulance (an adventure in itself!). A couple of hours later, my Mom called me from the hospital–they were releasing him, but couldn’t give them a ride back (it was a holiday of some sort), so I needed to take his wheelchair to…
  • Lenore Rivera: “Who’s Gene?”

    InnovAge
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Part two Three months later, my father became ill and was back in the hospital. I approved and signed papers for his hospice care. I wanted him transported back to Braswell’s so my mother could spend her last days with him. That same night I noticed my father’s breathing was changing; I brought my mother to his side so that she could be there during his last breath. I thought that by her being with him during those final hours, even watching them wrap his body and taking him away, that this would stay with her. That she would remember he actually died, and didn’t leave her. But it…
  • Wednesday Wellness: Go Sidewalk Surfing!

    InnovAge
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Shred it at the skatepark with your grandpa! Wear your protective gear.                                                       This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.
  • Lenore Rivera: Becoming a Caregiver

    InnovAge
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Introduction Lenore Rivera and I spent about an hour at the InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE-Chambers Center talking about what it takes to be a caregiver: the challenges, the emotions, the surprises. Lenore’s mother spends most days of the week at the center. Lenore is a gracious, strong, compassionate woman who loves her mom and does her best to balance competing responsibilities and the see-saw emotions inherent in caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s. Her story is riveting, heart-breaking and hopeful. Every Thursday over the next two months Lenore will share her experiences. This…
  • Wednesday Wellness: Take Advice From Grandma!

    InnovAge
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    68-year-old Debra Rapoport and Lynn Dell Cohen, 81, share their fabulous fashion wisdom.
 
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