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  • Where does a memory begin?

    Alzheimer's Reading Room
    Bob DeMarco
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    By Alzheimer's Reading RoomI thought some of you might find this information about the hippocampus and memory of interest.Ihe hippocampus is the first area of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease.Excerpt from the article.The hippocampus is the brain's warehouse for long- and short-term processing of episodic memories, such as memories of a specific experience like a trip to Maine or a recent dinner. What no one knew was what happens in the hippocampus the moment an experience imprints itself as a memory.The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer's"There are strong indications that…
  • Reviewing Lisa Genova’s film “Still Alice”, and looking back at her 2008 critique of The Myth of Alzheimer’s (Part 2)

    The Myth of Alzheimers
    Danny George
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    Yesterday, we reviewed “Still Alice”, a film based on a novel written by neuroscientist Lisa Genova. Today, we share our reactions to her initial critique of The Myth of Alzheimer’s, which also appeared on the Alzheimer’s Association’s blog, in 2008. As mentioned in the previous post, in an effort to take the high road, we [...]
  • Changing the Cannibal: Shifting attitude to bring heart to mind [Guest Post]

    The Myth of Alzheimers
    Danny George
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    The following guest post is written by Jane Verity, Founder and CEO of Dementia Care Australia, who, along with our colleague Hilary Lee is doing exciting work to promote truly humane care for the cognitively frail.  - Is it improvement when we give a Cannibal a knife and a fork? Of course not – because the [...]
  • Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Spotted in Young Adults

    MedicineNet Alzheimer's General
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Title: Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Spotted in Young AdultsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/4/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Just Say No to Behavior Calming Drugs for Alzheimer's Patients

    Alzheimer's Reading Room
    Bob DeMarco
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude.By Alzheimer's Reading RoomI fully agree with the findings of this study, and I hope you will take the time to read this article, and share it with others in the Alzheimer's and related dementia community via Facebook, Google +, Pinterest, and Twitter. And, with doctors!The major point from my view - caregiver love is more effective than the use of anti…
 
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  • Just Say No to Behavior Calming Drugs for Alzheimer's Patients

    Bob DeMarco
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude.By Alzheimer's Reading RoomI fully agree with the findings of this study, and I hope you will take the time to read this article, and share it with others in the Alzheimer's and related dementia community via Facebook, Google +, Pinterest, and Twitter. And, with doctors!The major point from my view - caregiver love is more effective than the use of anti…
  • Twilight Moments in Dementia Patients - Sundowning Syndrome

    Bob DeMarco
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    One of the biggest problems I had with my mother occurred at Twilight.I figured out how to solve the problem by taking my mother out into the bright light right before twilight (sundown).Bight light seemed to change her behavior from being dull, negative, and sometimes challenging into contentment.I also had a problem around 9 o'clock at night. I fixed that problem by having my sister call her and with ice cream. I used the ice cream for both times of day and it worked.In both cases, I changed her difficult behavior by substituting a very different and more positive experience (routine) for a…
  • Obtaining Power of Attorney, Do Not Resuscitate, and Advance Directive

    Bob DeMarco
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    With these legal documents in hand -- Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), Medical Power of Attorney (POA) and Advance Directive (AD) you have one thing -- Legal Control. Without these properly executed documents you have no control over medical decisions and treatments. With them you have a fighting chance of having a say over medical treatment -- and life/death decisions.With Alzheimer’s or another cognitive illness, you need to understand that eventually your loved one won’t have the ability to make the reasoned decision needed for their best interest. And, it is likely the day will come sooner…
  • Signs of Alzheimer's Found in Patients as Young as 20

    Bob DeMarco
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    Discovering that amyloid begins to accumulate so early in life is unprecedented in Alzheimer's research.By Alzheimer's Reading Room Amyloid -- an abnormal protein whose accumulation in the brain is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease -- starts accumulating inside neurons of people as young as 20, a much younger age than scientists ever imagined, reports a surprising new Northwestern Medicine study.Scientists believe this is the first time amyloid accumulation has been shown in such young human brains. It's long been known that amyloid accumulates and forms clumps of plaque outside neurons in…
  • Where does a memory begin?

    Bob DeMarco
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    By Alzheimer's Reading RoomI thought some of you might find this information about the hippocampus and memory of interest.Ihe hippocampus is the first area of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease.Excerpt from the article.The hippocampus is the brain's warehouse for long- and short-term processing of episodic memories, such as memories of a specific experience like a trip to Maine or a recent dinner. What no one knew was what happens in the hippocampus the moment an experience imprints itself as a memory.The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer's"There are strong indications that…
 
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  • "Still Alice"

    A Broken Heart Still Beats
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
    Alzheirmer’s Disease is defined as follows: Progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility. I recently watched the movie, Still Alice, based on the book by Lisa Genova. I had not heard of the film before February 23rd, when Julianne Moore accepted the Oscar for Best Actress. I decided that since she had won an Oscar for the role she played in the film, it ought to be something worth watching. I have been familiar with Alzheimer’s Disease since I took a Certified…
  • Alzheimer's Patient Accused In Lakewood Killing May Never See Trial

    matthewjbuettner
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
    DENVER (AP) – The case of an 87-year-old Alzheimer’s patient accused in the deadly beating of a fellow assisted living resident highlights the challenges of prosecuting someone with the unpredictable mental disease, experts and lawmakers say. Homer Castor may never stand trial if doctors determine his dementia makes him unable to aid in his own defense, opening the prospect that he might stay in a state mental hospital indefinitely. He faces a homicide charge in the death of Gerald Propp, 76. Gerald Propp (credit: Family Photo) “This is a tough one,” said Rep. Beth…
  • Wellness Wednesdays: Lurking Dementia Dangers

    Stephanae V. McCoy
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Dementia or Alzheimer’s What’s the Difference? Image found on Pinterest Living in denial can have lo
  • Alzheimer's Disease (AD) (II)

    Leon Medical Centers
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:42 pm
    This is the second part of Alzheimer’s Diseases (AD) (I) The spouse or the caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient will eventually be faced with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties, such as dealing with persistent, repetitive questions, managing agitation and depression, monitoring hygiene, self-care activities, and even taking care of all financial, legal and long-term care planning including those of end-of-life issues. Alzheimer’s disease should not be confused with other conditions that produce similar symptoms: In the early stages, it should not be confused…
  • ‘Birdman’ sweeps in for gold at the 87th Academy Awards

    simmonsvoice
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:31 pm
    By Kate Joseph Staff Writer Veteran award show host Neil Patrick Harris finally took his first turn
 
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  • Successful Aging with the Mediterranean Diet

    Oldways
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    FROM MEDITERRANEAN FOODS ALLIANCE e-Newsletter Vol. VII No. 4 | 2/20/15 Oldways (www.oldwayspt.org) is a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization, with a mission to guide people to good health through heritage, using practical and positive programs grounded in science and tradition. Simply, we advocate for the healthful pleasures of real food. Oldways is the parent organization for The Whole Grains Council and The Mediterranean Foods Alliance, and is well-known for creating the Whole Grain Stamp and the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.    We all admire people who age well. Those…
  • What is Assisted Living?

    Bob Larkin
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    Many people confuse assisted living with nursing homes. The two are very different. Best suited for seniors who do not require complex medical care, but may require additional support with daily activities, assisted living offers a lifestyle that is maintenance-free and includes ample access to entertainment, recreation, dining and transportation. Assisted Living is a supportive senior living option promoting independence and personal dignity in a safe, home-like environment. Help with the tasks of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and medication monitoring, is personally tailored to…
  • 4 Important Facts: Tax Breaks & Assisted Living

    Bob Larkin
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    Questions often arise about the cost of assisted living and whether any of those costs are tax deductible. These four basic principles concerning tax deductibility of assisted living expenses can help you navigate through your filing questions: #1: According to the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), “long-term care services” may be tax deductible as an unreimbursed medical expense on Schedule A. Qualified long-term care services have been defined as including the type of daily “personal care services” provided to assisted living residents, such as help…
  • 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,…
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  • The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku

    admin
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku When I was much younger, maybe 13 or 14, my dad had created a game. It was a Telekinesis game. There were 2 pillars and a plastic ball that sat atop one of them. My dad challenged my sister and I to sit and focus and imagine the ball moving to the other pillar. The ball never moved. We were young & I don’t know about my sister, but the only thing going through my mind was, “damnit ball… MOVE!”, I mean, I had better things to do with my time. What I wouldn’t give to get that day back, or that dad back should I say, but I…
  • Glen Campbells Farewell Song

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Glen Campbell says goodbye in this final music video. Diagnosed in 2011 with Alzheimer’s, Glen has moved now into 24 hr care in a long-term health care facility after moving into the 6th and final stage of Alzheimer’s. His grand finale “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” is the last song he’ll ever record. It was recorded in 2013 and was written as a farewell to his friends, family & fans. Click on the video to watch & Grab some tissue! The post Glen Campbells Farewell Song appeared first on The Cure for Alzheimers Disease.
  • November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month!

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I’m a little late in posting this, my apologies. You can read more at the following website and honor caregivers by posting a heartfelt tribute: http://www.alz.org/care/honor-caregiver.asp#commentArea#ixzz3InGIAbMb Until next time… Life is so very short, Every minute counts, and every minute with purpose helps pave the road for a smoother journey, not only for you but for others headed down your path. Things may not always look clear, but the investment of your heart will always remind you of your mission! Love & hugs, ~C The post November is National Alzheimer’s Disease…
  • As Seen on NBC – New Hope in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

    admin
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    In an NBC report, we learn how a look into the eyes can detect signs of Alzheimer’s Disease years in advance. Early detection is also showing that a combination of diet and exercise, which researchers tested in a lifestyle change study, helped to keep Alzheimer’s at bay. The post As Seen on NBC – New Hope in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease appeared first on The Cure for Alzheimers Disease.
  • Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells for Use in Alzheimer’s Research- Oct 12, 2014

    admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Scientists have found a promising way to replicate the human brain cells to more quickly further studies for treatments & other Alzheimer’s research. They have created neurons that behave as they would in the human brain, not a fully functioning brain itself, however, this is a huge breakthrough as scientists will be able to tests the effects of certain studies much closer and more accurately, as it pertains, to the human brain. Read more by clicking the link below: Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells for Use in Alzheimer’s Research ~The New York Times The post Breakthrough…
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  • Seeing Stars

    Heather Sawitsky
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
      How do you find a good nursing home when you need one? For many years, it was very difficult for families to find any information on quality measures, and had to rely solely on word of mouth from others. Read More...
  • Honoring Choices

    Heather Sawitsky
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
      Ellen DiPaola is an attorney went to law school eight years ago and decided to specialize in obtaining guardianship. She began to realize that many people incorrectly assumed that their spouse or adult child could automatically Read More...
  • People with Dementia Mentoring People with Dementia

    Heather Sawitsky
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
      A good piece of advice for young people embarking on their careers is to find a mentor, someone who can explain the larger context of a situation, connect them to other resources and provide individual feedback. Does this Read More...
  • Frontline Features Atul Gawande

    Heather Sawitsky
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:15 pm
      On Tuesday night, February 10, PBS will broadcast a Frontline program featuring Atul Gawande and his new book, Being Mortal. As I wrote in an Read More...
  • A Caution About Some Popular Medications

    Heather Sawitsky
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:55 pm
    A study published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine concluded that some commonly used medications significantly increase an older person’s risk of developing dementia. The study followed over 3500 people for 17 Read More...
 
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  • Wednesday Wellness: Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes…

    InnovAge
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    your hair style like 68-year-old David Bowie.     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 … Continue reading →
  • New York Couple Celebrate Birthdays: Both 100 Plus!

    InnovAge
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Congratulations to Duranord and Jeanne Veillard who celebrate birthdays this weekend. Both are more than 100 years old!                       This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to … Continue reading →
  • Technology Used to Help Older Adults

    InnovAge
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
    More and more technology is being used to improve the lives of older adults…everything from GPS seniors in shoes to home sensors to monitor activity. All of which is extremely helpful to caregivers.               … Continue reading →
  • Lenore Rivera: Moving to a Private Home

    InnovAge
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Part seven My mom stayed with me for only three weeks. I needed to find a home for her, as physically it was becoming impossible for me to care for her. I made calls to numerous assisted-living facilities. All of … Continue reading →
  • Wednesday Wellness: Run a Marathon

    InnovAge
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    Break out the trainers and start training for a marathon. If 91-year-old Harriette Thompson (below) can do it, so can you!   This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical … Continue reading →
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