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  • Dotty Did Not Allow Alzheimer's to Define Her

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    Bob DeMarco
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Dotty 2 months before her death, why did she look better than she had in over 8 years?By Bob DeMarco+Alzheimer's Reading RoomClick to play and listen.Dotty 2 months before her death,why did she look better than she had in over 8 years?I'm sitting here thinking about my mom, Dotty.Many of you are new here to the Alzheimer's Reading Room, so let me bring you up to date. I took care of my mother from November 17, 2003 until she went to Heaven on May 25, 2012. Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail: It is not unusual for Alzheimer's caregivers to go 8 or more years in their role of…
  • Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer's: Review

    MedicineNet Alzheimer's General
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer's: ReviewCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/16/2014 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Caregivers May Face Roller Coaster Effect with Lewy Body Dementia Symptoms

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    Bob DeMarco
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The combination of the motor signs of Parkinson’s disease (slowed mobility, stooped posture and tremor) and mental confusion, especially if the degree of confusion fluctuates day to day, should raise a red flag for suspicion of Lewy Body Dementia.+Alzheimer's Reading Room“I watched my husband experience a decline in cognition followed by a period of what seemed like improved function only to plunge again into confusion with more frequent hallucinations,” says one caregiver newly acquainted with Lewy body dementia (LBD). According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), these ups…
  • Crenezumab Disappoints in Phase 2, Researchers Remain Hopeful

    Alzforum News
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    At AAIC 2014, crenezumab Phase 2 trial results stirred debate.
  • Study: Alzheimer's And Dementia Rates Decline In US, Wealthy Countries

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    bfearnowcbs
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) – The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries — good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show. An American over age 60 today has a 44 percent lower chance of developing dementia than a similar-aged person did roughly 30 years ago, the longest study of these trends in the U.S. concluded. Dementia rates also are down in Germany, a study there found. “For an individual, the actual risk of dementia seems to have…
 
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  • Caregivers May Face Roller Coaster Effect with Lewy Body Dementia Symptoms

    Bob DeMarco
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The combination of the motor signs of Parkinson’s disease (slowed mobility, stooped posture and tremor) and mental confusion, especially if the degree of confusion fluctuates day to day, should raise a red flag for suspicion of Lewy Body Dementia.+Alzheimer's Reading Room“I watched my husband experience a decline in cognition followed by a period of what seemed like improved function only to plunge again into confusion with more frequent hallucinations,” says one caregiver newly acquainted with Lewy body dementia (LBD). According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), these ups…
  • Learning How to Communicate with Someone Living with Alzheimer's

    Bob DeMarco
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    I finally realized that I was fighting Alzheimer's and this was not working. I needed to change. Like it or not reality had changed. This understanding lead me to a new place that I now call Alzheimer's World.By +Bob DeMarco+Alzheimer's Reading RoomCarole Larkin wrote an interesting article -- How the Loss of Memory Works in Alzheimer’s Disease, and How Understanding This Could Help YouThe article described in layman's terms how problems with short term memory are directly related to the region of the brain known as the hippocampus; and, how when this brain region stops functioning properly…
  • Well, She Loves It

    Bob DeMarco
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    By +Bob DeMarco+Alzheimer's Reading RoomThe following comment from Kevin Nuckels appeared under the article Can a Person Living with Dementia Become Happier and More Aware ?After reading about your success with Petey and Harvey, I purchased a parrot for my mom Bobbe, who was diagnosed 1-1/2 years ago. I had it shipped to her house, and was on my way up there to set it up, and was feeling a little anxious about it. I didn't know how she would react to a kid's toy.

 Well, she loves it.It took her a little while to get the hang of communicating with Pete, but once she did she…
  • How Alzheimer’s Changed Everything - Dining Out With Ed

    Bob DeMarco
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Being in love with a person who has Alzheimer’s can be like living on another planet.By Marie MarleyAlzheimer's Reading Room As many of you know I had a thirty-year relationship with Edward Theodoru, my beloved Romanian life partner, who later developed Alzheimer’s.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail: Dining out – Before Alzheimer’sI can’t help but remember how gallant and chivalrous Ed had been when we dined out on our first date back in 1975. I remember how he kissed my hand when I opened the door of my apartment to greet him.When we reached Lenhardt’s, a wonderful…
  • Dotty Did Not Allow Alzheimer's to Define Her

    Bob DeMarco
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Dotty 2 months before her death, why did she look better than she had in over 8 years?By Bob DeMarco+Alzheimer's Reading RoomClick to play and listen.Dotty 2 months before her death,why did she look better than she had in over 8 years?I'm sitting here thinking about my mom, Dotty.Many of you are new here to the Alzheimer's Reading Room, so let me bring you up to date. I took care of my mother from November 17, 2003 until she went to Heaven on May 25, 2012. Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail: It is not unusual for Alzheimer's caregivers to go 8 or more years in their role of…
 
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  • Study: Alzheimer's And Dementia Rates Decline In US, Wealthy Countries

    bfearnowcbs
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) – The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries — good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show. An American over age 60 today has a 44 percent lower chance of developing dementia than a similar-aged person did roughly 30 years ago, the longest study of these trends in the U.S. concluded. Dementia rates also are down in Germany, a study there found. “For an individual, the actual risk of dementia seems to have…
  • COOL STUFF PERHAPS YOU DID NOT KNOW.

    enriquesmassage
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    1. The extinct pelagornis bird had a wingspan as wide as 24 feet. 2. The Nazi’s “perfect Aryan” poster child was Jewish 3. A computer chip that delivers a contraceptive hormone can be turned off when a woman wants to get pregnant. 4. Scientists know where an on-off switch for consciousness is located in the brain. 5. New apps connect people who have leftover food and those who want it 6. : – ) or :)? Whether or not your smiley face emoticons have a nose says a lot about you. 7. Your face can predict how long you’ll live. 8. New self-service machines at the Minnesota Twins’…
  • Magnesium: a critical mineral for your body

    renee100
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Have you ever wondered if you were taking the right vitamin supplements for your body’s needs? There is so much information and opinions on whether you need supplements and if so which ones and how much to take. This can get really confusing, so let’s keep it simple for now and look at one mineral that is making the headlines more these days- Magnesium. Magnesium has a lot of jobs in the body: 1. It takes part in over 300 enzyme reactions in the body and helps make energy 2. Transports calcium and potassium across cell membranes and keeps your kidneys and heart healthy 3. Helps…
  • Study: US Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

    rtmsbroadus
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Norma Robinson pulls out the comics from the paper to play Hocus-Foucs with her husband John Robinson Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Although John has Alzheimer’s and Dementia and can still do some things by himself, he has trouble initiating activities and mostly shadows Norma, who has taken up the role of his caretaker. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries — good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are…
  • DHA & ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

    Dr. Rhonda Henry
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    This is exciting folks – really! A hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis is the develop
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  • Richard Taylor on the “progress” of the Alzheimer’s national plan

    Danny George
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    This post is from our friend and colleague Richard Taylor, a contributor to the blog:  There was a saying in WW II (I’ve been told) that claimed “Loose lips sink ships.” I have just read several news releases and watch ​ed​ a couple of NIH videos updating the progress of the national plan, you remember [...]
  • Alzheimer’s disease and pink slime: making sense of the Blackfriars Consensus Statement

    Danny George
    2 Jun 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The tides truly appear to be shifting in the dementia field. For several decades, the focus has largely been on studying the disease process and developing drugs to intercede in the process of amyloid formation, believed to be toxic to neurons. Those efforts have not panned out, and now clinical trials are introducing anti-amyloid treatments [...]
  • Manchester UK- a friendly community for the future

    Peter Whitehouse
    22 May 2014 | 1:46 am
      Just finished visit to Manchester, the first official age-friendly city in the UK which also has a legacy of being the first modern industrial city. Our host were many including Chris Phillipson of MICRA at the University of Manchester, Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director of dementia at the NHS, and John Keady of DART, [...]
  • What’s normal? The politics of psychiatric labeling

    Danny George
    6 May 2014 | 6:32 am
    The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) was released almost one year ago. In its wake, a national debate has waged about the expanding boundaries of mental illness, and the process through which the DSM comes to adjudicate its categories. Peter and I recently authored a piece on the website Open Democracy [...]
  • Institute of the Future Free Webinar May 15th at 12 EST

    Peter Whitehouse
    1 May 2014 | 5:34 am
    Hi All, the very forward thinking San Francisco-based  Institute for the Future is hosting a free Aging Forward webinar in which Peter is one of the participants. Please see details below and join the conversation.  Best, Peter   From: Sarah Smith Research + Design Manager, Health Horizons Institute for the Future Here is the link to [...]
 
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  • Eye Tests: More Screening Tools to Identify People at Risk for Alzheimer’s

    Heather Sawitsky
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
      Credit: Official U.S. Navy Page   Two clinical trials that use eye screening to detect early build up of amyloid in the brain were reviewed at the 2014 Alzheimer’s International Conference.  Like the smell tests that were also Read More...
  • Can’t Smell the Difference Between Coffee and Lemon? … You May Be at Risk for Alzheimer’s.

    Heather Sawitsky
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Credit: Dan Zen The Alzheimer’s research community is focused on finding effective therapies for patients who do not yet exhibit symptoms of cognitive impairment. This Read More...
  • Time to Lace Up Your Sneakers!

    Heather Sawitsky
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    To exercise or not exercise, that is the question. Can it delay development of Alzheimer’s disease by increasing the size of your hippocampus, the part of the brain crucial to memory formation? The Cleveland Clinic Read More...
  • WBUR Launches a Six-Week Series: Brain Matters

    Heather Sawitsky
    22 Jun 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Credit: WBUR Compared to what we know about most of our organs, our brain remains a vast, unexplored terrain. The living Read More...
  • Truth or Consequences?

    Heather Sawitsky
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    Where is my mother? A simple question, but so hard to answer when the person’s mother has been dead for many years. I am missing an important meeting. Can you Read More...
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