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  • Gene Variant May Double Alzheimer's Risk for Women: Study

    MedicineNet Alzheimer's General
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Gene Variant May Double Alzheimer's Risk for Women: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/14/2014 7:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 4/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Does Alzheimer's Affect Men & Women Equally?

    About.com Alzheimers Disease
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Do you know the statistics regarding who (men or women) develops Alzheimer's disease? A common sense guess might be that half of people who get dementia are women and half are men, but common sense is wrong here. Or, perhaps you're aware that the average lifespan for a women is longer than for a man, and you guess that the breakdown is 55% women to 45% men. Closer, but not there yet....Read Full Post
  • The Knot in My Stomach

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    Bob DeMarco
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    I was experiencing what can best be described as dread. The knot in my stomach was growing bigger and bigger each day.Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room I'm sitting here this morning thinking back to the period of greatest burden. The great period of Alzheimer's caregiving burden when I really didn't know what to do, or how to do it.I remember each morning sitting here on my computer and thinking, I hope Dotty doesn't wake up early today. In those days she usually did.I was experiencing what can best be described as dread.The knot in my stomach was growing bigger and bigger each…
  • Could Bolstering the Retromer Thwart Alzheimer’s?

    Alzforum News
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    A drug candidate for Alzheimer’s aims to make cell trafficking more efficient, reduce Aβ production.
  • NEWS: GET CHARGED UP IN NO TIME

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    12 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Get Charged Up in No Time Well, “no time” may be a slight exaggeration, but it is not to
 
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  • Does Alzheimer's Affect Men & Women Equally?

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Do you know the statistics regarding who (men or women) develops Alzheimer's disease? A common sense guess might be that half of people who get dementia are women and half are men, but common sense is wrong here. Or, perhaps you're aware that the average lifespan for a women is longer than for a man, and you guess that the breakdown is 55% women to 45% men. Closer, but not there yet....Read Full Post
  • Young Children + People with Alzheimer's Disease = Victory

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Have you ever seen the reaction of someone with dementia when a young child comes near? This is one of my favorite interactions to observe. Why? Because the vast majority of time, the dementia takes a back seat to the presence of the child. For me, the type of interactions I witness between someone with Alzheimer's disease and with children is one of those victorious moments in the battle against dementia....Read Full Post
  • Vitamin D: Good for More than Just Your Bone Health

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    When it comes to vitamin D, most of us are familiar with the thought that it's helpful in keeping our bones strong. But did you know that it has many ...Read Full Post
  • Friendships- Good for Your Heart and Your Brain?

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I recently wrote an article about the benefits of social interaction, specifically outlining what research says about how friendships and the act of socializing and interacting with others impacts our risk of developing dementia. Here's the article: Does Social Interaction Prevent Dementia?...Read Full Post
  • Coping with the Challenges of Being a Long-Distance Caregiver

    23 Mar 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Ask caregivers about the ups and downs of their role, and you'll hear a variety of responses. In addition to a list of challenges, you may also hear some positives, including the feeling that it's a privilege and that they wouldn't want to have it any other way. What you probably won't hear is the phrase, "It's easy."...Read Full Post
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  • The Knot in My Stomach

    Bob DeMarco
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    I was experiencing what can best be described as dread. The knot in my stomach was growing bigger and bigger each day.Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room I'm sitting here this morning thinking back to the period of greatest burden. The great period of Alzheimer's caregiving burden when I really didn't know what to do, or how to do it.I remember each morning sitting here on my computer and thinking, I hope Dotty doesn't wake up early today. In those days she usually did.I was experiencing what can best be described as dread.The knot in my stomach was growing bigger and bigger each…
  • How to Reunite with a Person Living with Dementia

    Bob DeMarco
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    When Alzheimer's strikes it comes with an all encompassing confusion on the part of the Alzheimer's caregiver and the person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomReunite: come together or cause to come together again after a period of separation or disunity.When Alzheimer's strikes it comes with an all encompassing confusion on the part of the Alzheimer's caregiver and the person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.I call this confusion discombobulation. Discombobulate: to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate.Subscribe to the…
  • Stem cells offer potential pathway to treat Alzheimer's disease

    Bob DeMarco
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    The brain is protected by a system called the blood-brain-barrier that restricts access of cells, proteins, and drugs to the brain.Alzheimer's Reading RoomUC Irvine neurobiologists have found that genetically modified neural stem cells show positive results when transplanted into the brains of mice with the symptoms and pathology of Alzheimer's disease.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail: UCI study finds modified stem cells offer potential pathway to treat Alzheimer's diseaseThe pre-clinical trial is published in the journal Stem Cells Research and Therapy, and the approach has…
  • My New Dementia Friends and Family

    Bob DeMarco
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    After lunch, they tend to stay at the table enjoying each other’s company. Last week they invited to me sit with them. It was an honor.Marilyn RaichleAlzheimer's Reading RoomWhen Mom moved to Assisted Living, I, like most people, breathed a sigh of relief. She was safe and she was lucky enough to be in a supportive and nurturing environment that kept her engaged and active.And like many, I dutifully visited her—about once a week. Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail: I admit to a somewhat inflated sense of my importance in her life. I am, after all, her daughter. Surely she…
  • Marie Answers, Can Gifts Bring Joy to a Person Living With Dementia?

    Bob DeMarco
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Everyone loves getting presents and people living with Alzheimer’s are no exception.Marie Marley Alzheimer's Reading Room I originally learned about the importance of gift giving from my beloved Romanian life partner, Ed. It started one time when I took him a pair of new shoes. When he put them on, he immediately exclaimed, “These are the most beautiful shoes I’ve ever had.”They weren’t especially beautiful. They were just an ordinary pair of black Dr. Scholl’s with Velcro fasteners. But to him they were special.Then one day on a whim and against my better judgment I bought a…
 
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  • NEWS: GET CHARGED UP IN NO TIME

    george-b
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Get Charged Up in No Time Well, “no time” may be a slight exaggeration, but it is not to
  • A Dear Frances Column for Caregivers

    franceskakugawa
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
      Yes, I am now a columnist for the Hawai’i Herald! Read the intro to the first column by Hawai’i Herald: Hawai’i Herald Columnist …With this issue of The Hawai’i Herald, we welcome author, poet, teacher and seminar speaker Frances Kakugawa to our ‘ohana of monthly columnists. .. …Frances was in Hawai’i last month to deliver several talks on writing and caregiving — she spoke on Oahu and in Hilo. We got together on a Saturday for a won ton mein lunch and sealed the deal on her penning a monthly “Dear Frances” column, sharing her perspectives on…
  • Alzheimer’s Therapy May Come From Effort to Revive Failed Drugs - Businessweek

    Butch
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Alzheimer’s Therapy May Come From Effort to Revive Failed Drugs – Businessweek.
  • My Mother’s Keepers - NYTimes.com

    Butch
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    My Mother’s Keepers – NYTimes.com.
  • The Effects of Forced Early Retirement on Elderly People

    gomezmarco
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Retirement is often thought of as the time in peoples lives when they stop working, buy a nice sports car, and live out the rest of their days in senior resort-like homes or among caring family members. However, when elderly people are forced into early retirement, this is often not the case. Retirement varies greatly among elderly individuals, and the process fluctuates greatly (Shultz and Wang 2011, p.171). Some people obtain other jobs or pursue hobbies (like golf) after retirement. Life after retirement is semi-dependent on the financial support one receives through savings and working in…
 
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    The Myth of Alzheimers

  • Harvard Neuroscientist predicts (confidently) that gene therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease will be available in Five Years – oh really, maybe he meant for Mouseheimer’s disease

    Peter Whitehouse
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
      We had a visitor to Case from a hospital in Boston; I will not mention his or its name but it was an engaging time. He presented two talks: one on the spread of tau pathology in a mouse model of early Alzheimer’s disease and the other on the use of gene transfer of [...]
  • Dementia Reimagined from the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy: by Fotini Lionis

    Peter Whitehouse
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Thanks to the students who reflected on their participation in the course and their work with persons with dementia.   Fotini Lionis March 12, 2014 I have attached 2 pictures that I had the opportunity to paint during programming one day at work. The set-up was one volunteer playing the piano, while myself, a participant, [...]
  • Dementia Reimagined Final Assignment: by Loretta Tanner

    Peter Whitehouse
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Thanks to the students who reflected on their participation in the course and their work with persons with dementia.   Loretta Tanner, March 5, 2014 I am one of the students who participated in Dr. Whitehouse’s online Dementia Reimagined course. I am taking this opportunity to blog about the ideas that captured my attention. First [...]
  • Dementia Reimagined: responsible innovation and neuroculture

    Peter Whitehouse
    23 Feb 2014 | 7:43 am
    Cartoon by Nuez On Friday lunch time I was at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands discussing Responsible Innovation and on Saturday morning I was at the University of Illinois in Champaign discussing neuroculture. Remarkable each university was two hours away from the major airport into which I flew – by train to [...]
  • Dementia Reimagined -in the community in Amsterdam

    Peter Whitehouse
    19 Feb 2014 | 11:14 pm
      I have always thought the Netherlands a very pleasant and civilized country. They deal with difficult topics like end-of-life care and euthanasia and global climate change with a degree of collective wisdom which is admirable. For the past three days I have been in Amsterdam meeting with incredible people and seeing incredible programs. The [...]
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  • The Complexities of Sun Down for Alzheimer’s Patients

    Heather Sawitsky
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:32 pm
      Early evening, often considered one of the most peaceful times of day, can present tremendous challenges for people with Alzheimer’s disease.   About 20% of Alzheimer’s patients experience a pronounced increase in Read More...
  • A Looming Shortage of Caregivers

    Heather Sawitsky
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
      Credit: Brian Walker AARP data indicates that  the country will not have enough caregivers, be they men or women, to care for the anticipated numbers of Baby Boomers who will need care over the next 20 years.  While Read More...
  • Women and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Heather Sawitsky
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:54 am
    The Alzheimer’s Association released a report on March 19, 2014 announcing that women at age 65 have a lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s that is almost twice the lifetime risk of men at age 65.  This information begs the question why women are more prone to this disease. There are Read More...
  • New Theories on Protecting Against Alzheimer’s Disease

    Heather Sawitsky
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:59 am
    Most scientists consider plaques and tangles in the brain to be the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.  However, they are still trying to figure out how these plaques and tangles cause brain cells to die.  And we do not yet know why up to 30% of those with plaques and tangles Read More...
  • Hope for a New Diagnostic Tool

    Heather Sawitsky
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:20 am
    The focus on much current Alzheimer’s research is on determining if experimental drugs that have failed in past clinical trials will be effective if they are started before people show any clinical symptoms of the disease. There are trials now underway to test this hypothesis. How to Find Subjects Likely Read More...
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