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  • Can Anesthesia Trigger Dementia or Memory Loss

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    Bob DeMarco
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    There can be little doubt that the use of anesthesia with dementia patients is controversial. Thousands of readers of the Alzheimer's Reading Room believe anesthesia worsened dementia, and caused greater memory loss.By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading RoomThe ongoing debate about the potential effects of anesthesia on persons living with dementia rages on.Here on the Alzheimer's Reading Room we have had thousands of caregivers over the years comment that their loved one did poorly after surgery. Sometimes the state of dementia worsens and then comes back, sometimes it does not.Sometimes short…
  • Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer's Origins

    MedicineNet Alzheimer's General
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer's OriginsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/12/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Staying Connected with Mom

    Alzheimer's Reading Room
    Bob DeMarco
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Staying connected with Mom may have begun as an obligation but it is now one of the great joys of my life. By Marilyn RaichleAlzheimer's Reading Room I walked out of my mother’s room in Assisted Living, counted to three and realized that, inside the comfort of her room, Mom had no memory of my having been there.“So why visit?” I hear people say. “She won’t remember you anyway.”Is that true?The research tells us that a pleasant experience releases endorphins that have a positive effect on a person with dementia even after the experience is forgotten.Reason enough—but for me the…
  • A New Drug to Calm Agitation, Uncontrollable Laughing and Crying, in Alzheimer’s?

    Alzforum News
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Two trials suggest that a fixed combination of a cough medicine and a cardiac arrhythmia medicine might treat agitation and quiet emotional outbursts in people with Alzheimer’s.
  • Glen Campbell Honored in the News

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    Choices in Senior Care
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    NBC Nightly News featured a segment on Glen Campbell and his journey with Alzheimer’s disease
 
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  • Staying Connected with Mom

    Bob DeMarco
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Staying connected with Mom may have begun as an obligation but it is now one of the great joys of my life. By Marilyn RaichleAlzheimer's Reading Room I walked out of my mother’s room in Assisted Living, counted to three and realized that, inside the comfort of her room, Mom had no memory of my having been there.“So why visit?” I hear people say. “She won’t remember you anyway.”Is that true?The research tells us that a pleasant experience releases endorphins that have a positive effect on a person with dementia even after the experience is forgotten.Reason enough—but for me the…
  • Can Anesthesia Trigger Dementia or Memory Loss

    Bob DeMarco
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    There can be little doubt that the use of anesthesia with dementia patients is controversial. Thousands of readers of the Alzheimer's Reading Room believe anesthesia worsened dementia, and caused greater memory loss.By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading RoomThe ongoing debate about the potential effects of anesthesia on persons living with dementia rages on.Here on the Alzheimer's Reading Room we have had thousands of caregivers over the years comment that their loved one did poorly after surgery. Sometimes the state of dementia worsens and then comes back, sometimes it does not.Sometimes short…
  • Alive Inside - Find Your Songs

    Bob DeMarco
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Meaningful music has a place in our caregiving strategies, and can often becomes active expression and conduit of our love.By Pamela R. Kelley Alzheimer's Reading RoomForget Me NotThe State Flower of AlaskaMy mother, Audrey, had a famously tin ear. She’d be the first to tell you that she couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. But she liked to sing, nonetheless. So when we began our partnership through the last five years of her life, we made a habit of singing every day. Four songs. That was it. At any point in the day, if I heard Audrey hum a note in her distracted way, I would catch her eye…
  • Do Brain Games Really Help Prevent Dementia?

    Bob DeMarco
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    The explosion of individuals with dementia brain draining disorders like Alzheimer’s, has created an over abundance of resources targeted at improving one’s mind.By Elaine C PereiraAlzheimer's Reading Room The implied proposition of course, is that challenging your brain through visual, spatial and related problem-solving exercises will stall or maybe even arrest dementia. But do they? Like far too many people, I know first hand the ravages of Alzheimer’s. My mother died of the disease in 2011 and she often referred to her “Aunt Elizabeth” has having succumb to “senility, but…
  • Alzheimer's Care, Self Concept, Self Confidence

    Bob DeMarco
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    When it comes to Alzheimer's caregiving it is very difficult to be positive because at the outset few of us have any concept of what to do.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomSelf concept, the concept of self. Self concept defines how you think or feel about yourself. Basically, self concept is a determining factor in what you believe you can do; and, what you believe you can't do.The concept of self is determined by our experiences. In the case of Alzheimer's caregiving it is very difficult to be positive because at the outset few of us have any concept of what to do. Subscribe to the…
 
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  • Glen Campbell Honored in the News

    Choices in Senior Care
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    NBC Nightly News featured a segment on Glen Campbell and his journey with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Real Hallucination

    spiritwave
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Someone close to me has been diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD). To protect privacy and show that AD affects millions of people, I rotate names alphabetically and swap gender for each post. Aaron is next. Thankfully, I have a very close relationship with Aaron. A sour look this morning revealed something wrong, and verbal confirmation by Aaron expressed unhappiness due to the fight we had yesterday over a meat product and the fear of premature long term care. Aaron was confused by my anger then, which was understandable, because that fight never happened. My character…
  • Planning Postdischarge Care with Cognitively Impaired Adults

    amiemc
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    A patient performs the CLOX 1, a clock-drawing task used to assess patients for cognitive impairment. Photo by Ed Eckstein. By Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief The transition from hospital to home can be fraught with pitfalls, especially if the patient in question is an older adult with multiple conditions and a not-so-prepared caregiver. The transitional care model, in which NPs coordinate care and provide follow-up care after discharge, has been shown to be successful in reducing hospital readmissions in this group of patients. With Medicare levying penalties on hospitals with…
  • Medical marijuana and the fight against Parkinson's disease

    praguepot
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    The Israelis are doing some wonderful research over at Tel Aviv University on cannabis. The country has allowed research into the medical properties of cannabis long before America’s recent change of heart. In a study on mice, they gave a tiny dose of THC to mice and then caused their brains to swell. (This is rather nasty to think about, but the end result will be we eradicate the horrors of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease) The tiny dose protected the brains from the damage that would have been done from the swelling of the mice’s brains. So what does that mean, I…
  • Glen Campbell releases powerful final song and video about his future with Alzheimer's disease

    A.P.
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I’m still here, but yet I’m gone I don’t play guitar or sing my songs They never defined who I am The man that loves you ’til the end You’re the last person I will love You’re the last face I will recall And best of all, I’m not gonna miss you. Not gonna miss you. I’m never gonna hold you like I did Or say I love you to the kids You’re never gonna see it in my eyes It’s not gonna hurt me when you cry I’m never gonna know what you go through All the things I say or do All the hurt and all the pain One thing selfishly remains…
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  • 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, [...]
  • Rethinking brain health and aging: Baycrest takes the lead

    Peter Whitehouse
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
        As some of you know I am a strategic advisor in  innovation and Visiting Scholar at Baycrest and Professor at the University of  Toronto with which Baycrest is affiliated. Baycrest has launched a new visibility initiative on rethinking brain health and aging .  Baycrest is unique in the world as having a world-class brain [...]
  • A glimpse into the Alzheimer’s Disease International 2014 report

    Danny George
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Over the weekend, I scanned through the recently published World Alzheimer’s Report for 2014, from the global advocacy group Alzheimer’s Disease International. The report is always a useful reference point for the latest thinking about brain aging, and I found this year’s version interesting on a variety of levels: 1) The focus of this year’s [...]
  • The G7 Dementia Process moves along this fall but in what direction with what goal and at what cost

    Peter Whitehouse
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I (Peter) have been tracking the high level G 7 conferences focusing on dementia. The field has been celebrating the attention from senior political leadership like David Cameron in the UK.  Starting in London in December of last year with the launch of the process and the World Dementia Council they have moved to Canada [...]
 
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  • How Long Do You Want to Live?

    Heather Sawitsky
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel has kick-started a discussion about how long we should live, and how to prevent medical interventions that extend life without quality. In a provocative article in the  October edition of Read More...
  • Being Mortal: High Praise for The Green House Project!

    Heather Sawitsky
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
      In his new book, Being Mortal, Atul Gawande holds up the Green House® Project and its creator Dr. Bill Thomas, as bright, imaginative, perhaps radical leaders in the Read More...
  • Brace Yourselves! Medicare Open Enrollment is Here

    Heather Sawitsky
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
      Each year, Medicare beneficiaries have a short window of time to select new coverage. This year Open Enrollment Season starts on October 15, and closes on December 7. Given the incredible complexity of the Medicare rules, known to Read More...
  • NY Attorney General Sues Alzheimer Drug Manufacturer

    Heather Sawitsky
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    In a move that has wide ranging implications for the pharmaceutical industry, the New York Attorney General sued Forest Read More...
  • White Oak Cottages Opens a Memory Café

    Heather Sawitsky
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    One of the hardest aspects of living with dementia is the loss of connection with others in the community. Everything takes longer Read More...
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