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Fewer drugs the better prescription for dementia

DOVER –– A recent effort has been made to reduce and even eliminate the use of antipsychotic drugs on older Americans suffering from dementia.

“Antipsychotics have been around since the 1940s and are used for psychotic conditions like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder but have also been used on patients with various forms of dementia like […]

Soaring dementia care costs hurt family finances

A new nation wide study found families providing financial support for loved ones with dementia are struggling to make ends meet. 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, the most common form of Dementia. If it comes time to put a loved one in a care home the costs can be overwhelming. Ameriprises Financial certified […]

How stress triggers Alzheimer’s disease? – Pembroke Pines Health

Ongoing stress is blamed for contributing to an array of health problems – from depression to high blood pressure. Now researchers say it’s also linked with a type of memory decline that’s often a prelude to Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Latest Weapon Against Dementia is Delicious, Makes a Great Pie

Think your memory is starting to slip? Start munching on blueberries. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati say chowing down on the “superfruit” may help treat patients with cognitive impairments.

Elaborating on earlier research that showed animals who consumed blueberries saw improved cognitive function, scientists conducted two studies: In one, 47 people with mild cognitive […]

How to cope when a loved one has dementia and still drives

Imagine suddenly realizing you don’t know where you are or why you are driving just moments after starting your car. You can’tremember how you arrived at this point, but your foot is still on the gas as you pick up speed. The light in front of you turns red, but by the time you’ve processed […]

Amy’s Place: A respite for dementia caregivers and their loved ones

At Amy’s Place, sisters Jean and Pam Van Ahn want dementia caregivers to find needed respite from their duties and maybe make a new friend walking the same difficult journey.

In an old house in Roswell’s historic district, the sisters have established a memory cafe open without charge six days a week.

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Caregivers of people with dementia face financial hardships

CHICAGO (AP) — Many relatives and friends providing financial support or care to people with dementia have dipped into their retirement savings, cut back on spending and sold assets to pay for expenses tied to the disease, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Alzheimer’s Association.

About one in five go hungry because they […]

Dementia patients face increased risks from care transitions

The majority of recently diagnosed dementia residents are bouncing between healthcare sites, putting them at risk for serious health problems, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia Centre for Health Services and Policy Research in Vancouver tracked health data from […]

A lesson on Alzheimer’s disease

Greg Kintzele is close with his grandmother. But she began to change, and eventually couldn’t remember Kintzele.

“I felt kind of hurt,” he says to NPR. “I’ve known her since I was a baby.”

When Kintzele learned about Alzheimer’s disease in school, everything he experience with his grandmother made sense. Kintzele attends Graland Country Day […]

ISU Alzheimer’s study uncovers links between obesity and the brain

Iowa State assistant professor of food science and human nutrition Auriel Willette is not an outsider looking in when it comes to researching the links between the brain and obesity. This topic hits a personal note with him; given that at one point in his life, he was obese himself.

“There’s a certain degree […]