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Unprecedented Recovery Documented in 10 Early-stage Alzheimer’s Patients

The human toll is evident. Patients knowing they are going to progressively lose their minds, functionality, and their very lives, must somehow learn to live with the horrifying diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Meanwhile their families shoulder the burden of care, and the anguish of knowing that someday they will no longer be recognized.

Around 5.4 million […]

Approved HIV drug could ward off Alzheimer’s disease

Mouse studies have shown that small doses of an HIV drug boost the brain’s ability to clear cholesterol. Now, a Case Western Reserve University team has identified how the drug works, suggesting it could be effective in delaying or preventing Alzheimer’s disease in humans.

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards of Technology found that […]

Expert talks Alzheimer’s and Dementia with caretakers

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – One in ten, that’s the number of people ages 65 and higher who have Alzheimer’s or Dementia here in the Wabash Valley.

It was a packed house at the Landsbaum Center in Terre Haute on Tuesday.

That’s as Dementia Care and Training Specialist Teepa Snow taught people the ins and […]

Pat Summitt Dead at 64: Legendary Women’s Basketball Coach Battled Alzheimer’s

Legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, 64, died early Tuesday, surrounded by her family and a handful of her former players – who flew in from around the nation – after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, her son has said.

Summitt was hired in 1974 as the Lady Vols head coach […]

Dementia patient bracelet offers extra layer of security

PRESCOTT – The successful search and rescue of an Alzheimer’s patient who wandered away from the nursing care facility where she lives on June 19 has prompted elder care and law enforcement officials to reiterate efforts that can be taken to help families and caregivers prepare against future scares.

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Cancer and dementia patients receive better end-of-life care than others, study finds

What you die of may determine the quality of care you receive during the final weeks or months of your life.

For, according to a new study, the families of patients with cancer or dementia tend to be more satisfied with their loved one’s end-of-life care than the families of patients with other illnesses or […]

Two Amazing Life-Changing Tips From Alzheimer’s Patients

Like most people, I assumed that Alzheimer’s was a terrible affliction, all downsides and no upsides. I mean, really, what’s wonderful about losing your memory, getting confused about people and places, and forgetting how to do many of the ordinary activities of life?

As I learned about Alzheimer’s, and came to know some people […]

No, Caregiving Is NOT Rewarding. It Simply Sucks.

Today a hospital social worker handed me a glossy brochure for newly anointed family caregivers of kidney dialysis patients. I am among the newly anointed.

The brochure begins with a cheery note that says I’m embarking on a rewarding journey. I have to admit, that line gave me the first laugh I’ve had in the […]

How to talk to a friend who has Alzheimer’s

During a routine trip to my local grocery, I ran into an acquaintance I had not seen in more than a year. She looked great and was her typically upbeat, energetic self. We exchanged hellos. I was not prepared for what came next.

“I was recently diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s,” she said.

Caregivers Corner: How to start the conversation about dementia

Dear Mary, A family member is now showing signs of dementia, and I have no idea where to start the conversation. How do you have the opening dialogue? I have heard the first step is with the person’s doctor, but how do you get the person there? Do you spring it on the person with […]