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Facing financial reality when early dementia is diagnosed

Chuck McClatchey had a sound retirement plan.

Already retired with pensions from two jobs — one as a U.S. Air Force master sergeant (E-7) and the other as an electrical operations superintendent for 20 years with the Arizona Department of Transportation — he landed another job with the state of Texas working on traffic signals […]

Elderhood Project: New tool helps families with seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia

Alzheimer’s disease affects the entire family and many will experience that moment of panic when a loved one wanders off.

The numbers are staggering — six out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s or dementia will wander. It can happen at any time and not just on foot.

“They could get in a car and drive […]

Concern that radiation may contribute to development of Alzheimer’s

More humans than ever are exposed to higher levels of ionizing radiation from medical equipment, airplanes, etc. A new study suggests that this kind of radiation may be a confounding factor in the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer´s.

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5 creative ways to help a loved one with dementia

Caring for a person with dementia can be extremely challenging as it is a very unpredictable and complex condition. They can have problems with orientation and can get lost very easily in their own home as well as having sensory difficulties. They also will have memory loss and may be confused. Due to this it […]

Scientists develop a new speech therapy to help dementia patients recall lost memories

In a new Northwestern Medicine study, researchers develop a novel telemedicine speech therapy program for people with language problems due to dementia. The therapy can significantly improve patients’ ability to recall words they had “lost.

People with Alzheimer’s dementia or primary progressive aphasia often have language problems, struggling to retrieve the name of a grandchild […]

Dementia? Or normal aging? Breaking down the role memory loss plays in getting older

The physical, psychological and social burdens paired with the group of symptoms are devastating, both to victims and their families.

We are talking about dementia and cases are escalating rapidly. As baby boomers age, experts predict this trend will continue to increase.

But where is the line drawn between dementia and normal aging?

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Dementia patients may benefit from holistic approach to mealtimes and exercise

As the number of dementia cases rises and research into the neurological disorder intensifies, a holistic approach to dementia is being seen as a real benefit.

The holistic approach focuses on individualized care and looks at the whole person as opposed to the person’s brain functions alone. It also takes into account the patient’s remaining […]

Study harnesses healing power of horses for dementia patients

A groundbreaking program that has helped people with dementia by having them interact with horses will launch at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine at the end of this month after a test run at Stanford University.

The veterinary school, the UC Davis School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the nonprofit group Connected […]

Program helps those with dementia regain ‘lost’ words

An innovative online speech therapy program is helping seniors with dementia recall words that seemed lost, including the names of their grandchildren.

It’s common for those with Alzheimer’s disease or primary progressive aphasia to encounter language problems, including the ability to retrieve once-familiar names.

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REGULARLY lifting weights can boost your brain power – and ward off dementia, experts have revealed.

Increasing muscle strength was found to improve the brain function of adults suffering mild cognitive impairment – a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease.

The new research shows for the first time a “positive causal link” between strong muscles and improved brain power, in people over the age of 55 with the condition.

People with mild cognitive […]