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Simple steps to help people with dementia lead better lives

Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease.

The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable condition progresses, we’re told time and again. Full Story […]

Maine poet wins international prize for work about dementia

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine poet’s endearing piece about her husband’s dementia has won an international poetry award.

The Press Herald reports ( ) that Lee Sharkey was presented with the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize for her poem, “Letter to Al”, at an award ceremony in Dublin, Ireland, on Thursday. The Moth magazine sponsors the […]

When It’s Alzheimer’s the Mind Forgets but the Heart Remembers

Our loved ones with Alzheimer’s may forget our name and forget their relationship to us. They may not remember we’re their spouse, their child, another relative or their best friend. If and when this happens, it is incredibly painful.

If the person is living in a care community, we may feel there’s really no […]

Diabetic AND overweight? You’re MORE likely to suffer dementia too

If you’re overweight or obese, and have type 2 diabetes, you are at an increased risk of dementia, according to new research.

A study by the University of Seoul found overweight diabetic adults had more severe and progressive abnormalities in brain structure and cognition compared to normal-weight adults.

Dr In Kyoon Lyoo of the Ewha […]

Dementia caregivers: Learning to live in your loved one’s reality

There was a time, and it wasn’t that long ago, when the word dementia was nearly synonymous with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia is now a far more complicated realm. There are 48 kinds, including variations of Alzheimer’s, Lewy body, and frontotemporal dementias, Tam Cummings, a gerontologist from Texas, told 400 family and professional caregivers last week. […]

Man’s spiral into dementia revealed artistic ability

LAS VEGAS – Amidst the heartbreak there is beauty.

For Beecher Trail, as his dementia worsened — his creativity began to flourish.

Prior to his diagnosis with Frontotemporal dementia, Trail had zero artistic ability. It’s something unusual — but not completely uncommon according to neurologists at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

“I’m not […]

Drugs already in medicine cabinets may fight dementia, early data suggests

Tried, true, and FDA-approved drugs for cancer and depression—already in medicine cabinets—may also be long-sought treatments for devastating brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other forms of dementia, according to a new study in Brain, a Journal of Neurology.

The research is still in early stages; it only involved mouse and cell experiments, which […]

Low Levels Of “Memory Protein” Linked to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease

Working with human brain tissue samples and genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers together with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, the University of California San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Columbia University, and the Institute for Basic Research in Staten Island say that consequences of low levels of the protein NPTX2 […]

‘Movement with Meaning’ helps deter Alzheimer’s

Designed for persons in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, “Movement with Meaning” reinforces the remaining strengths and abilities of people with dementia by using a multisensory approach that stimulates all five senses. As the mind begins to unravel, the body becomes the refuge, container and point of reference. In a “Movement with Meaning” class, […]

Dizzy Spells in Middle-Age Tied to Dementia Risk Later

Middle-aged adults who get dizzy when they stand due to a temporary drop in blood pressure may be at increased risk for dementia when they’re older, new research suggests.

These episodes of sudden low blood pressure — called orthostatic hypotension — may leave lasting damage due to reduced blood flow to the brain, according to […]