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Traveling with dementia? With extra prep from caregivers, absolutely

Summer is coming and my mom and dad want to travel with us on a summer road trip to a family reunion. My dad has dementia and we are not sure if it is OK for him to make the trip.

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Caregivers can feel deep sense of guilt

As caregiver for an individual with Alzheimers disease or dementia, it is easy to feel exhausted and overwhelmed.

Help with caregiving responsibilities often is hard to come by, and too many caregivers are ashamed to admit that they need help at all. As the disease progresses, the scope of care required becomes increasingly demanding, and […]

Multiple nursing home quality bills head to governor’s desk for signing

SAN ANTONIO — Older Texans can now celebrate as many nursing home quality bills are headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for signing, according to a news release from AARP.

This session, Texas lawmakers approved multiple bills that aim to protect the financial future of it’s members, improve access to health care and help unpaid […]

Alzheimer’s death rate jumps significantly

Dementia is a chronic neurodegenerative condition that leads to difficulty remembering recent events and problems with language, behavioral issues, and difficulties with self-care. Nearly 70 percent of all cases of dementia are caused by Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated 5.1 million Americans are affected. According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Dementia sufferers lose out as friends fade away

TWO out of three Scots with dementia say they have lost friends and experienced isolation after being diagnosed. A poll by the charity also found that more than half (60%) were too “embarrassed” or frightened to attend social events such because of their condition. Of the 500 people surveyed, 70% said friendships had dwindled and […]

Walking just 25 minutes a day ‘could stave off dementia and slow its effects by boosting blood flow to the brain’

Just 25 minutes of walking a day could stave off the debilitating effects of dementia, a new study claims.

Researchers in Canada monitored a group of 38 adults with vascular cognitive impairment, the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s.

They found that those who took a few brisk walks a […]

Maria Shriver’s coloring book for Alzheimer’s patients and their families

Maria Shriver has advice for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers: Get crayons and markers. Then fill in the butterfly wings, balloons and other uplifting images on the pages of “Color Your Mind,” a coloring book she developed in collaboration with neurologists, psychologists and nursing home residents.

It’s a personal project for the journalist, […]

Brain scans reveal for the first time that eating plenty of salmon, mackerel and sardines protects against Alzheimer’s by boosting blood flow and memory

Brain scans reveal for the first time that eating plenty of salmon, mackerel and sardines prevents Alzheimer’s disease by boosting blood flow, a study reveals.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, increase blood in brain regions that control memory and learning – both of which are destroyed by the neurological disorder, researchers […]

Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

Michael Sloss’ mother was diagnosed with dementia about five years ago, and his father a year after that.

Now Sloss and his brother care for both of their parents, ages 83 and 85, whose personalities have been transformed by the decline in their mental and physical health.

The brothers wrestle with their parents’ memory loss, […]

U.S. Alzheimer’s Deaths Jump 54 Percent; More Dying at Home

U.S. deaths from Alzheimer’s disease rose by more than 50 percent from 1999 to 2014, and rates are expected to continue to rise, reflecting the nation’s aging population and increasing life expectancy, American researchers said on Thursday.

In addition, a larger proportion of people with Alzheimer’s are dying at home rather than a medical facility, […]