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Technology can lend a hand to family caregivers

John Dowd of Worcester moved back home a few years ago to care for his father, who had Alzheimer’s disease, while managing his own job in field service, a position that required him to travel. He relied on a panoply of technology to make it work: internet-connected security cameras, shoes with GPS tracking insoles, door […]

Virtual dementia helps senior living community provide better care for residents with dementia

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 62,000 Oklahoma residents are living with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. Sadly, 35 percent of caregivers for people with these diseases see a decline in the patients’ overall health due to heavy care responsibilities.

To help provide more empathy and specialized treatment for their […]

Is it Alzheimer’s or another dementia form? Why doctors need to distinguish

Alzheimer’s disease now affects an estimated 5.5 million Americans, and after decades of feverish work, researchers have so far failed to find a treatment that halts or reverses the inexorable loss of memory, function and thinking ability that characterize this feared illness.

But researchers have been quite successful at devising ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s earlier […]

Life Skills for Your LifeSpan: Traveling tips for caregivers

Mid-summer is customarily peak vacation time in the U.S.; time to get away, see new places, experience new things, and enjoy yourself! Science has even confirmed what “Ferris Bueller” already knew: In order to make the most out of life, you need to step back from it once in a while.

When we actually […]

Talking Baseball Assists Aging Adults with Dementia

For many aging adults some of their strongest childhood memories may be linked to playing baseball, talking about games, or going to see their favorite Major League team with their father.

UConn researcher Michael Ego, professor of human development and family studies at the Stamford campus, is studying the effectiveness of using baseball as part […]

‘Ninja drug’ that destroys Alzheimer’s by targeting harmful toxins in brain being developed

But unlike other potential treatments, the new method does not have damaging side-effects.

Gene Williams, of proMIS — the Canadian firm behind the drug — said: “This antibody is like a ninja. It comes in and targets only the toxic parts.

“The brain has an amazing rewiring, restoring, regenerative capacity.

“So if you tip the […]

Dementia: New substance improves brain function

The protein amyloid beta is believed to be the major cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Substances that reduce the production of amyloid beta, such as BACE inhibitors, are therefore promising candidates for new drug treatments. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has recently demonstrated that one such BACE inhibitor reduces the amount of […]

‘Rust’ could be the real Alzheimer’s trigger

Cleaning out “rust” from the brain could be a way to slow and even prevent Alzheimer’s, say researchers. The finding pinpoints iron as a potential driver of the degenerative disease.

Previous research has long linked Alzheimer’s to a build-up in amyloid protein fragments in the brain that are normally broken down in healthy brains. But […]

Local business aiming to help caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death among Americans, but some recent studies indicate it may be the third for adults over the age of 65.

Experts from the Alzheimer’s association suggest more than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia and approximately 200,000 of those who suffer […]

10 Best Weed Strains For Alzheimer’s Disease

Usually, the cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) steals the show in the medical cannabis arena. And most of the time, that attention is well-deserved. CBD is a highly reactive, yet non-psychoactive chemical. It can treat inflammation, pain, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. Alzheimer’s, too, is a neurological disorder. But it’s also somewhat of an exception to the […]