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Reminiscing Can Be a Powerful Drug for People Living with Dementia

Many people around the country are now recording or even videotaping their elders as they tell stories about their past. This works for some. However, you need to know your loved ones. Not everyone wants to be on stage, so to speak, and preparing to record, even discretely, could take the spontaneity and fun out […]

3 Important Tips to Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

We all want to live the best life we can and a big part of that revolves around our brain and our memory. Teresa Strasser met up with Dr. Dale Bredesen to talk about his new book The End of Alzheimer’s and he’s sharing three important tips to help prevent the progressive disease.

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Symptoms of Dementia: Study Finds Inability to Smell Peppermint Linked to Disease

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with an annual research budget of around $480 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. But the “holy grail” of contemporary dementia research is determining the risk factors that make people more likely to develop the disease, neurologist Dr. Ronald Petersen tells Newsweek.

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Getting Support: The Challenges Caregivers Face and How to Overcome Them

When people become parents for the first time, they encounter a new world with demands and stresses and joys that they never anticipated.

Becoming a caregiver is a bit the same way. There may be a stronger closeness and love that develops, but there will also be stresses that are unexpected and require new […]

French method emphasizes humane care for dementia patients

A caregiving method developed in France for people with dementia is growing in popularity among nursing homes in Japan, where drastic improvements in the condition of both residents and staff have been reported.

Humanitude, which focuses on respecting each person’s dignity and independence, is considered effective in developing a smooth relationship between people working at […]

New brain visualisation of Alzheimer’s at different ages holds out hope for faster diagnosis and treatment

As Alzheimer’s disease is associated with a wide variety of symptoms, usually observed through patients’ behaviour and actions, effective and timely treatment has proven elusive. An EU-funded project has contributed towards the capture of images which show the changes a brain with Alzheimer’s undergoes, at different ages, with promise for future diagnostics and treatment.

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Dementia challenges dignity, control at the end of life

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease for a family member – or yourself – is one of the most devastating of all medical pronouncements. The disease eventually robs its victims of the most basic of functions, often leaving them unable to speak, dress, or eat. The disease can progress over many years, so questions such as […]

U.S. doctors take official stance against euthanasia

The American College of Physicians argues medicine’s goal is not to control the manner and timing of death.

Amid increasing attempts to legalize euthanasia at the state level, the nation’s second-largest network of physicians officially spoke out against it last week.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) wrote in a position statement published Sept. 19 […]

Duke study suggests earliest sign of Alzheimer’s could be linked to eye problems

The Duke study is currently an unfunded, grassroots study, but they are enrolling patients now who are diagnosed with cognitive impairment including Alzheimer’s Disease.

Fekrat said she hopes the study will lead to new therapeutic interventions, including new drugs.

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Horses that help soothe dementia patients and caregivers

The couple, in their 70s, are participating in Connected Horse’s “Equine Guided Workshops for People Living with Early Stage Dementia and Their Care Partners.” The four-week, 2 ½-hour workshops have as their goal a community embedded extension of the nonprofit’s programs and research. Participants led by trained equine handlers and expert facilitators engage in grooming, […]