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An Elephant Never Forgets…And May Be Able to Help Us Understand Alzheimer’s

The old adage is true: elephants truly do have excellent memories, even in their old age. To illustrate, they’re able to recollect and go back to very particular locations many years after visiting them, regardless of age. Just what exactly can we discover from elephants that might result in improving our own brain functioning as we age?

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Posted in: Aging Care Issues, Alzheimer's Care, Benefits of Boston Home Care, Boston Home Care, Brain Health, Dementia Care, Medical News, Mental Health, Senior Safety, Senior Support 

Are We Missing the Mark? Neuroscientist Shares Radical Thinking on Alzheimer’s Cause.

Thomas Edison’s infamous words ring true today in the race to find both the cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Each day seems to bring hopeful news of yet another clinical trial, followed soon after by the disappointing news that results failed to meet expectations – and so the cycle continues.

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How to Handle the Holidays with a Family Member with Dementia

Looking at the holidays through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can look far from merry and bright. Family caregivers might be stressed with care duties, and the interruption to routine can cause more distress for a senior struggling with the impact of dementia.

However, with a little creative thinking and modification of expectations,

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Can Computerized Games Really Enhance Cognitive Functioning?

The Internet provides us with instantaneous answers to any question we can imagine, educational opportunities beyond what we could have dreamed of a generation ago, socialization enhancement, and so much more. One of the more fascinating online developments for those of us in the senior care industry has been brain training programs – the computerized memory games and puzzles that promote enhanced cognitive functioning.

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Is Arresting Persons with Dementia the Best Solution for Disruptive Behavior?

It is improbable – a nice, elderly, sometimes confused grandma with dementia being handcuffed and placed under arrest. Even so, that very scene is happening at an astonishing rate among the elderly, over 100,000 of them, based on the latest stats – an increase of almost 30% in the past decade.

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The Cancer Treatment that May Also Help with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

What if there was a medication that could treat not just one, but three devastating diseases: leukemia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s? Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center are hopeful that nilotinib fits the bill. Currently approved for use in those with one type of leukemia, a small trial is causing great excitement in its promising results to rid the brain of toxic proteins.

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Posted in: Aging Care Issues, Alzheimer's Care, Boston Home Care, Brain Health, Cancer Home Care, Parkinson's Care, Senior Technology 

Are Electrode Implants Paving the Way to Stroke Recovery?

For the first time ever, a treatment option that’s become increasingly popular in Parkinson’s patients – deep-brain stimulation – is being tested on a stroke survivor. Involving the implantation of an electrode that stimulates a particular area of the brain, the anticipated response will be a reversal of the paralysis so often encountered following a stroke,

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Posted in: Aging Care Issues, Alzheimer's Care, Brain Health, Disease Care, Senior Technology