5.7 million American seniors, or 10 percent of those over age 65, are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease – and that number is anticipated to increase to as much as 14 million by the year 2050. The race is on as experts scramble to uncover a cure or at least an effective treatment option.Read More
Those of us who follow the latest research in Alzheimer’s disease are all too familiar with the troublesome amyloid plaques thought to be linked to Alzheimer’s. But could it possibly be that those plaques are actually helpful?
Neuroscientists Rudolph Tanzi and Robert Moir, of Harvard’s largest teaching hospital,Read More
It can be a little intimidating to know exactly what to say and how to act when spending time with a loved one with Alzheimer’s. And, sadly, because of some of the inherent facets of the disease, many times family and friends feel so uncomfortable that they avoid visiting the person at all.Read More
“I don’t have dementia There is nothing wrong with me!”
If you have ever heard a loved one with dementia frustratingly communicate this or perhaps a similar sentiment, you may have believed the person was just in denial and unwilling to accept a tough diagnosis. The stark reality is,Read More
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,Read More
The world of Alzheimer’s disease research is expanding, and now there’s a way every one of us can help hasten the discovery of a cure. Through an online game, Stall Catchers, thousands of people are devoting time to sorting through slides of mouse brains to aid researchers in determining the effectiveness of treating cerebral blood flow problems to reverse memory loss.Read More
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.Read More
Tossing and turning, overthinking and worrying are all too common in older adults who struggle with falling – and staying – asleep. Other than feeling a bit foggy the next morning, however, and feeling the need for an afternoon nap to catch up on lost sleep, the repercussions have seemed minimal.Read More
As the saying goes, there’s no place like home; but what do you do when someone you love and care for insists on going home – when that person already IS home? When you are providing care for a loved one with dementia, unfortunately this discussion can be a common occurrence.Read More
There may be no faster way to turn a conversation at a Boston summer barbecue from joy to gloom than if you were to bring up the topic of dementia. Whether you’ve witnessed it firsthand or know only about this disease through what you’ve read, typically the experience has involved negative connotations.Read More