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Watch: Managing Personal Care for Persons with Dementia

Helping a person with dementia maintain his or her appearance can promote positive self-esteem. As the disease progresses beyond the early stages, choosing and putting on clothes can be frustrating for the person with dementia. They may not remember [...]

Imitating Could Help Those with Dementia Relearn Actions

A recent study evaluated the effects of mimicry on people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and found that imitating may be just as helpful to seniors living with Alzheimer’s as it is for babies and toddlers learning to speak. [...]

Maintaining Independence As You Age

Independence, what does it mean to you? If you were to ask a child, a teenager, an adult and a senior citizen they will all most likely give you very different answers to what independence looks like through their [...]

What is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia is fairly common, ranking number two after dementia caused by Alzheimer’s Disease.  Vascular dementia occurs when the brain is deprived of enough blood carrying the oxygen and nutrients it needs. The lack of blood causes brain damage [...]

Watch: Dr. Michael Mason Answers Common Caregiver Questions

Dr. Michael Mason, MD, TPMG with Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center spoke at the Alzheimer's Association "Understanding Memory Loss" education conference in Fairfield last month. He answered common caregiver questions related to current treatments options and diet efficacy in [...]

Early Alzheimer’s Could Be Caused by Haywire Immune System

Many Alzheimer’s drug trials target toxic beta amyloid plaques commonly found in the brains of people with the disease. A recent study eyed a new target – a healthy immune system gone haywire in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. [...]

How Dementia’s Financial Costs Take a Toll on Families

It’s no secret that Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia bring emotional hardship to families and loved ones. But, the Alzheimer’s Association – who surveyed 3,500 contributors of care – found that dementia’s financial costs also take a toll [...]

Wheelchair Exercises for Seniors

Older seniors can benefit both mentally and physically from weekly exercise, especially those who are wheelchair bound.  Having limited mobility does not need to stop you from reaching your fitness goals. While many fitness routines for seniors utilize balls, bands [...]

Make the Most of Your Time with a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Don Mesibov, author of “Appreciating Mom through the Lens of Alzheimer’s,” shares the experience he and his family had with Alzheimer’s disease, and discusses how he turned the time into an opportunity to celebrate, grow and learn from life. Learn [...]

How Recovering Long Term Memories May Be Possible

A study from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has produced evidence that contradicts the common belief that memories are stored at the synapses of brain cells. Their findings suggest that recovering long term memories from Alzheimer’s disease or [...]

Alzheimer’s Could Be Prevented by Maple Syrup, Researchers Say

A recent study has found that Alzheimer’s could be prevented by a compound in maple syrup, finding that the product stopped the folding of two toxic proteins associated with the disease. Other researchers are cautioning against using maple syrup to [...]

Caring for Aging Parents: You’re Not Alone

Transitioning an aging parent can be difficult, but know that you are not alone. The number of available options such as in-home caregiving and senior care facilities continue to expand as our nation becomes increasingly aware of the rising [...]

Without a Cure, Alzheimer’s Could Bankrupt Medicare

While Alzheimer’s research has come so far in a few short years, there is still a long way to go. With studies focused on finding potential disease prevention methods and discovering new links to Alzheimer’s, researchers are hopeful that a [...]

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