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How to Help Two Parents With Alzheimer’s Disease

Having one parent diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is difficult for family caregivers but when both of your parents have Alzheimer’s, the burden more than doubles. The help you were receiving from one parent is replaced by the challenges of caring for both. How to Help Two Parents With Alzheimer’s Here is some advice on how […]

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Advocates turn DC purple to #ENDALZ

Would you travel across the country to talk to your representatives? That’s exactly what 60 advocates from Northern California and...

Fighting Alzheimer’s through the arts…and cars

Written by Kacie Thomas Helen Borley of Modesto loved sewing. She used to let her children pick out the patterns...

Volunteers are the heart of the Alzheimer’s Association

Did you know that the Alzheimer’s Association was started by volunteers? In 1980, a group of family caregivers and individuals...

Blood Protein Changes Could Predict Alzheimer’s Years Before Symptoms

As researchers press for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, many are focusing on early detection and prevention. Early detection of Alzheimer’s can not only mitigate symptoms but potentially slow the progression of the disease as well. It can also help families prepare for a future with Alzheimer’s, outlining future caregiving plans. One new study utilizes a […]

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Insulin and Alzheimer’s Disease

Nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes, a disease that makes the body less able to convert sugar to energy. According...

How Memory Loss Can Be Caused by Over-the-Counter Medication

Some common medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, have a certain property that can contribute to memory loss and mild cognitive impairment. Learn more about these drugs, how they may accelerate cognitive decline, and what to do if you or a loved one is taking one of these drugs and experiencing memory loss.  Memory Loss Caused by […]

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5 Fun Activities to do with the Grandkids this Summer

  There are few things sweeter than the bond between Grandparents and their grandchildren. The memories made at grandma and grandpa’s house are memories that can last a lifetime. Have fun this summer joining generations together with good times and … Read More

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Backyard Granny Pods: The Exciting Elderly Care Option

Granny Pods also known as MedCottages are an exciting housing alternative to nursing and other senior care facilities. Now mom can be just steps away while having her own private, comfortable and safe space to live in. Basically, a Granny Pod … Read More

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A Long Ride on The Longest Day

Roehl Caragao knows the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on families. He has worked in hospice care since 2004, and along...

How Alzheimer’s Could Be Type 2 Diabetes

The link between Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes continues to grow stronger. A new study presented at the Society for Neuroscience shows that the disease may actually be the late stages of type 2 diabetes. Learn more about how Alzheimer’s could be type 2 diabetes. The Correlation Between Alzheimer’s and Type 2 Diabetes A new study done by researchers […]

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Proactive Coping Strategies for Caregivers

  Alzheimer’s caregivers frequently report experiencing high levels of stress. It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved...

Why People with Alzheimer’s are Unable to Recognize their Loved Ones

As Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia advance, the ability to recognize the faces of loved ones diminishes. As it does, family relationships often diminish as well and many people with Alzheimer’s become isolated and lonely. A new study sheds more light on why facial recognition is impaired in Alzheimer’s, bringing new understanding to […]

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The Father’s Day Gift Dad Really Wants

Father’s Day  June 19th 2016 Give the greatest gift of all: time…with you! Father’s Day is just around the corner, impress pops this year with a gift that will create memories and warm his heart…time spent with you! . Thinking … Read More

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Alzheimer’s: A Real Love Story…

TRUTH: Alzheimer’s is more than memory loss. It is common knowledge that Alzheimer’s robs people of their ability to remember, but other truths about the disease remain unknown. This June, we are debunking harmful misconceptions that keep people from seeking a diagnosis and that reduce access to needed resources and support services. Uncover the truths [...]

Books for Children about Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Fine artist Kathryn Harrison completed a series of artworks and books related to caregiving and dementia, in response to her personal experience with her mother’s disease. Today, she shares more about her experience with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as 12 books for children about Alzheimer’s and dementia that she would recommend to other families on this […]

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Dementia Documentary Answers “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?”

A new documentary that aired on PBS took a closer look at the fight against Alzheimer’s and followed researchers in efforts to stop the disease in its tracks. Learn more about the documentary featuring global efforts to halt the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia Documentary: “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” The Alzheimer’s epidemic is looming, waging […]

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Free Physician App Helps Mobilize Dementia Patient Care

Today, Alzheimer’s is the 5th leading cause of death in California, with 590,000 individuals in our state currently suffering the...

Blood Test Detects Onset of Alzheimer’s a Decade Early

The newest blood test to detect Alzheimer’s may be able to predict the disease 10 years before symptoms occur with 100% accuracy. Researchers from the National Institute on Aging are focusing on a protein in the brain called IRS-1 that may signal the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s. Learn more about this study and what it means for […]

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Tips for the Emerging Sport: Pickleball!

Pickleball is an emerging racquet sport catching the attention of seniors as a fun, low impact sport. So what the heck is Pickleball and does it have anything to do with pickles? This sport is the perfect hodgepodge of  ping … Read More

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How to Help Aging Parents with their Pets

Beloved pets are part of the family, so what happens when your loved ones can no longer care for them due to aging? There are options available to help you and your elderly family member make a decision that is … Read More

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Local ABAM Events in June

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month — an opportunity to join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s. When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down. But the health of your brain plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working, and playing – even sleeping. There are lifestyle habits that you can adopt to maintain or potentially improve your health as you age. These habits, spanning four categories — physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity, and social engagement — can help keep your body and brain healthy and potentially reduce your risk of cognitive decline.

Drop in Body Temperature Linked to Dementia

It is normal for people to experience a drop in body temperature with age, but a new study has found that drops in temperature can lead to more than just a chill. A study from Canada found that by increasing body temperature, they could slow the production of beta-amyloid and improve the memory in mice. […]

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Watch: The How To’s on Pain Management

Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk has over twenty years of experience in providing medical care to the elderly. She is board-certified in Internal medicine, Geriatric medicine and Palliative care medicine. Dr. Landsverk is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also currently the Medical Director at Silverado Senior Living in Belmont and has been a Hospice Medical Director. As a geriatrician, she collaborates with local physicians to address the needs of vulnerable elders to alleviate pain, agitation and discomfort through geriatric and palliative care techniques. Dr. Landsverk is a graduate of Stanford University and trained at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard University.

Crowdfunding for Alzheimer’s

As the Alzheimer’s epidemic looms, funding for research to fight the disease remains hard to come by. The lack of research funds has lead some researchers to turn to alternative means to fund their work, including using crowdfunding sites. Learn more about how researchers are using crowdfunding sites and why some researchers caution against it. […]

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Creating a Playlist for Mom: 30 Songs of Yesteryear

Creating a playlist for Mom or Dad is a great way to bring back old memories and show them you care. Music allows older adults to reminisce as they listen to songs of yesteryear. If your parent has cognitive impairment … Read More

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Save a Life: How to Become CPR Certified

Becoming CPR certified can be quick, easy to learn and affordable if you know your options. You never know when someone may need CPR, having the know-how to resuscitate someone in need is a pretty cool feeling. Did you know … Read More

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How Can Pets Benefit Alzheimer’s Patients?

No matter how unpredictable the day has been, I can count on one absolute constant in my life.  When I walk in the door, my sweet Yorkie will greet me as if we’ve been apart for months instead of hours! Bad or good days, rain, or shine, my little buddy will be beside himself with […]

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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 how to dress or may be overwhelmed with the choices or the task itself. A person with dementia may also forget how to comb hair, clip fingernails or shave. He or she may forget what the purpose is for items like nail clippers or a comb. In this video, Heather Gray, MA, Family Support Coordinator with the Alzheimer's Association provides helpful tips for managing personal care.