Alzheimer’s Articles

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Honor a Caregiver for National Caregiver Month

Sutton Homes Memory Care would like to join others in honoring families during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Family Caregivers Month.

Visit Alz.org to honor them by sharing your personal tribute message today.

Nobel Research Could Bring Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Research

Nobel Prize for Medicine

Nobel Prize for Medicine

Intriguing new research may open the doors to understanding Alzheimer’s progression, hopefully leading the way to a cure. This according to an exciting article published on reuters.com entitled Nobel discovery opens window onto Alzheimer’s disease by Ben Hirschler.

The article begins:

The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body’s internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, opens an intriguing new window onto dementia…

That is the belief of British-American researcher John O’Keefe, winner of the 2014 prize alongside Norwegians May-Britt and Edvard Moser, who plans to take his research to the next level as director of a new brain institute in London.

“We’re now setting up to do much more high-tech studies where we hope to follow the progression of disease over time,” he told reporters…

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Could memory lapses be a sign of dementia?

A recently published article on CNN.com entitled Early memory lapses may be sign of dementia, by Jen Christensen, contains information about the latest research into dementia and some of its early risk factors. Highlights of the article include:

  • Research: People who feel they are forgetting more things may be more prone to dementia
  • Smokers who have memory complaints slide into more serious conditions earlier
  • Women who took hormone replacement therapy staved off dementia longer, study says

The article begins:

At least once a week a patient will come into Dr. Thomas Loepfe’s busy geriatric clinic in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, with a worry. She will tell him she’s been misplacing her glasses lately, or he’ll say he’s concerned about losing the car keys.

“Age is the biggest risk factor for forgetfulness, so this can be perfectly normal,” Loepfe said. As a geriatrician in the Mayo Clinic Health System, his patient population…

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Avoid 5 Common Mistakes When Hiring a Caregiver

Caring for a loved one at home can be the right option for some families but having the right support is important. Here are some tips that might help make the search easier.

This recently published article in US News & World Report Money Section, is entitled 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Caregiver for Your Parent.

The article gives 5 common mistakes people make when hiring a caregiver, why they make them and how to avoid them.

It begins:

You can’t do it all, and when you realize that, you either hire someone else for the task or spread the work around. Or you just let it go.

But if part of doing it all is taking care of an aging parent, you can’t let it go, and spreading the work among family and friends may be impractical or impossible. Depending on the type of care your parent needs, you may not be able to do much, even if you have the time. So if you’re considering hiring an in-home caregiver for your mother, father or a relative, here are five common mistakes you should avoid.

1. Putting it off

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This woman became a caregiver for a dear friend

An article in the Huffington Post tells the story of how Marie Marley became a caregiver to a dear friend and how she learned that “love matters above all else”.

Read the full article: What I Learned About Love as a Caregiver to an Alzheimer’s Patient.

Helpful Article about Activities for People with Dementia

The article Activities For People With Dementia, by Jennifer Buckley, recently published on Caregiver.com contains a helpful, short list of easy and enjoyable ways to spend quality time with, and carry on conversation with people with dementia.

Some of these helpful suggestions include: reminiscing conversation using audio or visual aids to stimulate memory, singing and dancing and shared activities that stimulate the senses.

The article begins:

It is universally recognized that elderly people with dementia lose their short term memory first and their long term memory last. For example, they often remember people and events from their earlier years, but have difficulty remembering what they ate for breakfast the day before.

A while back, a family member asked me “what do you do with someone who can no longer carry on a normal conversation?” The short answer is “Relax and have fun.” The long answer would require writing a whole book. A short summary of some activities include the following…

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‘Ballroom For The Brain’ dance program provides many benefits for Orlando Alzheimer’s Patients

This wonderful article in the Orlando Sentinel, entitled Dance party stimulates minds, bodies of Alzheimer’s patients by Susan Jacobson, highlights this fun and healthy dance program for Alzheimer’s patients. The program, called “Ballroom for the Brain” helps seniors to keep their minds and bodies active, as well as have a great time!

Watch Video of Dance Class

Ballroom for the Brain Dance Class Video

To quote the article:

The weekly dance party is designed to stimulate the minds and bodies of people in the early stages of dementia. Saturday’s class was the final in a series that began June 21. Another series is scheduled for October.

“It’s a failure-free environment,” said Julie Shatzer, director of programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, who co-founded Ballroom for the Brain with John Davis, president of the Orlando chapter of USA Dance.

Ballroom dance requires participants to remember steps, move to music, make split-second decisions, trust a partner and communicate nonverbally — skills that proponents hope will help people with the disease.

“You’re touching, relating to someone; you have to manage complex steps,” Davis said…

“You’ve never seen anyone frowning on a dance floor,” she said. “Everyone is happy.”

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Inspiring and Sweet Article About Wife’s Devotion to a Husband With Dementia

How this wife unlocked her husband’s dementia is the title of a lovely article, by Jody Gastfriend on http://www.rl.tv/. Written in the words of Henry Oppenheim’s child the article tells of his unique personality and the wife who found inspiring and creative ways to remain connected to her beloved husband during his mental decline.

The article begins:

A year ago last March, my father, Henry Oppenheim, passed away after a long battle with dementia. My siblings and I used to joke that my dad had nine lives. There were so many close calls: a urinary tract infection that ravaged his body and a cardiac arrest that weakened an already damaged heart, to name two.

But somehow, despite the assaults he suffered to both body and mind, my father had a strong will to live.

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Latest Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures

2014 Alzheimer’s Disease  Facts and FiguresCheck out the latest facts and figures published by the Alzheimer’s Association, in the new report: 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. The report includes a special report on women and Alzheimer’s disease.

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