A new study has determined that senior citizens who do not get enough sleep during the dream stage at night are more likely to develop dementia as they get older. The study explains that, by studying REM, they were able to determine that lower amounts of REM sleep are directly associated with the succumbing to […]
A recent article in a mental health publication suggests that some of the cognitive, behavioral and emotional symptoms of dementia might in some patients actually be “delayed onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD). PTSD symptoms include vivid remembering of a traumatic event (like military service, accidents, assaults), along with strong emotions like those experienced in […]
When behaviour is so different from the norm, caregivers are often left scratching their heads. What should they do? How should they react? What is going on in their loved one’s head? The cause for outbursts may not always be obvious but often it is due to discomfort or pain, anxiety or insecurity, or a […]
Is it possible to predict if someone will have Alzheimer’s disease or not? Researchers have been studying the link between navigational skills and neurodegenerative disease to enhance our understanding and ability to treat the disease. Alzheimer’s gets diagnosed based on medical history, genetic risk factors, and how well the person does on tests that measure […]
There is lot of misconceptions about the Alzheimer’s risks of men versus women. It has been commonly assumed that men were more susceptible to the disease, but it turns out that Caucasian women, whose genetic composition determines they are at a higher risk, actually have a higher chance of developing the disease then Caucasian men […]
All of us can become fixated on an issue or very upset about an event. But for an individual with dementia, the ability to move past the event or let go of the issue can be very difficult. That is why it is so important to be able to redirect conversations and actions.
This article discusses a study which sought to find a link between vascular health and the potential to develop dementia later in life. The results of the study were consistent and did not seem to vary depending on race (the study included both white and black individuals). Focusing on individuals between 45-64 years of age […]
There is a new study that documents how brain cells go bad in people that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. If you look at the brain scan of a person that has Alzheimer’s Disease, then you will notice that there are some abnormal deposits of amyloid beta protein as well as tau protein. There are also […]
Recent research has identified dancing as having a significant positive effect on age-related decline in both mental and physical activities. We know that the brain shrinks as we age. And lower brain size is related to memory problems and diseases like Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
The world of technology is rapidly evolving, especially in the medical field. Researchers have now learned how to make an algorithm that allows machines to determine and predict different people’s changes in memory and cognitive abilities. Now you may ask, what does this mean for me? Well, if you have a history of Alzheimer’s, dementia, […]