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How to Have ‘The Talk’ With Aging Parents About Their Guns

As it stands right now, there are no set restrictions or screening tools for older adults with dementia or other cognitive impairments and their ownership of guns. While seniors should still have the right to own the guns they’ve probably had their whole lives, it is not a bad idea to sit down and have […]

Astrocyte Findings Suggest New Options Against Alzheimer’s

The pace of research into Alzheimer’s Disease and other cognitive disorders is accelerating as the population ages and more people are stricken by them. Dementia is still not clearly understood on a medical level. One of the hopes of ongoing research is to be able to find biological causes that can be treated to produce […]

Brain Injury May Increase the Risk of Early Alzheimer’s

Research out of UT Southwestern has produced medical evidence that suffering a traumatic brain injury can increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Patients who had suffered such injuries were autopsied after their deaths, and the data shows a clear correlation between previous traumatic brain injury and then developing Alzheimer’s later in life. Medical professionals […]

Retaining Your Own Sanity as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

As human beings we are typically emotionally driven and yet emotionally responsive when reacting to life’s challenges. Having a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s creates an added stack of challenges that others may not ever experience in a lifetime. The article discusses the challenges Ellen Gerst (the author) faced while managing her mom’s dementia. As […]

I Have Alzheimer’s, Now What?

When a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease shows up, it changes everything. For you, for a loved one; whomever the cognitive decline may have struck, nothing’s the same when the mind begins to retreat and leave us struggling to deal with increasingly simple things that turn tough and complicated to navigate. As much as Alzheimer’s is […]

The Hidden Role Informal Caregivers Play in Health Care | Scott Williams

Healthcare should be more than simply managing strictly medical issues. Every sick person, everyone who has an injury or illness, is still a human; and attached to their collection of ailments is a person who’s likely worried, confused, maybe even scared. Being sick, needing a hospital, can be a daunting experience for anyone. Some patients […]

Does Your Mom or Dad Wander

One of the biggest fears for family members is worrying about whether their mom or dad will wander away from home and get lost. Since dementia affects the memory, thinking and reasoning parts of the brain, this is not an unreasonable fear.   Here are some tips to help keep your mom or dad safe. […]

Interventions That May Slow Memory Loss in Early Alzheimer’s Disease

While research remains ongoing into Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases, doctors and medical researchers do know that early detection is key to being able to provide what limited help medicine currently can for easing the symptoms of the disorders. For this reason, a lot of Alzheimer’s research has focused on early detection, so as to […]

New Blood Test Useful to Detect People at Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

Research into Alzheimer’s has increased in recent years, but there is much that is still not understood about the disease. Part of the issue is, in some cases, the cognitive decline can’t be recognized and diagnosed until it’s already well under way. At that point, it can be too late for doctors or patients to […]

Understanding the Caregiver Burden

Caregivers entering  Stage 2  are normally providing more than 10 hours of care per week. As mentioned last week, the caregiving duties are starting to turn into a ‘job’ and your time is getting limited. This is where the stress typically starts to set in. The major emotions associated with  Stage 2  are guilt, frustration, […]