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Researchers Discover Where the Earliest Signs of Alzheimer's Occur in the Brain

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have for the first time shown where in the brain the earliest signs of Alzheimer's occur. By Alzheimer's Reading Room The discovery could potentially become significant to future Alzheimer's research...Show More Summary

My Father with Alzheimer's Stares at Us and it Feels Creepy

Think of your father as being swept away by currents of memories that cause him to appear as if he is staring at you, but he may instead be reliving powerful memories. By Rita Jablonski Alzheimer's Reading Room Our friends at Alzheimer's...Show More Summary

Bill Gates Invests $100 Million into Alzheimer's Research

Bill Gates is investing $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund, a venture capital fund that brings together industry and government to seek treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Gates will also invest an additional $50 million in start-up...Show More Summary

Afraid of Making the Wrong Caregiver Moves?

Behind every good caregiving intention is usually a fair amount of love and caring. By Paula Spencer Scott Alzheimer's Reading Room Are you sometimes nagged by the question, Am I getting this right? What is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s...Show More Summary

Alzheimer's World -- Two Circles Trying to Reconnect

It takes lots of thought, hard work, and the development of a new mental construct of communication and behavior to understand Alzheimer's disease. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room It takes lots of thought, hard work, and the development of a new mental construct of communication and behavior to understand Alzheimer's disease. Show More Summary

What is the Difference Between a Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Facility?

How is a nursing home different from an assisted living? What in the world is “Memory Care Facility”? How can I figure out which is best for my loved one? How are they different? By Rita Jablonski Alzheimer's Reading Room Families who...Show More Summary

When Dotty Went to Heaven

Dotty left me with a feeling of enormous Joy. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room Dotty went to Heaven shortly after 5 AM on Friday, May 25.I was there. When Dotty went to Heaven I had my arm around her, my cheek on her cheek, and I gently whispered in her ear Go into the Light. Show More Summary

Can Alzheimer's Caregiving Get Easier?

The effort it takes to foster contentedness in my mother, who lives in the late middle stages of Alzheimer’s Disease – that seems easier to me. Easier than last month. Easier than last year. What’s changed? By Pamela R. Kelley Alzheimer's...Show More Summary

Alzheimer's Podcast - I Think About Alzheimer's Caregivers Daily (Health, Education)

Caring for a person living with Alzheimer's disease isn't easy. It is a 24 hour, 7 days a week job. Alzheimer's caregiving is not a science, it is an art. The art of great love. The art of unconditional love. Related Content Alzheimer's...Show More Summary

Google Street View Helps Dementia Patients to Take a Ride Down Memory Lane

BikeAround pairs a stationary bike with Google Street View to take dementia patients on a virtual ride down memory lane. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room This new technology really blew me away. I could see this working very effectively...Show More Summary

Vaccine and Oral Medication Being Investigated to Stop Alzheimer’s Years Before It Begins

The goal of the study described below is to find an effective medication or vaccine for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. By Alzheimer's Reading Room The researchers are seeking adults 60 to 75 years of age with normal cognition who are interested in participating in a new study. Show More Summary

The True Meaning of “Person Centered Care”

Is person centered care really being used in assisted living and memory care facilities? Or is it just another empty "buzzword"? By Carole LarkinAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe death of 8 residents in a Florida rehabilitation center; and,...Show More Summary

Alive Inside - Find Your Songs

Meaningful music has a place in our caregiving strategies, and often becomes an active expression and conduit of our love. By Pamela R. Kelley Alzheimer's Reading RoomMy mother, Audrey, had a famously tin ear. She’d be the first to tell you that she couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. Show More Summary

How to Survive a Hurricane with an Alzheimer's Patient

Six of my most important tips for dealing with an Alzheimer's patient during a hurricane. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room I took care of my mom, Dotty, for eight and a half years, 3,112 days. My mom lived with Alzheimer's disease.We survived 2 hurricanes together including monster hurricane Wilma. Show More Summary

Stories from the Past

Comments and outbursts from Alzheimer's patients are often laced with truth and fiction. Or, they may be factually accurate but chronologically scrambled. By Elaine C Pereira Alzheimer's Reading Room Fact or Fiction in Someone with Dementia? People living with dementia often drift back in time and live in the past. Show More Summary

The Importance of Relationship Change in Dementia Care

The role of change in dementia care is about discovering what your loved one likes to do; and then, figuring out how to guide them. When Alzheimer's strikes, when we receive the diagnosis, we enter what can best be described as a period...Show More Summary

This Land is Our Land

When we work with people who are living with dementia, we often are privileged to hear stories from their past, stories of how they came to America or how their parents or grandparents immigrated to this land. By Tom and Karen BrennerWe...Show More Summary

1 of the Worst Emotions of Alzheimer's - "Guilt"

Guilt may be the most annoying of the "seven deadly emotions" of Alzheimer's caregiving. It's right up there with resentment, worry, fear, anger, loneliness, and grief. By Paula Spencer ScottAlzheimer's Reading RoomGuilt is especially bothersome because it tends to be the least rooted in reality. Show More Summary

I Finally Realized Alzheimer's Was the Enemy, Not My Mom

I wondered if instead of complaining, could I replace the "bad" patterns of behavior that come along with dementia, patterns that were driving me crazy, with "new" more positive patterns of behavior? Always Be Kinder Than You Feel By...Show More Summary

3 Brilliant Ways to Communicate with an Alzheimer's Patient

Even when Alzheimer's is at an advanced stage you can get through to the patient using these simple communication techniques. By Carole B. Larkin Alzheimer's Reading RoomI had an ah ha moment reading this Parade Magazine article (which I edited for length). Show More Summary

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