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Family History of Alzheimer’s May Alter Gene That Increases Risk of Alzheimer's

Does family history play a role in Alzheimer's disease? By Alzheimer's Reading Room I get asked this question all the time - if my dad or mom had Alzheimer's am I going to get it?The exact causes of Alzheimer's disease are not yet fully understood. Show More Summary

How to Understand and Foster Self Esteem in People Living with Dementia

Self esteem relates to confidence in one's own worth or abilities. By Marie Marley and Teepa Snow Alzheimer's Reading Room Self-esteem is defined as “a confidence and satisfaction in oneself.” Synonyms include:self-respect, self-regard, pride, dignity, morale, self-confidence, and self-assurance. Show More Summary

Are You a Good Dementia Detective?

If you are a good Dementia cop, you probably learned that your Alzheimer's patient is not guilty of a crime. If you are a bad Dementia cop, you are probably upset all the time by the behavior of your Alzheimer's patient. It is pretty...Show More Summary

What Are the Unique Challenges Men Face as Caregivers for People Who Have Alzheimer’s?

Despite the rise in the number of male caregivers, relatively little has been written about them. Most of the literature focuses on the role of women as caregivers. “Our culture still sees male caregiving as a novelty,” states Paul Spencer Scott, in an excellent article on Show More Summary

Mother's Day History, the Mother's Day Song, and Quotes

Happy Mother's Day Mother's Day was first established in the United States by Anna Marie Jarvis. Mother's Day became a recognized holiday on May 8, 1914.My mother, Dotty, was born about 20 blocks from the famous Wanamaker's department...Show More Summary

A Simple But Powerful Dementia Care Game KISS

These dementia brain games can be enjoyed by two people, a large group, or young children can play these game with their grandparents. Sometimes, the answers we seek are right under our nose, sometimes, the simplest things can be the...Show More Summary

Crash Course in Dementia Caregiving - Birmingham, Alabama

Crash Course in Dementia Caregiving For readers in the Birmingham, Alabama area. Our expert Rita Jablonski-Jaudon will be giving this 3-hour talk designed for family caregivers of persons living with dementia. The focus will be on concrete...Show More Summary

Are Silent Seizures a Symptom of Alzheimer's Disease?

While I was taking care of my mom, Dotty, I often worried about seizures. Silent Seizures. My mother often suffered from severe headaches particularly in the morning. This was an ongoing problem that would come and go. The research below...Show More Summary

Confessions of an Alzheimer's Caregiver

To be a caregiver for a person living with dementia is not an easy task. I am sure anyone reading the Alzheimer's Reading Room knows this by now. However, the issues aren’t just the actual "taking care".In addition to the difficulties...Show More Summary

Did You Know Dementia Patients Get Agitated When Left Alone?

Are you dealing with an Alzheimer's patients that is mean and ornery? Or, sometimes mean and hard to deal with? Did you know that past a certain stage dementia patients cannot be left alone? Not even for a very short period of time.Show More Summary

Can we turn the crisis of dementia care into something good?

One of the last crises we may face in our lives is caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia. Winston Churchill famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”These words ring especially true when we are older...Show More Summary

Mirror’s Illusionary Effects in Dementia

One’s mirror image can be very disturbing to someone with dementia “Why aren’t you catching the ball?”Seeing one’s image reflected in the mirror can elicit many and varied responses. The baby regards his/her face with a smile about age two. Show More Summary

How to Select the Best Hospice Care Provider

The website of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization defines hospice care as follows: “Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, hospice care involves...Show More Summary

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Each Easter Eve I look up into the sky and imagine the millions of caregivers from all around the world. Dotty and the Easter Bunny 2007 Each year at this time I look up at the sky at night and imagine all of the caregivers from around the world. Show More Summary

Human cognitive map scales according to surroundings

A new study refines our understanding of a human skill -- the ability to instantaneously assess a new environment and get oriented thanks to visual cues.

10 Things Every Alzheimer's Caregiver Needs to Know and Discuss with Their Doctor

The American Geriatrics Society has published a list of ten things doctors and their patients should consider, know and understand. I think it is important for every caregiver of a person living with Alzheimer's, or a related dementia, to discuss these 10 issues with the doctor. Show More Summary

Alzheimer's Reading Room Wins Award, Best Blog WEGO Health

We are please to announce that the Alzheimer's Reading Room and Bob DeMarco have won the WEGO Health award for Best Blog. From WEGO Health "Bob’s blog is the number one source of information in Alzheimer’s care, dementia care, and for the care of dementia patients. Show More Summary

A backup copy in the central brain: How fruit flies form orientation memory

Insects have a spatial orientation memory that helps them remember the location of their destination if they are briefly deflected from their route. Researchers have examined how this working memory functions on the biochemical level in the case of Drosophila melanogaster.

Lasers: Key to unlocking memory

Memory involves the successful flow of neurotransmitters from neuron to neuron. When memory breaks down, researchers know there must be a gap in this flow but currently don't know where to start in terms of bridging it. A new method uses near infrared light to shed light on memory loss conditions.

Salicylic acid, a widespread ingredient in pain relief medications, promotes nasal mucosa colonization

An international research team has now shown that this multifaceted compound can also have an unpleasant side effect. Salicylic acid forms complexes with iron and lab tests showed that the iron limitation strongly promotes formation of biofilms by Staphylococcus aureus. Show More Summary

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