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Dementia Care The Constipation Problem

What happens if a patient with Alzheimer's has constipation? What can you do? By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room It not unusual for me to receive emails asking me how to deal with bowel movements and constipation in persons living with Alzheimer's and dementia.Here is a good example of a recent email I received from our reader Julieta. Show More Summary

Dementia Care Should A Caregiver be Truthful or Kind?

In Alzheimer's care is it more important to be truthful and cruel; or to be kind? By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room I had an interesting and wonderful conversation with Susan Frederickson, the Caregiver Program Specialist, for the Area Agency on Aging of the Permian Basin (Midland, Texas). Show More Summary

Aerobic exercise preserves brain volume and improves cognitive function

Using a new MRI technique, researchers found that adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who exercised four times a week over a six-month period experienced an increase in brain volume in specific, or local, areas of the brain, but adults who participated in aerobic exercise experienced greater gains than those who just stretched.

Gram-negative bacteria may influence Alzheimer's disease pathology

For the first time, researchers have found higher levels of Gram-negative bacteria antigens in brain samples from late-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients. Compared to controls, patients with Alzheimer's had much higher levels of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and E coli K99 pili protein. Show More Summary

Changes in Balance and Gait Can Predict Decline in Memory and Thinking

Did you know that changes in gait and balance can be an early sign of memory decline, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia? Alzheimer's Reading Room Walking is a milestone in development for toddlers, but it’s actually only one part ofShow More Summary

Problems with Balance, Walking, Falling an Early Sign of Dementia

Balance and walking problems often present before the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's or dementia. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room When I first came to Delray Beach to take care of my mother, she was falling down all the time.Once, I found her laying in the parking lot and she could not get up. Show More Summary

60 Minutes The Alzheimer's Laboratory

An extended family in Colombia with a genetic mutation causing Alzheimer’s may help scientists prevent the disease someday. By Alzheimer's Reading Room Antioquia, Columbia (capital city, Medellin) is home to the largest concentration of people in the world who carry a rare gene that makes them 100 percent certain to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Show More Summary

Food knowledge is resilient

A new study analyzes the lexical-semantic deficits of the food category in patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. The study shows that knowledge about food is preserved more than other categories of stimuli, even in the case of severe syndromes.

Imaging technique measures toxicity of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's proteins

A new imaging technique has been created that makes it possible to study why proteins associated with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases may go from harmless to toxic. The technique uses a technology called multi-dimensional super-resolution...Show More Summary

Dementia Care 10 Practical Suggestions for Coping With Grief

Dementia caregivers and those who care for persons living with Alzheimer's are especially vulnerable to grief; and, if they are not careful these feeling can overwhelm them. By Marie Marley Alzheimer's Reading Room All Alzheimer’s caregivers will sooner or later experience grief. Show More Summary

Turning back the aging clock

A new approach to removing cellular damage that accumulates with age has been developed by scientists. The technique can potentially help slow or reverse an important cause of aging, say researchers.

The Best Dementia Care Book for Caregivers of a Person Living with Dementia

The Common Sense Guide to Dementia for Clinicians and Caregivers provides an easy-to-read, practical, and thoughtful approach to dementia care. By Carole Larkin Alzheimer's Reading Room The Common Sense Guide to Dementia for Clinicians and Caregivers by Dr. Show More Summary

Alzheimer's Care 14 Holiday Communication Tips for Caregivers and Families

Alzheimer's and dementia care are difficult during the Holidays. The big question - Should you take your loved one living with dementia to Holiday celebrations outside the home? Our memory care expert Dr. Rita A. Jablonski-Jaudon says yes. Show More Summary

Thanksgiving Dinner Dilemma, Should Mom Attend?

Thanksgiving Dilemma - a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives which are usually mutually exclusive. By Marilyn Raichle Alzheimer's Reading Room As Thanksgiving approaches, we again have...Show More Summary

Discovery of neurotransmission gene may permit early detection of Alzheimer's disease

A new study has identified a gene coding for a protein that turns off neurotransmission signaling, which contributes to Alzheimer's disease (AD).

The Frightened, Angry, Anxious, Mean Dementia Patient

Don't get angry at the actions of someone that is living with dementia. Instead start asking yourself why are they reacting the way they are? How are they feeling (them, not you) By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room Bored, frightened, bewildered, apprehensive, anxious and angry. Show More Summary

New insight into how Alzheimer's disease begins

A new study offers important insight into how Alzheimer’s disease begins within the brain. The researchers found a relationship between inflammation, a toxic protein and the onset of the disease. The study also identified a way that doctors can detect early signs of Alzheimer’s by looking at the back of patients’ eyes.

Dementia Care The Cumulative Acts We Perform Each Day Make the Difference

Dementia care is the art of nurturing, and caring for, a person living with dementia By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room The cumulative acts we perform each day can make a difference in the success of our Alzheimer's and dementia care efforts.I starting thinking about this in earnest as soon as I made it to Alzheimer's World. Show More Summary

Targeting brain chemistry to beat disease

Thanks to advances in big data and medicinal chemistry, scientists can screen thousands of molecules in the search for protein structures leading to new drugs for brain diseases.  

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