Researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and tau tangles in the brain -- classic markers of Alzheimer's disease. The Mediterranean...Show More Summary
It is safe to say that less is more when communicating with a person who is deeply forgetful - a person living with Alzheimer's or related dementia. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading RoomOne thing I realized when I was caring for Dotty...Show More Summary
I know that people sometimes think I am mean because I won’t help Bill button his shirt and I won’t let anyone feed him. It’s just that I know Bill and I know that he feels better about himself when he can do these things on his own.I wish there was someone I could talk to about this. Show More Summary
"So many people get hung up on thinking, 'You're not the person I used to know.' That objectifies the person and distances you from them. It's saying, 'You're a problem' instead of, ' We're in this new place together." ~ Bob DeMarco,...Show More Summary
Symptoms of depression are associated with more rapid cognitive decline among older adults with dementia, according to a study investigating the link between symptoms of depression and dementia onset. By Alzheimer's Reading RoomThis research really caught my attention. Show More Summary
Early detection could be a powerful tool to manage Alzheimer’s. Early detection gives people time to try different medications or interventions that may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. We have reached the point where cognitive tests are able to detect early Alzheimer’s in people without symptoms. Show More Summary
Caregivers experience significant amounts of physical, emotional and financial stress. Those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s face even more emotional stress than other caregivers. According to an article on Womenshealth, “Caregivers...Show More Summary
If you hired someone to care for a person living with dementia you would probably need to give them training. Not with this wonderful care giving tool. The parrot is good company for your loved one, and will keep them talking. He might not look like much in the image. Show More Summary
Caregivers Don't Give Themselves Enough Credit You Are Wonderful Accept it Let me make this simple, you are accomplishing more with your life than most people could ever imagine. It is my belief that everyone, whether they know it or...Show More Summary
"She lived a life so completely contrary to the common expectation conjured by the word Alzheimer's." ~ Pamela R. Kelley I'm bringing up the video below of my mother because I think its important. I'll explain that below.My mother and I lived with Alzheimer's.Yes, we lived and I mean - lived our life. Show More Summary
I'm so distraught over my father. He has a Peg tube in, and hasn't had any solid food for over 2 months. Our reader Denise wrote: I'm so distraught over my father. Has a Peg tube and hasn't had any solid food for over 2 months.He asks me all the time for food. Show More Summary
A new way to stimulate regions deep within the brain using electrodes placed on the scalp has now been developed by researchers. This approach could be used to perform noninvasive deep brain stimulation on patients with brain disord...
The role of microglial cells in neurodegenerative disease is not fully understood. But new research results suggest that stimulation of this arm of the immune system might well delay the onset of such disorders.
Scientists conducted a vast microglia survey, revealing links to neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric illnesses.
We may have to rethink how we improve memory, suggests a researcher. She has found our brains have particular states known as formation and recall. Optimal formation is best achieved when accompanied by novelty whereas familiarity leads to a recall state, hindering the goal. Show More Summary
A new type of neuron that might play a vital role in humans’ ability to navigate their environments, report investigators. The discovery is an important step towards understanding how the brain codes navigation behavior at larger scales and could potentially open up new treatment strategies for people with impaired topographical orientation like Alzheimer’s patients.
I wish I could shout this from the mountain top: when Alzheimer's or dementia present, get the thyroid checked. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room About a year ago, I read an article on hypothyroidism and posted it to this blog....Show More Summary
A researcher has successfully redesigned a portion of MabThera, an FDA-approved drug used to treat certain autoimmune diseases and types of cancer, into a new molecule to treat ALS, outlines a new report.
A molecular mechanism in the prion protein, a protein responsible for neurodegenerative diseases, has now been uncovered by researchers, which may explain why nerve cells degenerate in these disorders. The findings may one day lead to better therapies and treatments for these diseases
By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomDeath rates from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) increased by 55 percent between 1999 and 2014, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC).The number of Alzheimer’s deaths at home also increased from 14 percent to 25 percent. Show More Summary