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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

New system for forming memories

Until now, the hippocampus was considered the most important brain region for forming and recalling memory, with other regions only contributing as subordinates. But a new study finds that a brain region called entorhinal cortex plays a new and independent role in memory. Show More Summary

When Is the Best Time to Start Hospice Care?

Hospice provides compassionate care for people facing a end of life illnesses or injury. Hospices use a team-oriented approach to medical care, and pain management. Hospice care also provides emotional and spiritual support tailored to the needs of both patient and family caregiver. Show More Summary

I Decided to Talk About My Own Caregiver Life Today

I lead a purposeful and meaning life while caring from my mom. My life was rich in spirit and I have no regrets. Today I decided to write about me.Back when I was caring for my mom Jane Gross wrote an article about the Alzheimer's Reading Room on the New Old Age blog on the New York Times website. Show More Summary

1 Thing Caregivers Need to Understand About People Living with Dementia, They Are Deeply Forgetful

The tendency is to focus in on what Alzheimer's patients can't do; rather than, on what they can do. This focus on what dementia patients cannot do brings on feelings of hopelessness. New Alzheimer's caregivers and the general public often assume that the situation for Alzheimer's and dementia patients is hopeless. Show More Summary

How I Learned to Deal with Difficult Behavior that Comes with Alzheimer's Disease

I had to learn to deal with her brain. To accept that mom's brain works different. This different brain requires me to adjust my communication. It required me to learn new and different ways to deal with the behaviors that come with Alzheimer's disease. Show More Summary

Early Signs of Dementia, Falls, Changes in Balance and Gait

"Understanding the traditional hallmarks of Alzheimer's, including cognitive impairment and memory loss, are important; however, these study results also illustrate the significance of understanding that, in some people, changes in gait and balance may appear before cognitive impairment". Show More Summary

Diabetes drug shows promise for safely treating, detecting Alzheimer's disease

Treatment with the diabetes drug amylin (or pramlintide) safely improves learning and memory function in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and reduces the AD pathology in their brains. The findings also may lead to the development of a blood test for AD.

Rudy Tanzi Curing Alzheimer's with Science and Song

I wanted to bring this important TEDx video into your awareness - Curing Alzheimer's with Science and Song. In the video below you will hear from Rudy Tanzi - one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world. Rudy is best known for his groundbreaking Alzheimer's disease research. Show More Summary

How to get an Alzheimer's patient to go to Doctor

One of the most frustrating problems that Alzheimer's caregivers face is, How to get a person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia to go to the doctor. How to communicate with dementia patients By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading Room Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading Room Email: Before I get into the details let me mention this. Show More Summary

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