Sixty percent of Alzheimer's patients wander and get lost. This can lead to injury, harm and even death. By Alzheimer's Reading Room It is important to note that 60 percent of Alzheimer's patients are likely to wander. One of the things...Show More Summary
We learned later that my father had become disoriented and lost. He did not have a cell phone, remember the name of the hotel where he and my mother were staying, remember my mother’s cell phone number, and he was unable to ask for help. Show More Summary
Researchers have linked excess tau protein in the brain to the spatial disorientation that leads to wandering in many Alzheimer's disease patients. The findings, in mice, could lead to early diagnostic tests for Alzheimer's and point to treatments for this common and troubling symptom.
Urinary tract infections can be the "bane" of our existence as caregivers of people living with dementia. UTIs are a cause of great distress. This happens to caregivers because urinary tract infection often go undetected even by doctors and physician assistants. Show More Summary
Research in mice points to better understanding of how the structure of nerve cells in the adult hippocampus may deteriorate, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders, report researchers.
While most of us haven't heard of astrocytes, these cells are four times as plentiful in the human brain as nerve cells. Now, a team led by researchers has found that astrocytes, which perform many indispensable functions in the brain, can take on a villainous character, destroying nerve cells and likely driving many neurodegenerative diseases.
The use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like drugs was associated with a 20 per cent increased risk of stroke among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, shows a recent study. Benzodiazepines were associated with a similar risk of stroke as benzodiazepine-like drugs.
Immunotherapy has proven to be effective against many serious diseases. But to treat diseases in the brain, the antibodies must first get past the obstacle of the blood-brain barrier. In a new study, a research group describes their development of a new antibody design that increases brain uptake of antibodies almost 100-fold.
Concussions accelerate Alzheimer's disease-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are at genetic risk for the condition, research has found. The findings show promise for detecting the influence of concussion on neurodegeneration.
Bats – like humans – can find their favorite fruit stand (or coffee shop) even when it’s hidden behind a screen or tall buildings. How? Scientists have now identified the neurons that point bats in the right direction, even when their destination is obscured. This could aid understanding of some aspects of Alzheimer’s.
Dementia patients might not be able to tell you how they feel, but if you pay close attention you will learn by their behavior how they are feeling. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room In a recent email conversation with me Rudy Tanzi wrote, people only remember how you make them feel... Show More Summary
Adams suggests that caregivers might benefit from support groups that “normalize” the emotions that surface while watching the dementia of their loved ones worsen. They can also be taught caregiving and decision making skills and given “permission” to increase pleasurable activities and engage in self-care. Show More Summary
Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. The increased risk was highest at the beginning of antidepressant use and remained elevated even 4 years later.
English research into the experience of dementia in farming and farming families, and its impact on their businesses and home lives, has identified four areas of concern which need to be addressed if dementia in the countryside is to be managed. It is the first time that research has addressed this issue in farming.
In a new research report scientists used mice to show that chicoric acid, a component of chicory, may help reduce memory impairment associated with Alzheimer's disease, and possibly other neurodegenerative diseases.
Scientists have discovered a molecular pathway in the brain that may help provide answers to long-term memory problems in the elderly and aid researchers in identifying drug-based therapies to prevent dementia.
Cells in the brain responsible for detecting and fixing minor damage renew themselves more quickly than previously thought, new research has shown.
Activities for dementia patients like a "life map" can calm anxiety and agitation, and often provide a connection to a happier time. They can also help promote memories and conversation. Alzheimer's Reading Room Our reader Jocelyn Delaney wrote: " As I mentioned in a previous post, Paul has a Life Map on his wall, along with lots of other photos. Show More Summary
Elevated levels of the brain protein tau following concussion are associated with a longer recovery period and may serve as a marker to help physicians determine an athlete's readiness to return to play, report investigators.
Alzheimer's disease tries to kills everyone it comes in contact with. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room If allowed to do so Alzheimer's will try to kill everyone it comes in touch with. A person living with Alzheimer's dies from complication from Alzheimer's disease. Show More Summary