Dementia - Alzheimer's and other types

Caregiving for Dementia

Caregiving for someone with dementia can be extremely difficult. According to the Mayo Clinic there are more than 3 million cases a year and the numbers are increasing. What is Dementia? Dementia has no boundaries; it can affect people from any walk of life and has been diagnosed in people as young as their 30’s.

Healthy Aging – 7 Ways to Love Your Brain

Healthy aging includes ensuring a healthy brain so that your entire body ages well. Brain Facts The Brain Shrinks with Age – as we age our brains shrink; especially the frontal lobe and the hippocampus (see above image). These areas are used for complex mental activities, planning, basic learning, and memory. White Matter – the

What’s it like to have Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s awareness is important not only for understanding what someone who has the disease is going through, but in trying to understand the best way to cope together. The Alzheimer’s Association has an excellent “tour inside the brain of Alzheimer’s” that can help you to better understand the disease. Know The Facts  1/3 of those

Real Life Wins An Oscar With Dementia Awareness

The 2015 Oscars will be remembered for bringing early onset dementia to the big screen & helping creating awareness. The Alzheimer’s Association® helped to bring the book “Still Alice,” by Lisa Genova, into theaters by providing expert advice about the disease to its filmmakers. The movie tells the real-life story of a Alice, played by

Music and Dementia

Music and Dementia, Activating the Mind Music has a way of connecting with the mind; it has been found to be extremely helpful and calming to those with dementia. Numerous studies have shown that utilizing music to work with those with dementia in a variety of ways is extremely successful; including helping caregivers to calm

Newly Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s – What’s In The Future

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is a moment that defines your life, your existence, and most of all your future. Like any disease, every person will react differently however; it’s not only how YOU react when diagnosed but how those around you react also. It is frightening for all involved; but you must keep lines of

Could Alzheimer’s and Decreased Sense of Smell Be Linked?

Alzheimer’s has long been associated with decreased sense of smell or olfactory senses. But should the decreased sense of smell be used as part of diagnosing Alzheimer’s or dementia, especially with early onset? We’re finding more and more confirmation that this is ONE of the symptoms we can use to determine if someone is in

Facing Dementia or Alzheimer’s – You Are Not Alone

  The Road of Dementia Anyone who has experienced Alzheimer’s or dementia knows the face, the look, the loss. Many times, the signs go unnoticed until later in life; well after the Alzheimer’s or dementia has been diagnosed. There is an amazing documentary available called The Genius of Marian which was shown on POV via

Could Cognitive Impairment be Heart Related?

New research may help us to understand the connection between heart health and brain health. In a study conducted at the University of Texas, they looked at 2,000 adults with plaque build-up in their arteries. While this plaque build-up was a precursor to obvious heart health issues, they were surprised to find that there is

How to Talk to Someone With Dementia

Conversations with Elderly Loved Ones With Dementia How do you have a conversation with a parent or other elderly loved one with dementia? This is a person whom you probably have known most of your life; yet the dementia makes them seem like a shell of the person you once knew. This awkwardness can often create a