Dementia - Alzheimer's and other types

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

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

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

For Better Or Worse: Caring For A Spouse With Dementia

In my early years of being in home care, I received a phone call from an elderly man looking for help with his wife, who had moderate to severe dementia.  He explained to me that he owns a cattle farm, which requires a lot of his attention, but his wife’s condition was demanding so much

Alzheimer’s Disease and Violent Behavior

One of the major challenges in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease can be coping with the personality changes that often occur, and these changes can include aggression and violence.  Alzheimer’s aggression most often flares up during the later stages of the disease, many times for no apparent reason. This behavior can include

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

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

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

Bringing Dementia to Light

  Many don’t realize that dementia is a term that actually refers to a symptom of a variation of brain disorders which can include Alzheimer’s. Caring for a loved one with dementia can be overwhelming and life changing to say the least. However, like most everything in life that we are dealing with, understanding the

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