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Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging
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Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has recently issued a tipsheet for Alzheimer's caregivers on Coping with Agitation and Aggression. As the tipsheet points out, agitation and aggressive behavior ar...

Alzheimer's Disease Deaths Increase Significantly Over Last Decade
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Alzheimer's Disease Deaths Increase Significantly Over Last Decade

New statistics released on Tuesday, March 19, from both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer's Association have found that both the risk of dying from Alzheimer's Disease and the actual number of Alzheimer's death...

Obama Administration Releases New National Plan to Fight Alzheimer's
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Obama Administration Releases New National Plan to Fight Alzheimer's

On May 15, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius released the final version of the first comprehensive National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, which has been under development pursuant to the National Alzheimer’s...

The WHO Issues Wake-up Call: Dementia Cases Will Triple by 2050, More Family Caregiver Support Needed
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The WHO Issues Wake-up Call: Dementia Cases Will Triple by 2050, More Family Caregiver Support Needed

The World Health Organization (WHO) on April 11 issued a substantial new report showing that, with populations aging, cases of dementia are expected to more than triple worldwide by 2050. The report calls upon nations to address this pandemic-size pub...

Johns Hopkins Releases 2012 Memory White Paper
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Johns Hopkins Releases 2012 Memory White Paper

Johns Hopkins has released the updated 2012 Edition of the Johns Hopkins Memory White Paper. According to a recent Johns Hopkins Health Alert, the Johns Hopkins Memory White Paper compiles in simple language for consumers some of the best and latest ...

Legal and Financial Issues for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A NIA Resource List
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Legal and Financial Issues for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A NIA Resource List

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), provides a useful resource list with excerpts and links to multiple sources of information on Legal and Financ...

September is World Alzheimer's Month; September 21 is Alzheimer's Action Day
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September is World Alzheimer's Month; September 21 is Alzheimer's Action Day

The Alzheimer's Association has declared September "World Alzheimer's Month," a time to place focus on Alzheimer's and the need for public education, awareness and action to combat the "Alzheimer's Epidemic" that threatens the world as populations age....

Nearly 15 Million Americans Are Now Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's Disease - A Number Rapidly Growing
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Nearly 15 Million Americans Are Now Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's Disease - A Number Rapidly Growing

Nearly 15 million Americans are now caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease or another form of dementia, an increase of 37 percent over the number at this time last year, according to a significant new report released by the Alzheimer's Associa...

Podcast: Caregiving tips for Alzheimer's disease
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Podcast from the Mayo Clinic Dr. Glenn Smith, a Mayo Clinic neuropsychologist, who specializes in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, gives caregiving tips on how to deal with the challenges of difficult issues faced by seniors. Listen»

Alzheimer's Association - Classes & Workshops
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The Alzheimer's Association offers classes and courses on many aspects of Alzheimer's Disease and caregiving for Alzheimer's patients. The classes are offered at a nominal fee, and are held locally in many different cities where the Alzheimer's Associ...

Tips for Diffusing Anger in Those with Dementia
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Tips for Diffusing Anger in Those with Dementia

From The Mayo Clinic. Useful tips for caregivers on how to diffuse anger frequently experienced in those with Alzheimer's and other Dementias.

Books on Family Caregiving for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease
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Books on Family Caregiving for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease, Bibliography prepared by the Alzheimer's Association. Here is a useful list of selected books on family caregiving for persons with Alzheimer's Disease, recommended by the Alzheimer's ...

The 36 Hour Day
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The 36 Hour Day

The 36 Hour Day, by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins. The first thing to read is this classic book on caregiving for Alzheimer’s patients. This is a must-read, and the best place to start. This book has been a Godsend to thousands of caregivers...

NIHSeniorHealth: Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's - Table of contents
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Good basic information on caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease, from the National Institutes of Health: Senior Health Website. Includes links to information on Home Care, Residential Care, Safety Issues, Frequently Asked Questions, Videos, an...

Caregiver Guide - For the Alzheimer's Caregiver
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Caregiver Guide, Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center, by the National Institute on Aging, U.S. National Institutes of Health. Very good comprehensive links to additional information and resources for Alzheimer's caregivers.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care: Tips, Activities, and Long-Term Options
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Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care: Tips, Activities, and Long-Term Care Options. Helpful information for Alzheimer's caregivers from HelpGuide.org, a nonprofit organization. View Info:

How to Deal with Challenging Alzheimer’s Behaviors
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Learn More about How to Deal with Challenging Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Behaviors in our Section on How to Deal with Difficult Elderly Behavior.

Alzheimer's care: Simple tips for daily tasks
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Alzheimer's care: Simple tips for daily tasks, by the Mayo Clinic Staff. Tips for Alzheimer's caregivers by the Mayo Clinic. Alzheimer's caregiving takes patience and flexibility. To reduce frustration, consider these tips for daily tasks — from...

Alzheimer's Caregivers, NIH Senior Health Website
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Alzheimer's Caregivers, NIH Senior Health website, National Institute on Aging, U.S. National Library of Health, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Good links to information and resources for Alzheimer’s car...

Alzheimer's Disease: Questions and Answers for Caregivers
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Alzheimer's Disease: Questions and Answers for Caregivers - Cleveland Clinic.

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Do Nuts & Olive Oil Help Preserve Cognitive Function?
May 22, 2013 Posted by Editor
Do Nuts & Olive Oil Help Preserve Cognitive Function?

A new study by researchers at three universities and several medical institutions in Spain has linked a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts to better cognitive function in older people than was associated with a low-fat diet, after a...

Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds
January 23, 2013 Posted by Editor
Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins has found an apparent link between hearing loss and accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. The new study was published on January 21, 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical...

Exercise Better than Mental or Social Activity to Protect Brain from Shrinkage, Study Finds
November 1, 2012 Posted by Editor
Exercise Better than Mental or Social Activity to Protect Brain from Shrinkage, Study Finds

A new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Association of Neurology, has found that among older adults, regular exercise was more effective in protecting against brain shrinkage than were either mental or social activities....

Decline in Physical Abilities Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia Among 90 Year Olds, Study Finds
October 26, 2012 Posted by Editor
Decline in Physical Abilities Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia Among 90 Year Olds, Study Finds

A new study published in the Archives of Neurology, a journal of the American Medical Association, as found that among people age 90 and older, poor ability to walk, stand up, maintain balance, and perform other physical tasks was associated with signi...

Johns Hopkins Health Alert Features 8 Key Strategies to Protect Your Memory
August 17, 2012 Posted by Editor
Johns Hopkins Health Alert Features 8 Key Strategies to Protect Your Memory

A new Health Alert published by Johns Hopkins Medicine features 8 key strategies that the Johns Hopkins experts say can help preserve your memory and brain health. The Health Alert, entitled "How to Protect Your Memory and Brain Health," is writte...

In-Home Care Coordination Helps Those with Dementia Stay at Home & Improves Care, Johns Hopkins Study Finds
July 24, 2012 Posted by Editor
In-Home Care Coordination Helps Those with Dementia Stay at Home & Improves Care, Johns Hopkins Study Finds

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that an in-home care coordination program for people with dementia improved their quality of care, quality of life, and ability to remain in home. The study, which was presented July 18 a...

Strength Training & Walking Improve Brain & Memory, New Studies Find
July 17, 2012 Posted by Editor
Strength Training & Walking Improve Brain & Memory, New Studies Find

Four new studies presented on Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference taking place in Vancouver, Canada, have clarified the key role that different types of exercises can play in improving mental functioning in older adults and s...

Alzheimer's Community Care Announces 2012 Alzheimer's Educational Conference May 31-June 1, 2012
May 5, 2012 Posted by Editor
Alzheimer's Community Care Announces 2012 Alzheimer's Educational Conference May 31-June 1, 2012

Alzheimer's Community Care (ACC), a non-profit organization, has announced that its 2012 Alzheimer's Educational Conference, with Keynote speaker Dan Rather, will be held May 31 and June 1, 2012, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in Palm Beach...

Eating Blueberries & Strawberries May Slow Mental Decline with Aging, Study Finds
April 26, 2012 Posted by Editor
Eating Blueberries & Strawberries May Slow Mental Decline with Aging, Study Finds

A new study of over 16,000 women over age 70, conducted by researchers at Harvard, has found that eating an average of one-half cup of blueberries or one cup of strawberries per week, over decades, may slow the memory and cognitive decline associated w...

Lifting Weights May Improve Seniors' Brain Function More than Walking Does, New Study Finds
April 25, 2012 Posted by Editor
Lifting Weights May Improve Seniors' Brain Function More than Walking Does, New Study Finds

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, found that among a group of senior women, aged 70-80, with mild cognitive impairment, those who engaged in 6 months of twice weekly resistance tr...

Physical Activity of All Kinds Lowers Risk of Alzheimer's, Study Finds
April 19, 2012 Posted by Editor
Physical Activity of All Kinds Lowers Risk of Alzheimer's, Study Finds

A new study published in the journal Neurology, has found that physical activity, including both exercise and activity from daily chores or activities of daily living, may significantly reduce a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, even if ...

Skin-Cancer Drug Gives Preliminary Hope of Alzheimer's Treatment, Mouse Study Finds
February 14, 2012 Posted by Editor
Skin-Cancer Drug Gives Preliminary Hope of Alzheimer's Treatment, Mouse Study Finds

A new study conducted on mice has found that a skin-cancer drug may give hope of providing a future effective treatment for Alzheimer's dementia. The study found that the drug, bexarotene, successfully cleared away the amyloid plaques in the brain tha...

Eating Too Much May Double Risk of Memory Impairment, Mayo Clinic Finds
February 13, 2012 Posted by Editor
Eating Too Much May Double Risk of Memory Impairment, Mayo Clinic Finds

A new study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic has found that older adults who ate a high-calorie diet (2,142.5 to 6,000 calories per day) had more than double the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) of those who ate 1,526 calories per day or less. ...

Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer's Research & Caregiver Support
February 8, 2012 Posted by Editor
Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer's Research & Caregiver Support

The Obama Administration announced yesterday a $130 million increase over two years in the funding for Alzheimer's Disease research, as well as $26 million of additional funding for support of caregivers and other programs toward the prevention and tre...

New Study Questions Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment in New Alzheimer's Diagnosis Guidelines
February 7, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Study Questions Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment in New Alzheimer's Diagnosis Guidelines

A new study published February 6 in the Archives of Neurology, a journal of the American Medical Association, has questioned the wisdom of a new expanded definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a precursor stage to Alzheimer's disease. The new ...

Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer's
February 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer's

sources indicate that up to 15 percent of people with MCI develop Alzheimer's within one year. However, studies have shown that preventive interventions such as exercise and changes in lifestyle factors can be effective in staving off mental decline. ...

Fruits, Vegetables & Fish May Keep Brain from Shrinking, New Study Finds
January 9, 2012 Posted by Editor
Fruits, Vegetables & Fish May Keep Brain from Shrinking, New Study Finds

People with diets high in several vitamins found in fruits and vegetables or in omega 3 fatty acids found in fish are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people whose diets are not high in those nutrients,...

What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility
November 21, 2011 Posted by Editor
What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

Here is a wake-up call: Medicare may cover costs of a needed rehabilitative or skilled nursing care facility after a hospitalization of at least three nights -- but only to a limited extent. As explained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ...

Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes
May 10, 2011 Posted by Editor
Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released an investigation report on May 4, 2011, finding that among elderly Medicare patients in nursing homes, dangerous antipsychotic drugs are being given predom...

Social Isolation/ "Constricted Life Space" Linked to Higher Risk of Alzheimer's for Seniors
May 3, 2011 Posted by Editor
Social Isolation/

A recent study has found that seniors who were housebound or socially isolated (scientifically called "constricted life space") were significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer's Disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment, and experience more rapid cognit...

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