Do Something About It!

January 8, 2018

If you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s and feel overwhelmed with hopelessness, participating in a clinical trial might be an opportunity to feel like you are doing something about it. Clinical trials are a necessary step for the healthcare industry to find better treatments and understand new tools for the prevention of any disease. […]

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Home for the Holidays – Seven Things to Look for When you Visit your Mom

December 14, 2017

  If you’re visiting your mom or dad this holiday, you might notice certain changes. Yes, they are getting older (you are, too!), but use the opportunity to look out for those things that signal a change in their well-being and ability to live independently. Perishable Foods Take a look in the refrigerator. Are there […]

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Understanding Hospice

November 5, 2017

Many think that hospice means giving up and accepting death. A different way to look at it is that we want to focus on comfort, to have a better quality of life for as long as possible. Hospice is typically paid for Medicare or Medicaid. So while it’s a personal decision, it’s important to know […]

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Understanding Lewy Body Disease

October 30, 2017

  One of the most aggressive types of dementia in terms of symptoms and challenges for the caregiver is Lewy Body Dementia, or LBD.  It is named for the German researcher, Dr. Lewy, who discovered the abnormal protein deposits (“bodies”) in the brains of people suffering from this disease. There are two types of LBD, […]

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Helping your Loved One Manage Expenses

October 26, 2017

Managing the expenses of your loved one while you’re caring for him or her can be overwhelming. Now, you are responsible for two times as many expenses. Theirs and yours. Here are some helpful tips on how to manage the financial headaches and provide your loved ones the care they deserve. Have a Power of […]

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Not Getting Older… Getting Better!

October 24, 2017

There are lots of things we can do to help ourselves age well. Many of these activities are enjoyable, like sports and community events. But were you aware that your participation in such activities also promotes health and well-being? As we age it is common that we spend more time alone. But, sadly, being isolated […]

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Alzheimer’s Research Breakthrough

October 22, 2017

Scientists in Israel recently concluded that a certain protein exists at very low levels in brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers. The researchers say that the protein in question is known as SIRT-6. It exists at low levels in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. SIRT-6 is fundamental for the repair of DNA. DNA deteriorates through […]

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Keeping an Eye on Alzheimer’s

October 20, 2017

It has long been the case that the only diagnosis for Alzheimer’s was via autopsy. Then, researchers found that they could do PET scans and draw cerebrospinal fluid to check for Alzheimer’s biomarkers. Both of these, however, are expensive and invasive. They are not practical methods to evaluate our risk for Alzheimer’s. Now, scientists have […]

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Ways to Avoid Caregiver Stress

October 11, 2017

It’s a fact that when you care for someone else your own health and well-being may suffer. Your focus is on them, not you. Sadly, the one who is doing the caring may even predecease the one receiving care. Here are some ways to avoid caregiver burnout Stay positive. It sounds trite, but it helps. […]

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Seven Signs of Alzheimer’s

September 24, 2017

Everyone forgets something now and again. It’s a fact that we do so a little more as we age. When must we consider the dreaded “A” word… Alzheimer’s? A formal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can only be done by a medical expert. But here are some common warning signs that what you are experiencing warrants concern. […]

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