September 21, 2014

Thought of the Week: Heart That Gives

Saying with photo of grandmother with grandaughter, "The heart that gives, gathers"

Namenda Sued for "Forced Switch" of Alzheimer's Drug

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Namenda® is a drug widely used to treat mid-stage Alzheimer's. The government is suing Namenda's manufacturer to stop them from discontinuing their current formulation. See why.

Avoiding Slips & Trips for Falls Prevention Day

People with dementia fall 60% more frequently than other adults. Falls Prevention Awareness Day is a great time to learn ways of preventing falls at home or in a care facility. Help raise awareness and reduce fall-related injuries.

Start Alzheimer's Prevention Now

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Study after study shows healthy living can lower Alzheimer's risk. Apparently, people are listening. Today's healthier lifestyles have been accompanied by a drop in the rate of Alzheimer's. Watch The Wall Street Journal catch an interview with a new wave of adults changing their lifestyles to keep Alzheimer's away.

International Experts Tackle Dementia Questons

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How do we tackle Alzheimer's and dementia? How will patients, their caregivers and health care systems cope? Global entities, such as the OECD, are getting together to address these issues. See what international experts have to say in this engaging television interview.

Too Many Drugs Due to Clinical Inertia

“It’s much easier to start someone on a medication, and keep them on, than to take them off," says Professor Tjia. "It’s called clinical inertia.” Find out how most advanced dementia patients receive too many expensive, questionable medications.

Mothering Mother

BOOK OF THE WEEK - 5 STARS:

Compelling and heartrending, this personal memoir chronicles the author's decision not to put her mother, who has Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, in "one of those homes", and relays the far-reaching consequences this choice has on her entire family. Detailing the challenges of reversing roles and learning to mother one's own mother, this refreshing and entertaining autobiography will help those struggling with their own decisions on eldercare in the home.

Carol holds back nothing, offering up hilarious moments alongside the poignant. This story will inspire and hearten anyone facing the challenges of caregiving, helping them face each day with purpose, joy, and hope.

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September 20, 2014

Are Doctors Over-diagnosing Memory Problems?

Diagnosis
Watch out for a new trend, led by the USA and England, to screen older people for minor memory changes. (These memory changes are diagnosed as Mild Cognitive Impairment [MCI], sometimes referred to as "pre-dementia".) Read The British Medical Journal's warning on how this is leading to a 23% overdiagnosis rate and potentially harmful treatment.

September 18, 2014

The Bad & The Good in Statins & Alzheimer's

Statins
Statins certainly seem to lower the risk of Alzheimer's. On the other hand, they can sometimes cause temporary memory loss, which does go away if one stops the statins. Find out what you need to know to strike the right balance.

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