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Tuesday, August 21

Why is Alzheimer's Unofficially Called "Type 3 Diabetes"?

MAYO CLINIC VIDEO:

Researcher's at Mayo Clinic, America's top research center, asked, "Is Alzheimer's triggered by a form of diabetes in the brain?" See Mayo Clinic's campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, and Jacksonville, Florida, participate in a multi-institution clinical study, testing whether a new insulin nasal spray can improve Alzheimer’s symptoms.

10 Ways to Use the Power of Photos for Dementia Care

PHOTO POWER - REMINISCENCE THERAPY:

Photos and photo albums make for a fantastic activity. They easily reduce social isolation and depression, providing comfort to people with dementia. Check out these helpful tips and lists.

Monday, August 20

Veronica

MUSIC VIDEO:

Superstar Elvis Costello sings about his grandmother's Alzheimer's and the tapestry of her full, rich life. Co-authored with Paul McCartney, it reached #1 on Billboard. One viewer commented, "This must have been so hard to do. The fact that he can turn this into a song people are happy to hear is a masterwork of his craft. How many other people have decided to be closer to their mother while she is still alive because of this song? It's an amazing thing." (English & Spanish subtitles)

Better Brain Draining Improves Alzheimer's

NEW RESEARCH:

Improving brain vessel-drainage in the lab enhanced cognitive abilities. Disrupting it increased buildup of Alzheimer’s proteins. Learn why researchers see this as a potentially good way to combat the cognitive decline seen in aging and Alzheimer's.

Calming & Comforting Dementia

NEW TEEPA SNOW VIDEO:

Distress and agitation come with dementia's loss of control. Learn some simple hand-holding and support techniques that are a big help.

10 Signs of Alzheimer's Vs. Regular Aging

VIDEO:

Too much worrying about getting Alzheimer's results in stress. That ups the risk of Alzheimer's. Get a good balance. Learn the difference between a change that is a warning sign versus a change that simply means a person is aging nicely.

Sunday, August 19

I May Be Forgetful

POEM IN ANIMATION VIDEO:

This pleasant poem highlights how people living with dementia may be feeling. It shows how we can help them stay connected and continue to feel valued and loved. Enjoy!

Friday, August 17

5 Communication Tips for Dementia Caregivers

COMMUNICATION TIPS & BOOKS:

Good communication is critical when families and friends get together. Communicating may be difficult between people with memory-loss and their loved ones. Check out these 5 helpful communication tips and books.

Talk to Kids About Alzheimer's

VIDEO:

YOUNG CHILDREN may find Alzheimer's scary or confusing. An older loved one like Grandma or Grandpa may seem different. Watch these Alzheimer's Association tips on how to talk to your kids about Alzheimer's.

Thursday, August 16

300 Tips for Making Life Easier in Alzheimer's Care

BOOK OF THE WEEK:

If you plan to care for your loved one at home for as long as possible, this book is very helpful. Learn how their abilities change over the course of the journey. Get a lot of very practical suggestions on how to compensate as the different abilities are lost. Full of practical ideas and advice, "300 Tips" addresses each stage of Alzheimer's and its many features. A clear, quick, remarkably comprehensive read.

Wednesday, August 15

P.A.R.T. Dementia is Alzheimer's without the Plaque

DIAGNOSING DEMENTIA: Find out how people diagnosed with Alzheimer's may lack Alzheimer's plaques and actually have P.A.R.T. Dementia. (That is, Primary Age-Related Tauopathy, or PART for short). Learn why this matters in treatment & research.

Memantine Improves Lewy Body Dementia & Parkinson's

Namenda / Memantine (Photo: Forrest Pharmaceutical)
OFF-LABEL MEDICATIONS:

Memantine (Namenda / Ebixa) is FDA-approved for Alzheimer's. Learn about research showing it significantly improves memory and attention in Lewy Body Disease, Parkinson's and various types of dementia.