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Sunday, February 25

'Still Alice' Brings New Attention to Alzheimer's

NBC NEWS + BESTSELLING BOOK:

Julianne Moore's performance as a middle-aged woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's earned her the Oscar for Best Actress. She plays Alice Howland, happily married with 3 grown children and a house on the Cape. Alice is a celebrated Harvard professor when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self slips. In turns heartbreaking and inspiring, "Still Alice" captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to live with Alzheimer's.

Friday, February 23

Son, What is That?

SHORT VIDEO:

This short film will move you in a wonderful way: a son, a father with dementia & love's incredible power.

Concussion Leads to Dementia If Neglected

ConcussionAs professional sports teams battle lawsuits for dementia caused by concussion, new research shows damage to the brain can persist for decades after a head trauma. Learn why. Find out what to do.

Thursday, February 22

Prevent Alzheimer's - Start Young

NBC NEWS VIDEO:

Doctors say "prevention" is the new Alzheimer's frontier - and it does reduce the risk. See how.

Alzheimer's, Aromatherapy & Antipsychotics: Just-the-Facts

Lavender Farm. Courtesy: Dave Wood on Flicker.com
VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT:

How do lemon balm, rosemary, lavender and other aromas affect people with dementia? Studies show surprising benefits - they may beat out drugs for controlling many of the symptoms of even severe dementia. See the facts put together by authoritative NutritionFacts.org .

Diagnosing Dementia: Screens Vs. Tests

VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT:

Dementia-screening is in the news due to potential confusion. A dementia-screen is a quick-and-simple way to see if a person should be worried about dementia. Dementia-tests, on the other hand, diagnose people to see if they actually have dementia, and to determine whether it is Alzheimer's, or another type of dementia. See what's right, when.

Simple Tests for Dementia

DIAGNOSIS VIDEO:

Simple dementia tests that anyone can do, from HealthDirect. (Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor.).

Wednesday, February 21

Where Alzheimer's Begins

Brain showing Alzheimer's beginnings & progression
ROOTS OF ALZHEIMER'S:

Columbia University researchers have pinpointed 3 discoveries about Alzheimer's:
  • Where it starts
  • Why it starts there
  • How it spreads.
Learn why this can help researchers treat Alzheimer's sooner and better.

Tuesday, February 20

Alzheimer's Agitation: Citalopram May Help

MEDICATION & TREATMENT VIDEO:

Agitation is one of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s. See why citalopram may be effective in alleviating Alzheimer's agitation and aggression.

A Simple Way to Ease the Stress of Dementia Care

TEEPA VIDEO:

Teepa Snow shines her special light on caregiving for dementia. See what to do about the stress.

Sunday, February 18

Deep Sleep, Sleep Apnea & Vascular Dementia

VIDEO & ARTICLE:

Deep sleep refreshes. Too little deep sleep and sleep apnea can trigger brain changes linked to vascular dementia. Learn what happens. See how you can prevent it.

Horticulture Therapy

GARDENING & DEMENTIA - VIDEO:

Gardening helps seniors with Alzheimer's grow fresh plants & better thinking. Overcome short-term memory loss by bringing back good feelings and lost moments. See purposeful, creative work help overcome dementia's limitations.