March 30, 2015

8 Sessions of Mindfulness Training Helps Dementia & Caregiving

Mindfulness is a modern type of meditation and concentration. In a key study, Mindfulness Training was shown to brighten outlook on life for people with dementia, as well as caregivers. Northwestern University researchers found that just eight sessions of training made a positive difference. Learn more about this study.

March 29, 2015

Thought of the Week: Perseverance & Spirit

In Alzheimer's, Plaque is the Cargo, Tau is the Driver

VIDEO + ARTICLE:

For 25 years, researchers tried curing Alzheimer's by clearing amyloid plaque. While plaque is a problem, is it merely Alzheimer's cargo, while tau is really Alzheimer's driving force? See how Mayo Clinic's tau study may change our world's focus in the search for a cure.

"For the first time I think we have a chance to really change the course of Alzheimer's."

VIDEO:

"For the first time I think we have a chance to really change the course of Alzheimer's disease," says Dr. Reisa Sperling. She's leading the "A4 Clinical Trial" to see if a drug called Solanezumab can slow down or even prevent Alzheimer's disease. CBS News reports.

B. Smith Goes to Washington: "I've Got a Lot To Do In My Future"

VIDEO:

Restaurateur B. Smith testifies before a Senate committee on the need for more research on Alzheimer's Disease.

Dignity, Dementia & Pleasant Events

CARE VIDEO:

A person with dementia is still a person with dignity and rights. Where do I, as a caregiver, draw the line between the personal choices of people with dementia versus what I think is better for them? See Dr. Murray Raskin & Dr. Linda Teri share their experience.

3 Reasons Doctors Don't Tell Patients They Have Alzheimer's

VIDEO + ARTICLE:

Every 67 seconds, someone in the USA develops Alzheimer's. According to a new study, as many as half of them may not be told they have it. Why would doctors not tell their patients? There are a few reasons.

All the Dancing Birds

BOOK OF THE WEEK:

This book is unique in that it is written (beautifully and lyrically) from the viewpoint of Lillie Claire, a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's. As we watch her condition worsen, we see it all from her perspective. She is aware of what is happening and laments the loss of her words. This is a poignant, heart-warming, and inspiring story. Laugh, cry and become attached to Lillie Claire and her family, wrapped up in their struggles and in the moments of joy and clarity that punctuate Alzheimer's. A source of energy and inspiration, All the Dancing Birds should be required reading for every family victimized by Alzheimer's.

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March 28, 2015

Memory Changes: Are You Your Own Best Judge?

Can you diagnose yourself? An important study suggests that self-reported memory complaints might predict clinical memory impairment later in life.

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