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Wednesday, January 16

Sundowning: Is My Body Clock Broken or Just Disconnected?

Early-evening restlessness and agitation, known as 'sundowning', is common in Alzheimer's. So is fragmented sleep. A major discovery indicates these symptoms are curable.

1st Local Snoezelen Room Fights Alzheimer's Antipsychotics

STIMULATION & DEMENTIA - VIDEO:

Hear Frank Sinatra, enjoy calming colors, even test your memory. Snoezelen Rooms offer a sensory diet designed for dementia patients. "We have found with more stimulation, it slows down the progression of the disease process."

Diagnosing Lewy Body Dementia is Tricky But Vital

Doctor with patient
DIAGNOSIS: 50% of people with Lewy Body Dementia said they were originally misdiagnosed with a type of dementia such as Alzheimer's. Find out how LBD is exquisitely sensitive to certain medications, and why an early, accurate diagnosis is critical.

Tuesday, January 15

"I Am Sorry, This is Hard" plus 5 More Care Phrases

TUESDAYS WITH TEEPA - CARE TIPS VIDEO:

Teepa Snow, Dementia-care Specialist, shares 6 key phrases that help you help people with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Big No-No's in Dementia-Design

DESIGNING LIVING SPACES FOR DEMENTIA - VIDEO:

Expert design tips to live better with dementia, at home, facilities or care centers.

Vascular Dementia Caused by Plaque on Arteries

Blood flow in arterySPECIAL ANIMATION + TRANSCRIPT:

Vascular dementia can be triggered by plaque build-up in brain arteries. This is called atherosclerosis, nicknamed "hardening of the arteries". See how atherosclerosis develops in this fascinating Mayo Clinic animation.

Monday, January 14

Bill Gates Sees 2 Positive Trends in Alzheimer's Research

PROGRESS: Bill Gates donated $100,000,000 to Alzheimer's research. Here is an excerpt from his recent post, "What I Learned at Work This Year," on positive trends in Alzheimer’s research.

Brain Likes Lutein from Avocado & Spinach

DIET VIDEO:

Lutein is the only food antioxidant "significantly related to better cognition" in a study on aging. It also reduces your risk of dementia. The brain sponges it up from our diet, way out of proportion to other brain-healthy nutrients. See how it works and what to eat.

85 with Dementia? Good Chance It's HS-AGING, Not Alzheimer's

Elderly lady
DIAGNOSIS: 3 important dementia studies focus on HS-AGING. It's a type of dementia almost as common as Alzheimer's in the 85+ group. Yet few people have heard of it. Why? What makes it different?

Sunday, January 13

20 Home Safety Tips for Alzheimer's

Senior lady cooking in the kitchen20 TIPS + NIH HOME SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR ALZHEIMER'S:

Here are 20 ways to make your home a safer place for a loved one with dementia.

Alzheimer's: What Not to Say

FAMILY, FRIENDS, CAREGIVERS -- TIPS VIDEO:

The title says it all. Whether caregiving for someone with Alzheimer's or just visiting, be wise & avoid these phrases.

Friday, January 11

L.O.V.E! Sung Fantastically by Dad with Dementia

EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC VIDEO:

Ted McDermott, The Song-A-Minute Man, was diagnosed with dementia. His son, Simon, wasn't going to let that stop his Dad. He understood how music reaches our deepest selves and has journeyed with his Dad and their dashcam to make beautiful music together. Get your widest smile ready and watch them in action.