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Tips and strategies on caring for a loved one with dementia: Seek help and support at home and away, and minimize the stress of Alzheimer’s care.

The Growing Alzheimer’s Family

One in eight older Americans, or some 5.4 million people, has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. And nearly 15 million family members and others are providing unpaid care for them. That means more than 20 million Americans either … Continue reading

Home-Based Training May Benefit Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers

A home care program that used nurses and occupational therapists to aid people with Alzheimer’s in their homes brought benefits to patients as well as those caring for a loved one with the disease, researchers report. The benefits of such … Continue reading

What to Expect When You’re Caregiving

Anyone who has cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s knows just how stressful and unpredictable the experience can be. Yet most people who care for a family member with the disease have little preparation or experience when they begin … Continue reading

Fisher Scientists Discover Protein that Fuels Alzheimer’s Disease, Promising New Treatments Expected

Researchers at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research laboratory published “Gamma-secretase Activating Protein is a Therapeutic Target for Alzheimer’s Disease” in Nature online on September 1, 2010.  Drs. Gen He (lead author) and Paul Greengard have discovered a protein that stimulates the … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s and the Continuing Car Key Debate

July 20, 2010 The ability to drive is a crucial factor in helping older adults feel a sense of dignity and independence. But what happens when a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s enters the picture? While some people with early Alzheimer’s disease … Continue reading

Health Care Reform Brings New Options for Alzheimer’s Care

The new health care reform bill has a provision, known as the CLASS Act, for Community Living Assistance for Services and Supports Plan, that may provide help to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease by creating a nationwide voluntary insurance program to provide long-term care services and support to families affected by long-term ailments, including Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

Weighing the Benefits of Feeding Tubes for Advanced Alzheimer’s

Problems with eating are a big concern in people with Alzheimer’s disease, particularly in the late stages when patients cannot feed themselves or swallow and suffer from a variety of medical issues… Continue reading

When a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Pictures allowed those with mild cognitive impairment, a serious form of memory loss that sometimes precedes Alzheimer’s, to better recognize and identify a subject as compared to using just words Continue reading

Art Therapy for Alzheimer’s

Museums across the country are reaching out to people with Alzheimer’s in order to bring the soothing power of art into the minds of those tackling dementia. Continue reading

More States Adopting Silver Alert Systems

A growing number of states are adopting Silver Alert programs, an alert system that helps locate seniors with Alzheimer’s disease who become lost… Continue reading