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Alzheimer’s Disease and Gum Health: Is There a Connection?

Previous research has indicated interesting parallels between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s. Are they connected? We asked the experts. You may have read news coverage of research that seemed to indicate a link between periodontal (gum) disease and Alzheimer’s disease. But … Continue reading

“Me” Time

How maintaining a hobby can make you a better caregiver.When you’re caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, you make a lot of sacrifices. And all too often, you—the caregiver—neglect taking care of yourself. But taking some time for yourself … Continue reading

Truth in Numbers

Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease may be underreported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in 2010, nearly 83,500 people died of Alzheimer’s disease. But that number may actually be much higher. A study published in the … Continue reading

Shadowing

The challenge of never being alone Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease at home is a difficult task and can become overwhelming at times. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and … Continue reading

Managing a Difficult Hospital Stay

For many people, a visit to the hospital is stressful. For someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be frightening. It’s important that families know how they can make hospital stays less daunting for loved ones who have the illness. The … Continue reading

To Diagnose or Not To Diagnose

Common Questions about Finding Answers When Arizona resident Susan Christianson’s* memory lapses went from annoying to concerning, she and her husband decided to raise the issue with their primary care physician. The doctor examined Ms. Christianson, then 73, and referred … Continue reading

Judy Collins

The Power of Music For more than fifty years, Judy Collins has wooed the world with hits such as “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns.” Now age 74, the Grammy award-winning singer shows no signs of slowing down. … Continue reading

Handling Difficult Emotions

Coping with emotional outbursts in Alzheimer’s patients Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s can be difficult. And when the person you’re caring for gets upset and has an emotional outburst, it’s even harder. “It’s very hard for well-intentioned family members … Continue reading

Sundowning

Alzheimer’s Challenges at the End of the Day People with dementia often have certain problems when it gets dark at the end of the day and stays dark through the night. This problem is called “sundowning.” The problems that get … Continue reading

Keep Stress at Bay

Stress is a big problem facing most caregivers, especially when Alzheimer’s disease is in the picture. Here’s how to keep stress to a minimum. Let’s face it: Stress is a natural part of life. And it’s not necessarily a bad … Continue reading