Tag Archives: dementia

Just Forgetful, or Is It Dementia?

Everyone becomes forgetful from time to time: forgetting where you placed the car keys, not remembering to pick up an item at the grocery store, forgetting to return a friend’s phone call. And as we age, most of us become … Continue reading

Heavy Smoking Increases Alzheimer’s Risk

If you need another reason to quit smoking, here it is: People who are heavy smokers in middle age have nearly double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in old age, a new study reports. Smoking, long known to be … Continue reading

Living Day To Day

I went to a meeting yesterday of the Torbay Dementia Leadership Group of which I am lucky enough to be Chairperson of. One of the things we discussed was how important it is for an early diagnosis. We all more … Continue reading

New Drugs for Alzheimer’s Work in Novel Ways

By: www.ALZinfo.org A new class of drugs called gamma-secretase modulators works to reduce the buildup of toxic proteins in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, giving doctors hope that these medications may offer effective new treatments for the devastating … Continue reading

Fitness in a Flash: Exercise for Older Adults and Caregivers

By Michelle Porter Tiernan Regular physical activity can keep you strong, improve your flexibility and help you manage stress. But when you’re a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s often difficult to find time to exercise. If … Continue reading

Senior-Friendly Fitness Close to Home

By Michelle Porter Tiernan Exercise is not only good for your body; it’s good for your brain. Physical activity encourages regular brain functions and helps keep the brain active. A study by the University of Washington found regular exercise reduces … Continue reading

Reduce the Risk of Wandering

By Winnie Yu It is a major problem with Alzheimer’s disease patients: the tendency to wander off, away from caregiving loved ones or even their residential care facilities. The results can be devastating. Here’s what you need to know, and … Continue reading

How to Communicate With Someone Who Has Alzheimer’s

By: www.ALZinfo.org How can I communicate better with my loved one who has Alzheimer’s? Learning about Alzheimer’s—how it progresses and how it is managed— is critical to understanding how best to interact and communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

Doing Crossword Puzzles May Keep the Mind Sharp, for a Time

Mentally stimulating activities like doing crossword puzzles, reading and visiting museums may slow the decline of thinking skills with advancing age and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to a new report. But the … Continue reading

Fight of My life

As we go into February the year seems to be flying by already. The thing is with this disease “Time” seems so distorted. Sometimes I have been told that when Elaine is in the kitchen I go in two minutes … Continue reading