Tag Archives: stress

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

The Power of Exercising in Water

By: www.ALZinfo.org Whether it’s the hypnotic shimmer of light dancing off a lazy pond or the rhythmic pulse of a crashing ocean wave, water enchants like no other element. So it should come as no surprise, really, that people seek … Continue reading

The Healing Power of Yoga

By Michelle Porter Tiernan Three women in their 60s and 70s recline on their backs on yoga mats with their eyes closed and their hands turned palms up. Certified yoga instructor Helena Bray begins savasana, the final relaxation. Her voice … Continue reading

Pilates and the Mind-Body Connection

By Michelle Porter Tiernan Pilates is an exercise for all ages. No one illustrated that better than creator Joseph Pilates. He practiced and taught the exercise he developed well into his mid-80s while sporting a physique of a man half … Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions, Part 3

By: www.ALZinfo.org The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation receives a lot of questions from visitors to our website, readers of Preserving Your Memory and others who call our offices.  Here are a few of the questions we hear frequently. … Continue reading

Learning Your Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists continue to make advances in new tests that may predict for Alzheimer’s disease, in some cases years before memory loss and thinking problems become apparent. They can test for genes that increase your risk for the disease, MRI or … Continue reading

Is Dementia Considered Contagious?

A fellow caregiver recently asked me, “Is dementia contagious?” She explained to me that since she has been caring for her mother who is stricken with Alzheimer’s, she believes that she herself has become more and more forgetful. The stressful … 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

Aftereffects of Caregiving

Unfortunately, the chronic stress of caregiving isn’t over when it’s over. After caring for someone you love for many years, you lose parts of your life that can take years to recover, if ever. Certain side-effects tend to linger on. … Continue reading