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5 Ways to Be Dementia-Ready for most Holidays and Special Occasions

5 Ways to Be Dementia-Ready for most Holidays and Special Occasions | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
  As I planned a post about holiday behavior and caregiver caution during this holiday season, I saw this wonderful post from Frena Gray Davidson, author of “Speaking Dementia” Frena always se...
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My Mom Fooled the Doctor about her Memory--How does that happen?

My Mom Fooled the Doctor about her Memory--How does that happen? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
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Does your Loved one with Alzheimers or Dementia Still Smoke?

Does your Loved one with Alzheimers or Dementia Still Smoke? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
The  person with Alzheimers or Dementia who smokes creates a challenging predicament for their caregiver. Sometimes, in late-stage Alzheimer's the patient forgets the urge to smoke. But the person ...
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Glen Campbell Moved to an Alzheimer's Care Facility

Glen Campbell Moved to an Alzheimer's Care Facility | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer's for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE MAGAZINE has confirmed.  "He was moved to an Al...
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Sundowning, Sundowners and Night Terrors -- Are they all the same thing

Sundowning, Sundowners and Night Terrors -- Are they all the same thing | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
I recently spoke with a friend diagnosed with Early On-set Alzheimer's. He described  new symptoms that have begun to plague him. "Night Terrors" was the best he could manage to describe his fright...
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Alzheimer's-Stricken Denver Broncos Owner Gives Up Control of Team - Newsmax Health

Alzheimer's-Stricken Denver Broncos Owner Gives Up Control of Team - Newsmax Health | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's-Stricken Denver Broncos Owner Gives Up Control of Team Newsmax Health "As many in the Denver community and around the National Football League have speculated, my husband, Pat, has very bravely and quietly battled Alzheimer's disease...
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Challenge Your Brain! How to Improve Cognitive Fitness

Challenge Your Brain! How to Improve Cognitive Fitness | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
It may sound cliché, but the truth is if we don't use our brains, we are more likely to lose them. The brain thrives on sensory stimulation. It’s designed to absorb new information from its environment and build neural connections based on what it learns from those experiences.

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So my Mom was probably right-- "If you don't use it, you lose it"

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, July 24, 1:48 PM

Here at CogFit-Quest, we prefer Train it to Gain It ™. Let's be positive and give our brains a work-out!

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How big is your Lifespace? Could it be the deciding factor in Alzheimer's disease?

How big is your Lifespace? Could it be the deciding factor in Alzheimer's disease? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Life Space is actually a measurement of mobility, figuring out how far you are getting around your environment, how much you're seeing that's different from your couch or bedroom or living room...
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Don't Treat an Adult with Alzheimer's Like a Child

Don't Treat an Adult with Alzheimer's Like a Child | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
When my Mom first came to live with us because she'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I could not  keep her in the house. Every time I turned around she was outside, shaking rugs, sweeping the porc...
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Security, privacy, and patient use of social media in hospital settings

Security, privacy, and patient use of social media in hospital settings | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

As a non-profit organisation, the NHS should follow the same principles behind open-source: sharing knowledge and standardising procedures to help all patients. And in the same way that the software industry benefits from sharing source code with the public – fostering a community of users and developers, recruiting free testers – the NHS and private medical companies could also benefit from sharing their knowledge.


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I think this will gradually be much more important than it is even today.

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Andrew Spong's curator insight, July 24, 7:12 AM

Interesting article, but I'm not sure bespoke open source software described is likely to supplant the existing networks that patients participate in, nor does it address other issues the piece raises such as the unauthorised sharing of images taken in a clinical setting.

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Is it Okay to Lie to Those with Alzheimer's or dementia

Is it Okay to Lie to Those with Alzheimer's or dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Honesty is NOT always the 'best policy' if you have a loved one with Alzheimer's / dementia. I learned that lesson as caregiver for my Mom who passed away a few years ago. Though I knew the lie was...
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Is This The Beginning of Alzheimer's Disease or... What City is this anyway?

Is This The Beginning of Alzheimer's Disease or... What City is this anyway? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
My mother was in her late 70's when her second husband passed away. The time and photo of her, with my son, was 10 years before her diagnosis. Her first marriage had not been a happy one but this s...
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Guns and Dementia - WebMD

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Guns and Dementia
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July 21, 2014 (COPENHAGEN, Denmark) -- A new survey looks at access to guns by people with dementia.

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I worried about my mom having a car--No Way would I allow a firearm in the house wherever Mom was living.


When we took her car away, she swore she would shoot my brother. He was her pride and joy and we laughed about it when away from her. But, how do we know what someone might do who can't remember they ever gave birth to a child. 


I honestly don't believe my Mom would have known what death meant at that stage of her dementia.

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Holistic Prevention for Alzheimer’s

Holistic Prevention for Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
RT @swimdaily: Holistic Prevention for Alzheimer’s: the Time is Now |http://t.co/CSJ53oigNQ What is good for the heart and muscles is good …

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AAIC: A healthy lifestyle may deflect dementia

AAIC: A healthy lifestyle may deflect dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Seniors at risk for dementia may help safeguard their memory and ability to think by adopting a healthier lifestyle, a new study from Finland suggests. The study findings were presented this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, held from July 12 to 17 in Copenhagen, ...

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, July 28, 2:14 PM

Here is the first study linking  what seems evident to me: changing to a healthy lifestyle may really help to ward off dementia.

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Leblanc: When dementia patients lose their things

Leblanc: When dementia patients lose their things | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
“I just put it down here a minute ago! It has to be here!” If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, this may become a common question that you might hear several times each day
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Oh goodness, I can still hear my Mom tattling on the girls at the Group Home.


"They eat my candy as soon as you leave," she would whisper.


Then I'd find her Whitmans box in a different drawer, or in the closet, or under the bed-- a safe place that she had chosen. A place where no one else would ever find her candy.

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Simple Music Player for People with Dementia

  Based on solid research, people with dementia want to listen to music but are unable to use conventional means because its too complicated to operate.    Dementia One particular area of...
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Veggie Smoothies: Convenient, Healthy and Easy to do

Veggie Smoothies: Convenient, Healthy and Easy to do | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
We all know how vital vegetables are for our health…The food pyramid has even been amended to reflect the importance of eating plenty of veggies. So, the question becomes, for many of us– how to get enough good veggies into us, on a daily basis.
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Can knitting delay memory loss and help you manage anxiety? | The ...

Can knitting delay memory loss and help you manage anxiety? | The ... | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
According to new studies, hobbies like knitting and crochet may help ward off or manage mental health issues like anxiety, eating disorders and memory loss. We share four fabulous reasons why you should pick up some ...
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I'm not sure about anxiety, but crocheting helped my Mom through her last 3 years of Alzheimer's.


She forgot how to crochet anything more than ruffly circles but they turned out to be the prettiest hot pads that most folks had seen.


I had huge plastic bags full of them and Mom  took great pride in "gifting them" to friends and strangers alike. http://free-alzheimers-support.com

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Cancer Drug may Prove Effective in Treating Alzheimer's Disease

Cancer Drug may Prove Effective in Treating Alzheimer's Disease | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Science World Report Cancer Drug may Prove Effective in Treating Alzheimer's Disease Science World Report Though future studies will need to be conducted in order to review the drug's effectiveness, researchers said they believe this could be a...

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Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk Info

Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk Info | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
The Alzheimer's Association is on the MOVE to end Alzheimer's! Memory Walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care -- for support and research — it calls on pe...
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Problems with Eating, Drinking, and Chewing in Late Stage Alzheimer's

Problems with Eating, Drinking, and Chewing in Late Stage Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
It's bad enough that Alzheimer's disease robs the person of their sense of smell, which can certainly impact the appetite; but it also affects people's ability to realize they're thirsty. The perso...
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Progression of dementia could be delayed in alcohol users

Progression of dementia could be delayed in alcohol users | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

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Have a drink to preserve brain health! One per day for women and two for men- MAXIMUM!   Heavier drinking may lead to dementia. This article suggests that fish oil may help those who have a few too many...

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My Mom was arrested through the mail? Alzheimers 101

My Mom was arrested through the mail? Alzheimers 101 | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
For as long as I can remember, my Mother kept a neat and tidy home . Even when my brothers and I were youngsters, terrorizing the place by sliding down waxed floors in socked feet, our home was nea...
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10 Warning Signs of Memory-Loss that Disrupt Daily Life

10 Warning Signs of Memory-Loss that Disrupt Daily Life | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
To encourage early detection and diagnosis, the Alzheimer's Association Website has listed 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's. This is not the list of 7 Stages of Alzheimer's but rather a list of "war...
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A Few Mini Tests to do at Home for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

A Few Mini Tests to do at Home for Alzheimer's Diagnosis | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
A FEW MINI TESTS TO DO AT HOME FOR DIAGNOSIS of ALZHEIMER'S Diagnosing Alzheimer's early is vital for receiving medications to delay symptoms and prolong life. An early diagnosis also gives the pat...
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Music Might Boost Self-Awareness in Alzheimer's Patients

Music Might Boost Self-Awareness in Alzheimer's Patients | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Many studies have found that familiar songs enhance mood, relieve stress and reduce anxiety in patients with Alzheimer's, perhaps because musical memory is often spared even when a patient has declined to a low level of cognition. Two new studies find that familiar music also improves cognitive symptoms in the disease.

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, July 23, 1:22 AM

Those who heard tunes they knew showed an immediate improvement in identity, mood, moral judgment and body awareness—elements of self-consciousness that are adversely affected by Alzheimer's.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving