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What are Cognitive Skills and Abilities? | SharpBrains

What are Cognitive Skills and Abilities? | SharpBrains | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Cognitive abilities are the brain-based skills we need to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex.

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Exercise in everyway including brain skills is important for everyone, including those with cognitive and memory issues.

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, December 24, 2013 10:26 AM

Some brain teasers to try over the holidays!

Happy Holidays from CogFit-Quest and Enjoy!

Edward Guardino's curator insight, December 25, 2013 7:35 AM

With age, some cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties decline, espe­cially the exec­u­tive func­tions. In addi­tion, cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties that are not used reg­u­larly tend to dimin­ish over time. This may hap­pen at any age but is mostly observed in older age. For­tu­nately, these skills can also be improved at any age with reg­u­lar practice.

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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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Poor Heart Health Linked to Alzheimer's Risk - WebMD

Poor Heart Health Linked to Alzheimer's Risk - WebMD | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
"Finding and preventing the causes of plaque buildup is going to be an essential factor in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and extending brain health throughout life," Hughes added. Alzheimer's disease is the most ...
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All the more reason to keep up all your exercise activity. Exercise aids in heart health as well as longevity of life.

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"Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness - Common Sense Caregiving" by Gary Joseph LeBlanc

"Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness - Common Sense Caregiving" by Gary Joseph LeBlanc | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
"Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness - common sense caregiving" by Gary Joseph LeBlanc Generally, when I'm reviewing a book for this site it's either an Instruction Manual for dealing with the...
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Keeping yourself Healthy after Retirement and Beyond

Keeping yourself Healthy after Retirement and Beyond | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Keeping Yourself Healthy after Retirement and beyond "A new review explored how people change their lifestyle habits when they stop working, and found that the personal situation of the retiree gre...
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Research has proven that exercise (preferably walking) is good for the heart and extends healthy years of life.

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High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Linked to Developing Dementia

High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Linked to Developing Dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
New data suggests that dementia's cognitive dysfunction begins early and is related to risk factors that also cause heart disease.

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, April 8, 9:34 PM

 This study teaches us that cognitive dysfunction may also start much earlier than we thought. Unfortunately, when the disease begins to impact quality of life it is often too late to reverse or treat adequately. #Dementia

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Hospital stay can prove fatal for people with Alzheimer’s - Coping with Emotional Changes - Alzheimer's

Hospital stay can prove fatal for people with Alzheimer’s - Coping with Emotional Changes - Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Last April, the journal Neurology reported on a study showing that people with Alzheimer’s disease who were hospitalized have more than double the ri...
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I learned this when my Mom was in the hospital. Not only my Mom but another elderly lady with Alzheimer's. Both spent an entire night disturbing the entire hospital and other patients. They appeared to be delirious and nothing would console them.

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Stem Cells Speed Up Alzheimer's Research

Stem Cells Speed Up Alzheimer's Research | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Learn about a cutting-edge Cambridge lab using human brain cells to test experimental Alzheimer's drugs. See how the use of live human nerve cells is completely transforming our understanding of how to find an Alzheimer's ...

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Alzheimer's patients benefit from creative art - DesMoinesRegister.com

Alzheimer's patients benefit from creative art - DesMoinesRegister.com | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's patients benefit from creative art
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Most recently, she's shared her many talents with the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter. One of the group's supporters, Dr.

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My Mom loved coloring or painting, doing anything creative. The probelm was, she projected herself as the artist behind every piece of art that she saw, at home or in a gallery.

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, April 5, 12:45 AM

Creativity is a powerful tool, encouraging relaxation and boosting confidence, Beschen said. Studies show that the majority of dementia patients who participate in such activities have positive effects that last for days afterward.  #Alzheimers #Dementia

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Twenty Years of Alzheimer's Research May Have Focused on the Wrong Protein - Daily Beast

Twenty Years of Alzheimer's Research May Have Focused on the Wrong Protein - Daily Beast | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Twenty Years of Alzheimer's Research May Have Focused on the Wrong Protein
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Dominating the research field is a protein called beta amyloid, identified by Alois Alzheimer in 1906.
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This is very interesting. 

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Landmark Alzheimer's Study Pinpoints Protein That Protects Aging Brain

Landmark Alzheimer's Study Pinpoints Protein That Protects Aging Brain | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
The conundrum has stumped doctors for years. Why do neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's affect only the elderly? Why do some people live to be over 100 with normal brain functioning while others develop dementia decades earlier?

Now, a ...

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A few questions we all ponder. 

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, April 2, 4:09 AM

"If we could activate this stress-resistance gene network with drugs, it might be possible to intervene in the disease quite early," he added in a release. "Since Alzheimer's strikes late in life, delaying the onset of disease by just a few years could have a very substantial impact." #Alzheimers #Dementia

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Alzheimer's Reading Room - Google+ - Increasing forgetfulness or mild confusion may be the first…

Alzheimer's Reading Room - Google+ - Increasing forgetfulness or mild confusion may be the first… | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

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Our first suspicion that Mom had a problem was the mild confusion. We knew she was forgetful but thought little of that problem. The confusion was most noticeable as it was so difficult to have a conversation with her. 


What issue did your loved one have that made you think there was a larger problem?

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Drugs found to both prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease

Drugs found to both prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
modern integrative medicine .... Stress-related protein speeds progression of Alzheimer's diseaseIn "Health & Welness, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Holistic medicine, Alternative medicine". Can a protein controlling blood ...

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Smart shoe insoles aims to help track patients with Alzheimer's disease - WTOP

Smart shoe insoles aims to help track patients with Alzheimer's disease - WTOP | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Smart shoe insoles aims to help track patients with Alzheimer's disease WTOP WASHINGTON -- As doctors explore why more seniors are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, science is coming up with a way to help counteract a major problem related to the...
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This sounds great! Too often if someone with Alzheimer's is allowed to walk freely with a cell phone or other device for tracking, we still worry. This device is a little more security that the person with dementia would never even notice.

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Linda Ronstadt admits: Life is Different after Parkinson's Disease

Linda Ronstadt admits: Life is Different after Parkinson's Disease | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
If you've already read Linda Ronstadt's new book, you know that Life has changed for her. That was also the title of her appearance on Good Morning America recently as she spoke about her new book ...
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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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A Digital Clock, Watch or Calendar to Keep Time with Dementia

A Digital Clock, Watch or Calendar to Keep Time with Dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Before Mom's Alzheimer's diagnosis she lived alone and called me first thing every morning to ask what day it was.  Actually, she sometimes called 5 or 6 times in the morning to learn the day, date...
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Why grannies should spend time with kids - The Times of India

Why grannies should spend time with kids - The Times of India | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Researchers have claimed that taking care of grandkids one day a week helps keep grandmothers mentally sharp.

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I can believe this. Grandkids are the spice of life when you're older. You have to be on your toes to keep up with them. They create a bond like no other!

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, April 10, 4:11 PM

Spending some time with grandchildren can help cognitive fitness. However too much time can have negative effects!

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Google+ - Is Water Invisible and Disconcerting to Dementia Patients?…

Google+ - Is Water Invisible and Disconcerting to Dementia Patients?… | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

Lets start with a simple question. Do you have a problem getting an Alzheimer's patient to drink water? Do they say No or refuse to drink water? Many of you will answer yes.

Did you ever wonder why?

Did you ever notice that when an Alzheimer's patient gets in the shower they immediately move to the side so the water doesn't come down on them? In other words, hit them in the head.

When you go into the shower with the water on, do you willing step under the water (assuming you have it at the desired temperature), and put your head under the water? Answer?

Have you ever considered that an Alzheimer's patients can't see water, or at least they don't perceive water the way we do? Is it possible that water is invisible, in a sense, to Alzheimer's patients?

 

http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2011/04/how-to-get-alzheimers-patient-to-bathe.html


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Very interesting topic and assumption. I did read an article about an elderly dementia patient who kept a diary and often spoke of the confusion with trying to turn or adjust water spickets.


She just didn't understand how to turn or maneuver them. She didn't get the concept of adjusting the temp but thought it should only be a matter of ON/OFF. 

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Your Mentally Stimulating Job May Help Keep You Sharp in Retirement – WebMD

Your Mentally Stimulating Job May Help Keep You Sharp in Retirement – WebMD | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
'Use it or lose it' might apply to brainpower, study author says

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It's good to know that use it or lose it might really be true and that includes brain activity as well.

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, April 7, 12:14 AM

People with jobs that require problem solving, planning and information analysis appear more likely to retain a clear memory and keen reasoning as they grow older, said lead author Gwen Fisher, an assistant professor of psychology at Colorado State University.

#alzheimers #Dmentia

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Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down -- like a radio dial or thermostat -- to correct dysfunction. Andres Lozano offers a dramatic look at emerging techniques, in which a woman with Parkinson's instantly stops shaking and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's are brought back to life. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)

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Parkinsons may also cause a degree of dementia.

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, April 8, 1:14 AM

Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

#Parkinsons #Depression 

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Knowing the cause can help you plan for the future

Knowing the cause can help you plan for the future | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Different neurodegenerative diseases have different causes, symptoms, progression rates and treatments (The D-word: If your doctor says dementia, it’s time to push for more answers http://t.co/DoWNUeGHtm...

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This is so true. A few things can appear to be Alzheimer's but not be dementia at all. Investigate your own health issues.

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Kinect powers Alzheimer's and dementia care project

Kinect powers Alzheimer's and dementia care project | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Sure, virtual reality and browser-based games are impressive, but Unreal Engine 4's latest use is a bit more noble: improving the lives of Alzheimer's

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What is Alzheimer's disease? - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-is-alzheimer-s-disease-ivan-seah-yu-jun Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting ... (What is Alzheimer's disease?

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Proof That Alzheimer’s Disease Kills 6 Times More Than Reported

Proof That Alzheimer’s Disease Kills 6 Times More Than Reported | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Alzheimer’s disease is always thought of as a mental health condition that patients die with, but not usually something they die of.
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About Irene Mackay, Raising Children's Awareness of Dementia

About Irene Mackay, Raising Children's Awareness of Dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
My mum was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia five years ago and is now in a Care Home. As well as looking after my mum I also care for people with dementia

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Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers Identify Memory Loss, Personal Safety and Confusion As Top Three Concerns Related to Progression of Their Love One's Disease - Dementia Today

Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers Identify Memory Loss, Personal Safety and Confusion As Top Three Concerns Related to Progression of Their Love One's Disease - Dementia Today | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers Identify Memory Loss, Personal Safety and Confusion (RT @DementiaToday: Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers Identify Memory Loss, Personal Safety and Confusion As Top...

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