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Covenant Hospice to hold Alzheimer's disease seminar July 11 - Press-Register - al.com (blog)

Covenant Hospice to hold Alzheimer's disease seminar July 11 - Press-Register - al.com (blog) | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Covenant Hospice to hold Alzheimer's disease seminar July 11
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FAIRHOPE, Alabama -- Covenant Hospice in conjunction with Covenant Alzheimer's Services will host a half day seminar on the topic of Alzheimer's disease.
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If you're in Alabama, this is a "must attend!" A half day seminar on the topic of Alzheimer's. A great time to socialize and learn at the same time. Join in if you can!

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7 Stages of Alzheimer's - 7 Levels of Dementia

7 Stages of Alzheimer's - 7 Levels of Dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Alzheimers is a disease with seven stages. They don't happen sharply or over a specified period of time, everyone is different and everyone's progression may be different. One of the symptoms of Al...
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The Estrogen Dilemma and Alzheimer's Disease Revisited | Alzheimer's Reading Room

The Estrogen Dilemma and Alzheimer's Disease Revisited | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
“Why did my primary-care physician give me an antidepressant when I could have had something simple, like estrogen?”

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Hearing loss can cause issues with communication that lead to dementia

Hearing loss can cause issues with communication that lead to dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Hearing loss in the Memory Impaired is more common than suspected Hearing loss is far more common than many suspect. Of the hard of hearing individuals the most prolific cause is age related hearin...
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More than 99% of drug trials for Alzheimer's disease during the past decade have failed

More than 99% of drug trials for Alzheimer's disease during the past decade have failed | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

There is an urgent need to increase the number of potential therapies being investigated, say US scientists. Only one new medicine has been approved since 2004, they report in the journal Alzheimer's Research & Therapy.


The drug failure rate is troubling and higher than for other diseases such as cancer, says Alzheimer's Research UKDr Jeffrey Cummings, of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, in Las Vegas, and colleagues, examined a public website that records clinical trials.


Between 2002 and 2012, they found 99.6% of trials of drugs aimed at preventing, curing or improving the symptoms of Alzheimer's had failed or been discontinued. This compares with a failure rate of 81% for cancer drugs.


The failure rate was "especially troubling" given the rising numbers of people with dementia, said Dr Simon Ridley, of Alzheimer's Research UK. "The authors of the study highlight a worrying decline in the number of clinical trials for Alzheimer's treatments in more recent years," he said.


"There is a danger that the high failure rates of trials in the past will discourage pharmaceutical companies from investing in dementia research.


"The only way we will successfully defeat dementia is to continue with high quality, innovative research, improve links with industry and increase investment in clinical trials."



Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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This is so discouraging. I know everyone has high hopes of a cure or at least something to slow it down. But our wait goes on--

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End-of-life care fact sheet

End-of-life care fact sheet | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's Society factsheet on end-of-life care for people with dementia.

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If you're the caregiver or loved one to someone with Alzheimer's or dementia in later stages, this is must-have information.

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Eating well can slow down Alzheimer's onset - Irish Independent

Eating well can slow down Alzheimer's onset - Irish Independent | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
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Eating well can slow down Alzheimer's onset
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Mental Exercises – Brain stimulation – from books, newspapers or online brain-training exercises – measurably strengthens the brain.

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Some tips on what to avoid and what to eat to ward off dementia.

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Dementia Care Training Required in Iowa and Connecticut

Dementia Care Training Required in Iowa and Connecticut | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

Do you think that people who have Alzheimer's disease/dementia can be better supported when their caregivers have special training in memory care?
 
A new law in Connecticut requires all staff in home health agencies, residential care homes, assisted living agencies, and other types of facilities to receive training in Alzheimer's disease and dementia care.Do you think that people who have Alzheimer's can be better supported when their caregivers have special training in dementia care?


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This is such a good idea. Every state should require special training for those with Alzheimer's Dementia. 

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A new law in Connecticut requires all staff in home health agencies, residential care homes, assisted living agencies, and other types of facilities to receive training in Alzheimer's disease and dementia care.

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Maintaining Connections As Your Loved One Declines | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Maintaining Connections As Your Loved One Declines | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
It is emotionally draining to watch your loved one with Alzheimer’s slowly fade away, helpless to change the outcome.

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Losing intimacy with a long-time loved one is especially devastating.

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Should Memory Care Training Be Required for Caregivers?

Should Memory Care Training Be Required for Caregivers? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Connecticut and Iowa have introduced legislation to improve care for people who have dementia.

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There are certainly some things that I think those who care for people with dementia should know. Whether it should be legislated is another matter.

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Becky B's curator insight, April 25, 12:00 PM

Do you think that people who have dementia can be better supported when their caregivers have special training in memory care?

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All About Living With Life: One Single Surprising Habit of Happy People

All About Living With Life: One Single Surprising Habit of Happy People | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

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Applying for Disability Benefits for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Applying for Disability Benefits for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Applying for Disability Benefits for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia It's difficult to watch a loved one suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia. They may soon be unable to work and may struggle t...
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This can be a cumbersome and confusing time in caregiving but often necessary to meet all of the person's medical needs.

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Sodalis Elder Living's curator insight, April 20, 7:46 AM

Helpful information for navigating the maze!

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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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7 Proven Ways to Keep Your Brain Young

7 Proven Ways to Keep Your Brain Young | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

"5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. Another 10,000,000 suffer with severe dementia and Parkinson’s. Even more struggle with age-related mild cognitive impairment. Here are 7 natural ways to defend your brain."

 

Even if you escape these debilitating and life-threatening diseases, you may be among millions more who suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI or what is frequently called "age-related cognitive dysfunction") and normal "age–associated memory impairment." These conditions are what many of us have experienced as "senior moments."  The symptoms include memory loss, as well as a decline in the ability to think and reason. 

 

Some of these problems are a result of the natural aging of our brains.  But others arise from poor nutrition and exposure to environmental toxins.

 

Drugs have shown little promise and serious side effects.  But here are seven proven methods to keep your brain young and sharp.


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I wonder if my Green Smoothie every morning counts!

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How to take the Car Away when someone has Alzheimers dementia

How to take the Car Away when someone has Alzheimers dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
How to take away the car away when a person has Alzheimer's dementia? One of the most difficult things you will ever do is take away driving privileges when a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's o...
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Can You Tell The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Natural Aging?

Is it Alzheimer's or Simple Aging? Sometimes it's difficult to know the difference-- Memory loss is common, particularly among men and women over the age of 65. This could be a simple moment of for...
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Missing married couple with Alzheimer's die in desert car crash - Los Angeles Times

Missing married couple with Alzheimer's die in desert car crash Los Angeles Times A married couple who were both suffering from Alzheimer's disease died in a one-car crash in Desert Center on Tuesday, a day after they were reported missing,...
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This is so sad. But, taking the car away is probably the hardest thing that must be done for those with Alzheimer's dementia. 


For Weeks, my Mom kept a photo of her car on her bedroom dresser after I took her car away. It took me awhile to figure out why she was angry and cursing me every time she returned from her bedroom.


Once I removed the photo, her disposition improved exponentially!

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Dementia sufferers are 'cut adrift' after diagnosis warning

Dementia sufferers are 'cut adrift' after diagnosis warning | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
The Independent Dementia sufferers are 'cut adrift' after diagnosis warning The Independent In a survey of nearly 400 people affected by dementia, the charity found one in five were given no information or support after diagnosis, while 90 per cent...

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This is so true. If I hadn't thought of Facebook after my Mom's diagnosis, I would have been clueless about what was happening to her.


I read every book I could find, but still-- sometimes you just need to talk to someone else who knows more than you do.

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Simpler, more reliable' Alzheimer's diagnosis

Simpler, more reliable' Alzheimer's diagnosis | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
International experts reach a consensus on a simpler, more reliable way to diagnose Alzheimer's disease that promises to reduce the current 33% misdiagnosis rate.

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This is good news! It can be heartbreaking to be misdiagnosed with any disease.

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What to Do When Alzheimer's Threatens to Tear Your Family Apart ...

What to Do When Alzheimer's Threatens to Tear Your Family Apart ... | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Dealing with Alzheimer's can bring out many strong emotions. As the disease progresses caregiving issues can often ignite or magnify [existing] family conflicts.

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An Introduction to the Brain - YouTube

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk This film gives a overview of the structure and function of the brain. TRANSCRIPT "The human brain is incredibly complex. It con...

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Are You Taking Your Medication at the Right Time of Day?

Are You Taking Your Medication at the Right Time of Day? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Most of us practice Chronotherapy twice a year when we change our clocks and expect our inner clock to adjust and reset without upset. Sometimes it's not a smooth transition as falling asleep can s...
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When I studied this subject, I was truly surprised. There are numerous advantages to watching the clock when you take your medication and I've shared a few in the article!

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Are Scientists Closer to an Alzheimer’s Cure?

Are Scientists Closer to an Alzheimer’s Cure? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
A rare genetic mutation that triggers Early Onset Alzheimer’s may lead to a breakthrough in treatment and prevention.

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We know there is research being done, but sometimes I do wonder. Is there really any success, or is a cure closer than we think?

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Now with the information being gathered from the Medellin family, researchers and scientists hope to find a breakthrough in serving, treating, and even preventing Alzheimer’s.
 

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What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier

What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
There's more to the mood-boosting properties of exercise than endorphins.

 

Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, fromdepression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and more. At the same time, similar to the topic of sleep, I found myself having very little specific and scientific knowledge about what exercise really does to our bodies and our brains.

 

“Yes, yes, I know all about it, that’s the thing with the endorphins, that makes you feel good and why we should exercise and stuff, right?” is what I can hear myself say to someone bringing this up. I would pick up things here and there, yet really digging into the connection of exercise and how it effects us has never been something I’ve done.


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Glen Campbell moves to Alzheimer's facility

Glen Campbell moves to Alzheimer's facility | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

Glen Campbell moves to Alzheimer's facility last week at the age of 77 after several years with Alzheimer's..

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USA Today says: "The Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Linemansinger crooner has been open in the couple of years about having the memory-impairment problem. Last summer, he and fourth wife, Kim Woolen, talked openly about it with USA TODAY's Edna Gundersen as he released See You There, his latest album."

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