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The secret weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's might just be an iPod - Public Radio International

The secret weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's might just be an iPod - Public Radio International | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Stuff.co.nz The secret weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's might just be an iPod Public Radio International These areas of the brain aren't typically affected by Alzheimer's or other memory loss conditions, Sacks says, because they are...
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A fascinating article. And great to learn that these areas of the brain are not usually affected by Alzheimer's. The more we know, the better Caregiver we are. http://free-alzheimers-support.com

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Bideford councillor honours late wife by completing bucket list - North Devon Gazette

Bideford councillor honours late wife by completing bucket list - North Devon Gazette | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
North Devon Gazette Bideford councillor honours late wife by completing bucket list North Devon Gazette As part of the list, he continued Jenn's work to sign Bideford up to the Purple Angel scheme, which raises awareness of dementia and offers...

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Wonderful that Bideford is joining with Purple Angel!

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Vitamin D May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Vitamin D May Lower Alzheimer's Risk | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's disease is often thought of as a part of aging, but it may not have to be. New research suggests a certain...

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Sometimes we forget how important Vitamin D can be. We know it can be absorbed through our skin through lots of sunshine so we often don't give it much thought.


But Vitamin D is an important vitamin for our bodies since it allows for the proper absorption of calcium, which helps our bone development. It also controls cell growth, assists with nerves and muscles and keeps our immune system functioning properly. It also helps to fight inflammation so we stay healthy. 


Though we do receive lots of our needed Vitamin D from the sunshine each day, it is also in our diet through lots of fish and fatty foods such as cheese, eggs, mushrooms. Plus, Vitamin D is added to many food items that we purchase and eat each day.


Despite all the ways we include Vitamin D in our diet. we may still have levels below a healthy range.


I was hospitalized 2 years ago and besides treating my ailment, the very first thing done was Vitamin D shots because the level in my system was so low. Frankly, I was amazed to be low on Vitamin D because I live in a sunshine state and spend lots of time outdoors.

 

So don't be over-confident about the Vitamin D in your system. Check with your doctor to see if your numbers are low. You might need a Vitamin D supplement for a short while.

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Torbay Council awarded purple angel status

Torbay Council awarded purple angel status | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
TORBAY Council has been designated purple angel status which now means that more staff are dementia aware.

Norman McNamara, a dementia awareness campaigner, who spearheads the campaign, has been...

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Wonderful news and you know, our very own Norman McNamara (on Facebook) is behind this award.

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Jane Moore's curator insight, August 7, 2014 3:30 AM

Well done to Torbay Council!

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A Sad Anniversary, Birthday and other Memories of a Daughter whose Mom had dementia

A Sad Anniversary, Birthday and other Memories of a Daughter whose Mom had dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
As we near my Mom's birthday, she would have been 85 on July 18, we also near the anniversary of her passing only weeks prior to her birthday, my thoughts are more and more about her and those sad ...
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New details on Google's anti-aging startup - Fortune

New details on Google's anti-aging startup - Fortune | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
FORTUNE – Google GOOG 1.41% last month made waves in the biotech world by announcing the formation of Calico, a “new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and ...
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5 Steps to Aging Gracefully from Dr. Nagy (video)

5 Steps to Aging Gracefully from Dr. Nagy (video) | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Most of us aren't looking for the fountain of youth. We know we will grow older and we only want to grow older gracefully. We want to age at a normal pace without major disease or heart ache.  We w...
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Low-Impact Exercises That Work for All Ages

Low-Impact Exercises That Work for All Ages | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
WebMD’s exercise guide for older adults (RT @NJ_Chronic_Pain: Health Tips: Low-Impact Exercises for Older Adults - WebMD’s exercise guide for older adults http://t.co/aNAbRKiuZk)...
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Exercise is so important. Without movement, we begin to waste away. We need to walk, dance, hop or skip. Whatever we are able to do, we should do it every day! Exercise means life.

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Signs of Normal Memory Loss | David York Agency

Signs of Normal Memory Loss | David York Agency | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
I'm having a senior moment,” or, “My Alzheimer's is setting in!” Jests of this nature can be rooted in truth: memory loss ranges from what's perfectly normal.
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Dental hygienist provides care for those in home-care with Angie Stone

Dental hygienist provides care for those in home-care with Angie Stone | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Angie Stone put her money where her mouth is. She started a company gathering dental hygiensts to provide oral care to residents in long term care.
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What a great idea! Thanks to Angie Stone.

When our loved ones are in Care-Homes, Nursing Homes, or Group Homes (as my Mom was) they have many needs that are forgotten or simply get lost in the shuffle. 


Much upheaval usually accompanies a family members admittance to a Care Home. Families are making major decisions about life and death and all sorts of legal matters for someone they love very much.


The seemingly trivial often gets forgotten. It's easy to assume that the Care Home will take care of  all the personal and medical amenities. BUT, this may not be true.

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I have to say, honestly, a Dental hygienist is probably someone I wouldn't have thought of for my Mom while entering her in a Group Home. Yet, she had all of her own, healthy teeth and needed that sort of care. An inept tooth ache could have been a tragedy for Mom. She would have had no idea what the problem was nor the presence of mind to tell me where it hurt. 


Quite often those with dementia show only a cranky demeanor when they actually have a UTI or other medical issue. A loose fitting denture could cause a grumpy and irritable family member.


My own Mom's toenails had grown quite long before someone mentioned to me that the "care-home" had a Podiatrist visit once a month.


The little things in life keep us comfortable, happy, smiling and pain-free. Mom was in a much better mood when she had her hair washed twice a week and permed every 3 months. http://free-alzheimers-support.com

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Compound Restores Memory Function in Mouse Alzheimer’s Model

Compound Restores Memory Function in Mouse Alzheimer’s Model | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Researchers from Yale School of Medicine have discovered a promising new drug compound that reverses some Alzheimer’s effects on memory in mice. They found that a protein drug compound, known as TC-2153, blocks the Alzheimer’s disease linked effects of another protein called striatal-enriched tyrosine phosphatase (STEP). At high levels, STEP prevents synaptic strengthening in the brain—something vital to memory function.

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Very interesting research!

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Can You Tell The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Natural Aging?

Can You Tell The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Natural Aging? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
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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Does the Person with Alzheimer's Invent Memories-- or tell Lies?

Does the Person with Alzheimer's Invent Memories-- or tell Lies? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
One issue with the person who has Alzheimer's or Dementia is that they look so good. By looking at them, you would never know they have a problem. They don't look sick. They don't have a cold, or r...
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Loneliness in Seniors Is Hazardous to Their Health

Loneliness in Seniors Is Hazardous to Their Health | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Growing older isn’t easy for many people and the loneliness that can accompany it can be downright hazardous to their health. Here’s how you can help.
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Baby boomers could change Alzheimer's as it changes them

Baby boomers could change Alzheimer's as it changes them | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Baby boomers could change Alzheimer's as it changes them
The Denver Post
Hope Kapsner, right, and Maria Saldana, left, visit with Kapsner's mother, Lislott Jacobson, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2010.

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We Asked Seniors: How Can Your City Change to Accommodate Older Residents? – Next City

We Asked Seniors: How Can Your City Change to Accommodate Older Residents? – Next City | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
We talked to Philadelphia seniors about what city adaptations they need to “age in place.” Here, their photos and stories.

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Alzheimer's Moments: Memories from a Caregiver's Diary

Alzheimer's Moments: Memories from a Caregiver's Diary | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
I was excited to read this book, especially since the caregiver was of the male persuasion. Secretly, I've harbored the view that women are better caregivers than men. Well, at least until a couple...
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Can a Gentle Horse and Country Charm Soothe Dementia?

Can a Gentle Horse and Country Charm Soothe Dementia? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
For several years I've seen the happy results of Equine Therapy for Children with Asperger's and Autism which both include verbal and nonverbal impairments. It's believed the slow gait of the horse...
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Dealing with Geriatric Depression

Dealing with Geriatric Depression | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Studies show that depression has become a common illness later in life. The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation (GMHF) said that 15 out of 100 elderly people (65 years and up) show depressive sympto...
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Most of us have a bad mood at some time in our lives. But when does that bad mood become depression and why does it occurr more often in the elderly?

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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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One of the very first symptoms for my mother was that she had difficulty with conversations. She was hard of hearing but refused to wear a hearing aid. I believe this escalated her symptoms of dementia.

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Me and My Alzheimer's Shadow | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Me and My Alzheimer's Shadow | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Shadowing causes the Alzheimer's caregiver to feel like their personal space is being violated.

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That is so true. Shadowing was one of the most disturbing symptoms for me as a caregiver of my Mom. At the time, I didn't know why she followed me, nor why she woke me up during the middle of the night. I only knew that it was a frightening experience . http://free-alzheimers-support.com


If I had it to do over, I would handle that symptom much differently today. I think Mom needed more reassurance and comfort after I moved her to my home.


Perhaps, today, I would  add more familiar items from her own home to her new room at my home.


The sad part of caregiving is that many answers to our questions don't come until our loved one is no longer living with us.

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Dementia cases surge 62% in 7 years

Dementia cases surge 62% in 7 years | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) said the number of patients with a recorded diagnosis of dementia has increased by 62%.

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It makes you wonder if it's due to the aging baby-boomer generation or something else at work.

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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, 2014 5:14 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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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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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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Sharing about Alzheimer's Dementia in memory of my Mom and about my other interests including Sewing and Selling Online. I Enjoy the Variety of Life..do You?