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When My World Became All Things Alzheimer's

When My World Became All Things Alzheimer's | Dementia | Scoop.it
“In all likelihood, you have mild cognitive impairment that will eventually lead to younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease, especially with your family’s history.” With that brief pronouncement, my worl...
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This is a really interesting blog written by a women whos husband has early onset Alzheimers. It is a intriguing read about the struggles of being a carer, and difficulties they face.  

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With Alzheimer's Comes Empathy

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But Alzheimer’s brings other kinds of emotional changes that aren’t as easily explained, as I learned from a study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers found for the first time that individuals with Alzheimer’s show a high level of ‘emotional contagion’, the unconscious ability to mimic another person’s emotions. And as the disease progresses, destroying more brain cells and cognitive skills, this emotional empathy gets stronger, allowing patients to become more sensitive — and more vulnerable — to the feelings, words, and behaviors of other people.

 

by Virginia Hughes


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Family doctors say the elderly resent dementia tests

Family doctors say the elderly resent dementia tests | Dementia | Scoop.it
GPs have been urged by ministers to refer older patients for tests, but there are concerns hundreds will be misdiagnosed, causing unnecessary worry for sufferers and their families.

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Experts: Prepare For Big Increase In Those Who Suffer From Dementia - CBS Local

Experts: Prepare For Big Increase In Those Who Suffer From Dementia - CBS Local | Dementia | Scoop.it
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Experts: Prepare For Big Increase In Those Who Suffer From Dementia
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DENVER (CBS4) – Those who study aging say we should prepare for a big increase in those who suffer from dementia.
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Test that can give two year warning of Alzheimer's

Test that can give two year warning of Alzheimer's | Dementia | Scoop.it
The combined brain scan and memory exam has a 90 per cent accuracy rate in determining whether people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) will go on to develop Alzheimer’s.
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135 Million People Worldwide Will Have Dementia by 2050: Report - U.S. News & World Report

135 Million People Worldwide Will Have Dementia by 2050: Report - U.S. News & World Report | Dementia | Scoop.it
135 Million People Worldwide Will Have Dementia by 2050: Report
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The new policy brief also predicts a shift in the worldwide distribution of dementia cases, from the richest nations to middle- and low-income countries.
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Life-saving pets: Dogs that calm Alzheimer's patients

Life-saving pets: Dogs that calm Alzheimer's patients | Dementia | Scoop.it

Pets are therapeutic for those with Alzheimer's and dementia, experts say.

 

According to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, therapy dogs can provide important comfort, companionship, and a sense of connection for those isolated by Alzheimer's and dementia.

 

One dog, a prizewinning golden retriever named James, has been calming residents in the dementia units at the Birmingham Green Nursing Home and Assisted Living facility for several years since he became a therapy dog after retiring from dog shows.


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I think this is a lovely fact about the effects that dogs have on Alzheimer's sufferers. I have seen the effects first hand. It is beautiful to witness. 

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rom capalbo's comment, March 15, 2013 9:28 AM
caring.com is helpful, and not oppinenated
rom capalbo's comment, March 21, 2013 9:38 AM
this is good because it shows actual cases of older alzheimer patients that positivley benefited from dogs and their diease
Sandy Spencer's curator insight, September 1, 2013 7:17 PM

Remind me of Rick Phelps and his sweet dog. http://bit.ly/alzheimers-support

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Can Chocolate Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s?

Can Chocolate Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s? | Dementia | Scoop.it

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I'm very excited to hear this news. 

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Brain Imaging Drugs May Help Detect Dementia

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From Columbus' Home Instead Senior Care blog.One of the difficulties associated with dementia lies in getting an early and accurate diagnosis. Often, the condition progresses to a serious stage before it is identified.

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Sandy Spencer's curator insight, December 6, 2013 11:52 AM

This is so true. My mom was probably way into middle stage before we had her tested for dementia. Since she was in her early 80's we blamed everything on regular aging. The earlier the diagnosis comes, the sooner medication can begin and may slow the progression of Alzheimer's / dementia. http://free-alzheimers-support.com

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Omega-3s cross blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer's patients - Medical News Today

Omega-3s cross blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer's patients - Medical News Today | Dementia | Scoop.it
Omega-3s cross blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer's patients
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The blood-brain barrier protects the brain from harmful chemicals in the blood, but it also blocks drugs from reaching it.
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New dementia 'map' will help tackle NHS care blackspots | Health ...

New dementia 'map' will help tackle NHS care blackspots | Health ... | Dementia | Scoop.it
HUNDREDS of thousands of dementia sufferers across Britain are being failed by the NHS, a damning new report has revealed.
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