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Caring for Alzheimer's: How Three Couples Cope - Wall Street Journal

Caring for Alzheimer's: How Three Couples Cope - Wall Street Journal | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
More than half of Alzheimer’s patients are cared for by a loved one. Three caregivers talk about the physical and emotional toll as the disease progresses.

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Sandy Spencer's curator insight, April 6, 2015 11:02 PM

Coping with a spouse who has dementia can be one of the most difficult to do. Intimacy changes and puts a strain on both partners.

http://www.free-alzheimers-support.com

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Is Alzheimer's Inherited? - Alzheimers Support

Is Alzheimer's Inherited? - Alzheimers Support | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
Is Alzheimer's inherited and when will I get it?

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With Alzheimer's some Can Not Organize - Clothes, Money, Bills - Alzheimers Support

With Alzheimer's some Can Not Organize - Clothes, Money, Bills - Alzheimers Support | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it

With Alzheimer's some can not Organize their clothes, money or bills.Whether they realize it or not, someone needs to help with everyday living.


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MindStart on Twitter

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5 items to spark conversations and smiles in visits with #dementia http://bit.ly/ItemsforAlzheimerVisits … @sandy_whelan @alzjourney4m @nancywurtzel
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Those with Alzheimer's Dementia often Yearn for Childhood Home - Alzheimers Support

Those with Alzheimer's Dementia often Yearn for Childhood Home - Alzheimers Support | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
Those with Alzheimer's dementia may yearn for Childhood Home

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What can you do to prevent dementia?

What can you do to prevent dementia? | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
It’s a condition that could strike any one of us, and there is still no cure. But evidence suggests that changing your lifestyle can help to reduce your risk
The longer we live, the more likely we are to develop dementia.

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Helpful app for people with dementia

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Bangor University is providing expertise to support the development and effectiveness of 'Book of You', an 'app' being welcomed as having the potential to revolutionise reminiscence therapy for people with dementia.

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A Strange Thing Happened in the world of Alzheimer's and Dementia - Alzheimers Support

A Strange Thing Happened in the world of Alzheimer's and Dementia - Alzheimers Support | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
In the land of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, sometimes strange things happen that you may never understand! My Mom was a shopper. She had always been a shopper. Once Mom came to live with us, we had a “pretend” shopping trip at least once a week.

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German Publishers Use Oldies And Pop-Up Books For Dementia Market

German Publishers Use Oldies And Pop-Up Books For Dementia Market | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
KARLSRUHE — Both of Annette Röser’s parents suffered from dementia, and she remembers a precious means of connecting with their hidden world was music.
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Recognizing Alzheimer's Cousin: Lewy Body Dementia - PsychCentral.com

Recognizing Alzheimer's Cousin: Lewy Body Dementia - PsychCentral.com | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
A new symptom comparison chart has just been issued by the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) that helps people recognize the differences between Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Alzheimer’s disease.
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LBD is probably much more common than people realize. 

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The Rising Costs of Dementia Care | Oakville Healthcare Connection

The Rising Costs of Dementia Care | Oakville Healthcare Connection | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
» The Rising Costs of Dementia Care | A Group Of Healthcare Professionals
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Health care costs continue to rise as Baby Boomers age. Are we prepared for the high cost?

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How an iPod Can Fight Alzheimer's - Daily Beast

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How an iPod Can Fight Alzheimer's
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About 80 percent of those have been segregated from the general population because they are living with Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia.
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Saving Grace - YouTube

Saving Grace Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Album: You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper (2005 Rounder Records) (Saving Grace: http://t.co/ABzHDHBGmv via @YouTube
Praying for those with Dementia and Alzheimer's..)...
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How to Respond to False Accusations by Someone with Alzheimer's Dementia - Alzheimers Support

How to Respond to False Accusations by Someone with Alzheimer's Dementia - Alzheimers Support | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it

How to respond to false accusations when the person with dementia is so certain you stole his new shoes.


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Eldercare 911: Fraud Prevention Tips | Home Health Care News

Eldercare 911: Fraud Prevention Tips | Home Health Care News | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
ElderCare 911 author Judie Rappaport gives advice to keep you safe from fraud. Thank you @Eldercare911 for the video!
http://t.co/r2wLltv2I2

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Elderly folks can be at risk of fraud and exploitation. Do you know how to protect your loved one?

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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? | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it

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It's not so difficult to fool someone if you are just asking general questions or talking about memories of the past. But do you know how to spot the signs?  How many times does your loved one give you a roundabout answer when you have asked a question? Or have they said things like I don't really keep up with the news? 

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@Sandy SpencerProSharing about Alzheimer's and Dementia in memory of my Mom, about COPD just for me. A few other interests include Sewing and Selling Online. I Enjoy the Variety in Life..do You?  13.6Kviews+151todayPeople sharing Sandy Williams Spenc's Interests@Troy Mccomas (troy48) @Donna MacPherson Lugar @Disabled World @Art JonesSandy Williams Spencer's InterestsHealth
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Antipsychotics Heart Attack Risk Among Elderly With Dementia

Antipsychotics Heart Attack Risk Among Elderly With Dementia | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it

A study reveals that antipsychotic drugs can increase the risk of heart attack in older patients with dementia.


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Do Statins cause dementia?

Do Statins cause dementia? | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it

Adults with no history of cognitive dysfunction treated with statins were included from high-quality randomized controlled trials and prospective cohort studies after formal bias assessment. Sixteen studies were included in qualitative & 11 in quantitative synthesis.

Short-term trials did not show a consistent effect of statin therapy on cognitive end points. Long-term cognition studies included 23,443 patients with a mean exposure duration of 3 to 24.9 years. Three studies found no association between statin use and incident dementia, and 5 found a favorable effect. Pooled results revealed a 29% reduction in incident dementia in statin-treated patients.

Conclusion In patients without baseline cognitive dysfunction, short-term data are most compatible with no adverse effect of statins on cognition, and long-term data may support a beneficial role for statins in the prevention of dementia.


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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, January 19, 2014 1:43 PM

Patients are understandably concerned that a medicine might cause problems with their ability to think and function as they age.  For proponents  (like me) of statin type cholesterol lowering medicines the long-term benefit of improved vascular health provided by statins is compelling.  The theoretical benefit on long term brain health from improved vascular health is also interesting but conflicts with some reports taht memory might be effected by statin use.  The authors from Johns Hopkins have provided a useful review of the literature and concluded that statins are neutral to positive for long term brain health and function, and may "support a beneficial role for statins in the prevention of dementia".

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Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients: MedlinePlus

Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients: MedlinePlus | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it

The medications are widely used to treat the delusions, hallucinations, agitation and aggression that occur in many people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that antipsychotic drugs have a significant risk of side effects, the study authors pointed out.


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We need to stop using these drugs when treating people with dementia. 

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, March 26, 2015 12:49 AM

In the study, the risk of death among patients taking antidepressants was lower than among those taking antipsychotics or valproic acid, but was still higher than among those who weren't taking any medications to treat dementia-related behavior problems.  #Seniors #Dementia #Alzheimers #Medication #Antipsychotics #Caregivers #Caregiving #SeniorCare

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Air pollution could increase risk of dementia

Air pollution could increase risk of dementia | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
New research suggests that living in towns and cities can increase the risk of brain shrinkage and silent strokes, both of which are linked to dementia

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Patrick Holford Tells Us Why Dementia and Alzheimer's Needs Addressing Now!

Patrick Holford Tells Us Why Dementia and Alzheimer's Needs Addressing Now! | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
This episode I was joined by the wonderful Patrick Holford to talk about Dementia and Alzheimer's. This irreversible disease needs to be addressed now and he talks us through why and exactly how to prevent it!
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7 Stages of Alzheimer's - 7 Levels of Dementia - Alzheimers Support

7 Stages of Alzheimer's - 7 Levels of Dementia - Alzheimers Support | DementiawithDignity | 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 Alzheimers is dementia.
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In Advanced Alzheimer’s, Too Many Medications | ALZinfo.org

In Advanced Alzheimer’s, Too Many Medications | ALZinfo.org | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
RT @FisherCenter: In Advanced Alzheimer’s, Too Many Medications http://t.co/sZ2SlBVOrI #alzheimers #dementia
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Alzheimer's: A 'memory suitcase' helps dementia - Telegraph.co.uk

Alzheimer's: A 'memory suitcase' helps dementia - Telegraph.co.uk | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Alzheimer's: A 'memory suitcase' helps dementia Telegraph.co.uk It is also a nominee in the Alzheimer's Society's first Dementia Friendly Awards, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group and supported by The Telegraph, which will be...
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Alzheimer’s and the Hygiene Hypothesis | ALZinfo.org

Alzheimer’s and the Hygiene Hypothesis | ALZinfo.org | DementiawithDignity | Scoop.it
RT @FisherCenter: Alzheimer’s and the Hygiene Hypothesis http://t.co/9oK4sZaO4K #alzheimers #dementia #immune response
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