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Traveling with an Alzheimers Patient

Traveling with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia requires flexibility, foresight and the ability to set realistic expectations.


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Cinnamon beats Alzheimers

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Professor Daniel Fung, an expert in food science at Kansas State University, says cinnamon contains a compound that has the ability to kill bacteria. "If cinnamon can knock out E.coli 0157:H7, one of the most virulent food-borne microorganisms that exists today, it will certainly have antimicrobial effects on other common food-borne bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter."

 

Now researchers from Tel Aviv University found that extracts from cinnamon bark inhibit the toxic amyloid polypeptide oligomers and fibrils that have been found in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) brain plaque formations. In animal models of Alzheimer's, cinnamon reduced s-amyloid plaques associated with the pathology of AD.

 

Reduction of these proteins can improve mental cognition. In one model, cinnamon extract resolved AD associate reduced longevity, helped recover locomotion defects and completely abolished tetrameric species of plaque in the brain.

 

Other benefits of cinnamon are: anti-microbial actions, blood sugar balancing, improving colon health, boosting brain function.


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Storytelling and Reminiscence Therapy for People with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia

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Knowing life stories will be critical for maintaining authentic, meaningful conversation and connection--especially if memories continue to fade. Essentially, we need to walk in someone's shoes and experience their past so that their can be greater understanding now and in the future.


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Fear dementia? Your diet, weight more important than genes, experts say

Fear dementia? Your diet, weight more important than genes, experts say | Sanborn Adult Day Center | Scoop.it
Anyone who has a close relative with Alzheimer's shares the same worry: Am I next?

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Early Signs of Alzheimers

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Proteins that appear before patients show symptoms of the disease could offer clues to the disease process.

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App wipes facebook timelines for a day to raise awareness for Alzheimers

App wipes facebook timelines for a day to raise awareness for Alzheimers | Sanborn Adult Day Center | Scoop.it

An awareness campaign for Alzheimer’s Disease International is asking people to donate their Facebook timeline in support of World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21st. By downloading an app, Facebook users will be able to experience how it feels to lose their memories for a day.

 

The app will lie dormant until September 21st when it will activate, wiping users’ memories from their timeline including pictures, status, videos, friends, etc. These will be replaced with a message that reads: “Imagine your life without memories. For 36 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease, this is reality.”

 

Nothing is actually removed from Facebook, and the information goes back to normal the next day. People can also share their support for the cause via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

 

Follow this link to activate the app:

http://www.alzheimerday2012.org/

 

[AS: This is absolutely brilliant. Congratulations to those responsible.]

 


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Dementia - Wikipedia

Dementia (taken from Latin) originally meaning madness, from de- (without) + ment, the root of mens (mind) is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal ageing. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population, it can occur before the age of 65, in which case it is termed "early onset dementia".[1]

Dementia is not a single disease, but a non-specific illness syndrome (i.e., set of signs and symptoms). Affected cognitive areas can be memory, attention, language, and problem solving. Normally, symptoms must be present for at least six months to support a diagnosis.[2] Cognitive dysfunction of shorter duration is called delirium. In all types of general cognitive dysfunction, higher mental functions are affected first in the process.

Especially in later stages of the condition, subjects may be disoriented in time (not knowing the day, week, or even year), in place (not knowing where they are), and in person (not knowing who they, or others around them, are). Dementia, though often treatable to some degree, is usually due to causes that are progressive and incurable, as observed in primary progressive aphasia (PPA).[3][4][5]

Dementia (taken from Latin, originally meaning "madness", from de- "without" + ment, the root of mens "mind") is a serious loss of cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population, it can occur before the age of 65, in which case it is termed "early onset dementia"


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New study evaluates link between physical activity in middle age and onset of dementia in later life

New study evaluates link between physical activity in middle age and onset of dementia in later life | Sanborn Adult Day Center | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress) -- Dementia and cognitive impairment are important public health issues, due to the morbidity associated with deteriorating memory, and the cost of caring for patients by both families and health services.

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