Dementia and Alzheimer’s care resources for seniors, family caregivers

Dementia and Alzheimer’s care resources for seniors and family members – blog articles on dementia signs, symptoms, FAQs, cost of care, care options, stages of Alzheimer’s disease, home care for dementia patients, memory care communities.

Today Alzheimer’s disease is considered to be one of the most common causes of dementia and is estimated to be impacting around 5.3 million Americans. It is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that destroys brain nerve cells and disrupts the memory and thinking skills of the patient.  Although scientists still do not know what causes it, they believe […]

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Although seniors and the elderly are the largest growing population in the US, they are also one of the most isolated lot. They may be aware of their medical issues like blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, but are hardly concerned about the social issues of their lives and rarely do they give any significance to socialization that is probably […]

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Human beings require calcium for signal and muscle contradiction and to build and maintain skeletons. Aging, even in the healthy elderly, reduces muscle mass and muscle strength leading to a functional impairment. It is important in a number of physiologic processes, including calcium absorption, innate and adaptive immunity and homeostasis of a number of organs. The […]

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Update 06/15/2014: Casey Kasem died early Sunday, June 15, 2014. “The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian,” his children Kerri, Mike, and Julie Kasem said in a statement. The wife of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem was served Friday with a California court order that temporarily suspends her powers to determine her […]

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What is the Lewy body dementia (DLB)? Lewy body disease is a kind of dementia.  It usually is because of the degeneration in the brain cells and is a decline in the cognitive abilities like thinking, memory, language etc. It is not a rare disease.  In fact it is estimated that it affects around 1.3 million […]

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Researchers have long trodden the paths to discover the ways to slow down and control the progression of Alzheimer’s disease but all their endeavors have been in vain.  Undoubtedly there have been a few prescription drugs and medications available; nothing has proven to be a potential treatment as of now. In December 2013 JAMA (the […]

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For all of us Mother’s Day is all about celebrating and honoring those influential individual’s who gave birth to us, sacrificed for us, supported us in every way and shaped up our identity. It is a day to rejoice and celebrate the life of our mothers but for some of us it can become more […]

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Hopes for an Alzheimer’s treatment took a big blow this week when Baxter International announced the failure of the late-stage or the Phase III  clinical study of its antibody medicine, Gammagard.  For the past year and a half, Gammagard seemed like a major breakthrough drug in halting the mental decline of Alzheimer’s patients and had […]

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As Alzheimer’s or other dementia patients lose one ability after another, their caregivers face tests of stamina, problem-solving, and resiliency. It is crucial for caregivers to maintain their emotional and physical fitness. When finding caregivers through a home care agency, it is important to follow certain steps and evaluate certain factors to make sure that […]

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As discussed in the previous blog post on Choosing Home-care for Seniors with Dementia, it is important to carefully evaluate caregivers for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia to ensure adequate care. As the symptoms of dementia progress in seniors, they may need more care than can be provided at home. Deciding on moving a senior […]

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A new Dutch study concludes that older adults taking psychiatric medications are at higher risk of falling. Out of 400 older people whose medical histories were compared, there was a higher rate of multiple falls among those taking antidepressants, antipsychotics, and short-acting benzodiazepines. Though there are physical and environmental reasons that people fall, the side […]

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