Dolls as Therapy for Dementia

At a conference we attended recently we were able to spend some face time with Cindy and Darryl, creators of Serenity Babies. We had a really nice visit, as it has been a couple of years since we last saw them. They shared some tips for using dolls as therapy.

Lifestyle choices reduce plaques and tangles

UCLA Study Finds Certain Lifestyle Choices Reduce Plaques and Tangles in the Brain

A recent study found that certain lifestyle factors reduce the amount of amyloid plaque and fibrillary tangles in the brain. These plaques and tangles are always present in the Alzheimer’s affected brain. Diet & exercise.

Brain Plasticity and Alzheimer’s Disease – a Key to Treatment

Until very recently neurologists told us that the brain structure doesn’t change significantly following a “critical period” of development early in life; that actual brain growth and development ends after that critical period in our youth. Or so brain scientists thought…

Some new discoveries change the way we think about the mature brain.

Clothing that is easy to put on and take off can extend a person's independence.

Adaptive Clothing for Alzheimer’s Dementia

Several clothing manufacturers, including Tommy Hilfiger, are developing clothing designed to make it easier for people with a variety of disabilities to dress themselves, and help care providers to more easily and more effectively do their job.

Suggested Books For Caregivers

Leaky blood brain barrier may be responsible for Alzheimer's disease.

Leaky blood brain barrier may be responsible for Alzheimer’s disease

 According to their report a team of investigators in the Netherlands saw a significantly higher rate of leakage in the BBB in people who had early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease than normal. These findings could give us a powerful tool in our search for a cure.

Brainpaths for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Brainpaths® is a unique concept based on the fact that each of our fingertips contain more than 3000 nerve receptors that connect directly to our brains. As the grooves in the discs are traced repeatedly with the fingers, those receptors send messages to the somatosensory cortex in the parietal lobe of the brain.

Declining Dementia Rates

Amidst all of these dire forecasts, a recent study published in Nature Communications (April, 2016) reports declining dementia rates in England. These trends are being seen in other countries as well. And the researchers cannot attribute this downward trend to medical advances.

How Alzheimer's Affects Perception - this optical illusion illustrates how the brain determines what we see

How Alzheimer’s Affects Perception

Our sense organs are an extension of our brain.  It is through these specialized organs that we get information about our surroundings and about ourselves.  But Alzheimer’s affects perception in a way that makes understanding the world difficult.

Maple syrup alzheimer's | Picture of maple syrup and maple sugar candy.

Can Maple Syrup Cure Alzheimer’s?

Researchers are hopeful that the bioactive compounds available in maple syrup may prevent proteins in the brain from becoming entangled in a process called fibrillation. It is this fibrillation that creates amyloid plaques.