Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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The Video Respite series provides you with a video tool to improve the quality of life for the person or the people in your care while providing you with a way to improve your own quality of life by providing a respite from the challenges of caring.

Can Turmeric Cure Alzheimer's Disease?

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Turmeric has been used as a spice and a medicine for millennia. It is one of the main ingredients  in Indian curry, and is a major component in the traditional Chinese and Indian medicine systems. Turmeric has been called a super food and a super spice. Now we have evidence that turmeric can protect us against Alzheimer's and certain other brain disorders.

Can We Remember Lost Memories

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Neuroscientists are finding experimental evidence that we may be able to remember lost memories. In a study at MIT, mice were made to forget a certain task by the introduction of a toxic protein used mimics Alzheimer's disease in experimental subjects. By then putting the mice into a sensory-rich environment the mice regained the ability to complete the forgotten task. The stimulation rewired the brain to remember the lost memory!

Hogewey Dementia Village | The Future of Dementia Care?

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Hogewey, located in the Netherlands, is the only care facility of it's kind in the world and is home to over 150 people with severe dementia.  Started by 2 nurses who feared having to put their own parents in a traditional nursing home, 'Dementia Village' is a place where residents live a seemingly normal life, but are actually being watched by caregivers at all times. Residents are free to roam around, visiting shops, getting their hair done or being active in one of the 25 clubs available at Hogewey.

Hope On The Horizon

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Some of the latest developments in dementia research, care practices, and treatment.
Researchers in the U.K. have found declining dementia rates over two decades

Conditions That Mimic Alzheimer's (Why Early Diagnosis is Important)

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There are many reasons to get an early and accurate diagnosis if you suspect dementia. Included: treatment is sometimes more effective when started early, early diagnosis gives one time to get affairs in order, and diagnosis might be more accurate if done early. Most importantly, there are many diseases and conditions that mimic Alzheimer's disease as well as the symptoms associated with most other causes of dementia. Many of these are treatable and even curable!

Dolls as Therapy for Dementia

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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.

Seniors Targeted by Con Artists and Swindlers

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Millions of people fall victim to scams each year, including an increasing amount of seniors who are especially targeted. Scammers are becoming more savvy and refined with their fraudulent measures, so it is more important than ever to identity the scams before becoming a victim.
Lifestyle choices reduce plaques and tangles

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

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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.

Music and the Brain

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Imaging technologies like the fMRI, the EEG, SPECT scan, and the CT PET scan allow us to watch electrical activity and blood flow in the brain as it responds to different stimuli and situations. One thing we are learning is there is a special connection between music and the brain.
Clothing that is easy to put on and take off can extend a person's independence.

Adaptive Clothing for Alzheimer's Dementia

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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.

Brain Plasticity and Alzheimer's Disease - a Key to Treatment

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Until very recently the mature brain was thought to be relatively immutable. 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.
Protect Against Alzheimer's - We Can Do It

Cure Alzheimer's Disease

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In January of 2011 , President Obama signed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act into law. The act calls for a coordinated national effort to attack the disease and improve care. The President has increased funding for Alzheimer’s research every year since.  Much of the rest of the world has adopted similar programs and increased their own budgets to combat this coming epidemic.
Leaky blood brain barrier may be responsible for Alzheimer's disease.

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

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Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, researchers in the Netherlands have found what they believe to be a connection between a leaky blood brain barrier (BBB) and Alzheimer's disease.  According to their report a team of investigators saw a significantly higher rate of leakage in the BBB in people who had early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease than in normal, healthy adults. These findings could give us a powerful tool in our search for a cure.