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The Female Factor: Why Women Are More at Risk for Alzheimer’s

Scientists are finally starting to get a grip on the imbalance between Alzheimer’s diagnoses in women and men. Generally, up to 2/3 of those with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. are female, and as researchers begin to better understand the specific particulars behind this pattern, we are able to start to address the risk for Alzheimer’s. […]

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Senior Hygiene and Alzheimer’s: Creative Approaches to Avoid Resistance

Of the many struggles pertaining to providing care for a family member with dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association indicates that the most prevalent challenge is with maintaining senior hygiene, for various reasons: Reduced sense of vision and smell Comfort found in familiarity (for example, desiring to wear the same clothes over and over again) The difficulties […]

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Irrational Thoughts: Tips To Understand, Respond and Help Seniors

“I’m telling you, there’s a dog inside my closet! I hear it growling all night long. We’ve got to locate its owner!” Listening to an older family member voice worries like this that you are aware to be false is unsettling – yet not abnormal. The initial impulse might be to try and rationalize together […]

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Updates from the 2019 Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures Report

The Alzheimer’s Association has published its 2019 Facts and Figures Report, and with a staggering 5.8 million Americans presently diagnosed with the disease – including one out of every ten seniors – it is necessary for people to be familiar with the most up-to-date advancements in research and treatment options. According to the report, the […]

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Wise Advice Dementia Caregivers Wish They’d Known Sooner

At times, the best lessons in life come about through going through them firsthand; yet the wisdom we are able to glean from those who have traveled a comparable route before us is priceless. If you’re a dementia caregiver and becoming a bit overwhelmed in this uncharted territory, the suggestions below might help: A brief […]

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Get to Know the Main Alzheimer’s Meds & How They Help Manage the Disease

The latest Alzheimer’s data is worrying. The disease is now the sixth leading cause of death, rising above both breast cancer and prostate cancer put together. And even though deaths from several chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular illnesses, are decreasing, those from Alzheimer’s have escalated in excess of 100%. The toll the illness takes […]

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Yes, There Are Benefits to Aging!

A simple Google search for the term “aging” returns topics such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” and even “the cure to aging.” The pessimistic connotations to getting old are, regrettably, so deep-rooted in our culture that it’s anticipated that by 2021, we’ll be spending over $300 billion in anti-aging goods. […]

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How Elephants Are Helping Alzheimer’s Disease

The old adage, “An elephant never forgets,” is true: elephants really do have incredible memories, even into their old age. For example, they can recall and go back to very specific places decades after visiting them, irrespective of age. So what can we glean from elephants which may result in increasing our own brain performance […]

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Finding the Balance Between Safety and Independence With in-Home Care

It’s a conflict that develops for numerous families: older adults adamantly like to age in place in their own homes, while their family members worry about their well-being. And there’s a debate to be made in both cases. Seniors, especially those who live alone, encounter multiple risks: falls that could possibly result in serious injury, […]

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What NOT to Say When a Loved One Is Facing a Health Concern

Have you ever walked into the office or a get-together with friends or family and had someone say to you with great concern, “You really look tired today!” Even though you may have been feeling relatively perky prior to that moment, without warning you really DO feel exhausted and rundown. The words we speak to […]