March Is National Nutrition Month, a good time to focus on the special dietary challenges of seniors who are living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
What happens when you agree to provide care for an elderly parent, but your relationship with Mom or Dad has been difficult?
Did you know that seniors today consume more alcohol than their counterparts of previous generations? This can put their health at serious risk.
These powerful world leaders both struggled with cognitive decline.
You've always held a holiday party at your house, but now Mom has been diagnosed with dementia. Should you skip it this year?
Music offers powerful emotional, intellectual and even physical benefits for people with memory loss. But experts caution that this therapy needs to be tailored to the person.
Many seniors who notice problems with memory and thinking are inclined to downplay the situation. Here's why that's not a good idea.
Brain games are a billion-dollar industry today. But do they really help us improve our memory and thinking?
The number of seniors living with Alzheimer's continues to climb—yet the percentage seems to be trending downward. What's behind this unexpected but welcome news?
The need to spend time with others is a powerful human need, even when a person is living with memory loss.
People with dementia often experience poor sleep. Could the opposite also be true?
Families often are confused about whether a loved one's Alzheimer’s disease is "in the genes."
Women live longer—but that's not the only reason they are at higher risk of developing serious memory loss.
Dancing offers physical, mental and social benefits, which makes it a great form of brain exercise.
Apathy is a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease. What can families do when a loved one seems withdrawn from the world around them?
Online games go viral to help researchers dispel myths about aging brains.
Studies reveal alternatives to the antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs that have often been prescribed for people with Alzheimer's and related conditions.
Family caregivers do so much for their loved ones that they sometimes neglect their own health—and that could put them at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.
While the rate continues to increase in some countries, studies suggest that Americans are making lifestyle choices that lower their risk.
The risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases as we grow older. How can we prevent these potentially catastrophic events?
Is telling the truth always the best policy? Professional geriatric care managers offer advice on a sensitive subject.
Brain imaging shows that despite the presence of physical changes normally associated with dementia, some people remain mentally sharp.
When a person is living with Alzheimer's disease or a related condition, family caregivers are often troubled by changes in the way their loved one acts. These changes, sometimes referred to as "behaviors" or "negative behaviors," are better considered for what they truly are: expressions of the person's needs, as distorted by the effects of the disease. Empathy and understanding that there may be a rational reason behind seemingly irrational actions helps caregivers devise strategies for preserving their loved one's safety and dignity while making things easier for family.
September is World Alzheimer's Month. Alzheimer's Disease International sponsors this recognition event to call attention to the global impact of Alzheimer's, which knows no boundaries.
A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler may soon be a common tool for helping detect early-stage Alzheimer's disease. The Journal of the Neurological Sciences recently published a University of Florida study that used peanut butter to test for loss of smell in patients with suspect cognitive and memory impairment.
As reported in the November 2012 issue of the Caring Right at Home e-newsletter, the majority of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and related conditions are living at home with the support of spouses, adult children and others who step in to serve as caregivers. Is living at home the best environment for these patients? And how do families cope with their loved one's increasing needs?
A common misperception is that most people with Alzheimer’s disease live in nursing homes or other care facilities. While supportive living communities provide a safe living environment for many people with dementia, the majority live at home, supported by our nation’s 15 million Alzheimer’s family caregivers.
The STARZ Channel series "Boss," starring actor Kelsey Grammer, was the first time many Americans had ever heard of Lewy body dementia. In his Golden Globe-winning performance, Grammer portrayed the fictional Mayor Tom Kane of Chicago, who was struggling with the effects of the disease.
Has your memory failed you today, such as struggling to recall a word that's "on the tip of your tongue?" If so, you're not alone.
A recent report from Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) focused on negative attitudes about the disease and the impact on people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, as well as the effect on their families.