Jan 16

Can Hormone Therapy Decrease the Risk of Dementia?

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK Introducing hormone treatment for women in early stages of menopause might help decrease their risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. For women, a drop in hormones during midlife may have some influence on developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Also, general brain volume gradually declines with advancing age, but the decline is […]

Sep 26

Hints That Lifestyle Changes May Guard Against Dementia

Story by LAURAN NEERGAARD Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off dementia. A provocative report in the British journal Lancet earlier this year raised the prospect that a third of […]

Sep 26

A Merry Little Christmas: Make the Holidays the Best for Loved Ones with Dementia

Story by THOMAS PLANK Bright lights, laughter and chaos in the kitchen and dining room, screams of joyous excitement and the constant low rumble of happy conversation. New people coming in the door, cold air trailing behind, children running inside and outside, teenagers doing their best impressions of being an adult. Ham sizzling in the […]

Jun 30

How to help Alzheimer’s patients enjoy life

Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable condition progresses, we’re told time and again. Yet, a sizable body of research suggests this […]

May 4

Alzheimer’s: Know the Warning Signs

by Mindy Renfro The days go by faster, my body doesn’t always “rise to the occasion” and my keys – where did I put my keys? Aging certainly beats the alternative, but is certainly not for the weak. Of course, aging equals living longer – a very good thing – but presents many new challenges to each of us.

Dec 22

Aging with Dementia: Housing Considerations

By: JENNIFER CROWLEY, RN CLCP MSCC Long-term care planning can be challenging but is one of the most important tasks to be completed for anyone living with Dementia.  One step required when planning for long-term care includes a review of housing options. Statistically, most Americans have a strong desire to remain in their own home […]