Posts Tagged ‘people with Alzheimer’s disease’

Caregivers For Relatives With Alzheimer's Need Support

Caregivers For Relatives With Dementia Need Support

Caring for a family member with a debilitating illness such as dementia can be an exhausting responsibility. Nearly 65 million Americans provide the day-to-day needs of ailing family members at least 20 hours weekly, according to AARP. Of those, 15 million take care of people with Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that results in loss of memory […]

Tips on How to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Tips on How to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia is a term used to describe the loss of intellectual and social skills serious enough to interfere with daily living and functioning. There are several causes of dementia, but the most common cause (found in 50-60% of cases) is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease affects five percent of the population, aged 65 to 74 years, […]


Treatment Options For People With Alzheimer’s Disease

There are more than 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia, and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after being diagnosed, though some survive up to 20 years depending on their age and other health conditions. […]


Brush Your Teeth: Dental Health Linked To Dementia Risk

People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a U.S. study. Researchers at the University of California who followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year-period found that those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day […]


Elderly Brains Get A Boost From Dark Chocolate

Eating dark chocolate every day may improve thinking abilities in people with mild cognitive impairment, according to a new study. Researchers enlisted older adults to consume either low, moderate or high amounts of flavanols in a cocoa-based beverage every day for eight weeks, and a link was found between the higher amounts of flavanols and […]

Helping Alzheimer's Patients Stay Independent

Helping Those With Alzheimer’s Disease Stay Independent

A new study shows that caregivers may be unintentionally robbing those with Alzheimer’s of their independence and self-worth. According to a researcher at the University of Alberta, while caregivers — whether family members or professionals — may just want to help, they often take over tasks that the person with Alzheimer’s is more than capable […]

Exercise Therapy May Benefit People With Alzheimer's

Q & A With Dr. Colin Hoobler: Exercise Therapy May Benefit People With Alzheimer’s Disease

Dear Colin: I read that physical therapy can help people with Alzheimer’s disease. Is this true? How? My 71-year-old dad has been showing a steady decline since being diagnosed four years ago, and we’re looking for credible ways to help him. — Betty from Vancouver, Washington There is research suggesting exercise therapy, a specific form […]


Treatment May Halt Alzheimer’s Disease Progression

A small study of a treatment that stabilized four Alzheimer’s patients for three years is making big waves. It’s not often that a study of a drug being tested in fewer than two dozen people grabs the attention of top experts gathered for a major medical meeting. But that is what’s happening at the Alzheimer’s Association International […]