2015 Alzheimer’s Statistics

EDITOR: These stats are from Alzheimers.net, an online community dedicated to education, advocacy and supporting those whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Alzheimers.net was created by people touched by Alzheimer’s to give caregivers, those with Alzheimer’s a place to share our passion for change and a cure for the disease. I added a short section Read More …

Research Funding and Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Is there hope for Alzheimer’s disease? This past week NOVA aired Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped? (watch below) The program covered research funded by drug companies as they race to cure Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The profit potential from discovering a breakthrough cure, as noted at the beginning, is well into the Billions. Sadly, a treatment without a cure may be Read More …

Amyloid Plaques and Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease affects millions of Americans, but right now, there isn’t a known cure. Researchers in Connecticut, however, suggest that the solution might lie in understanding the gooey protein that builds up in brains of Alzheimer’s patients. That’s how WNPR introduced an article on Alzheimer’s Prevention: Understanding Malicious Brain Proteins. Modern Health Talk has spent a lot of time covering sleep issues Read More …

Sleep Problems in Dementia

Sleep problems are common in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. They are also a common source of tension for family caregivers, because when your spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s doesn’t sleep well, this often means that you don’t sleep well. To make matters even worse, not getting enough sleep can worsen the behavior and mindset of someone with dementia. Of course, Read More …

“Just Keep Holding On” – song about Coping & Alzheimer’s

Tom Janicik and Patricia Mock’s song titled “Just Keep Holding On” was inspired by the impact of Alzheimer’s on both of their Mom’s and their family’s lives. If I get too carried away by a new home health care technology, this video can remind me of its purpose. Thanks to Tom & Patricia for producing it. You can find other Read More …

Don’t Just Blame Dementia

By Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W., Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University’s schools of social work and public health (reprinted from Huffington Post, 4/3/11) After a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, subsequent emotional, mental, cognitive, and behavioral problems are usually blamed on the disease. Other possible reasons including behavioral disorders such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse or Read More …

Here’s My Top 10 Healthcare Issues. What’s Yours?

I recently contributed to a Linkedin discussion of Telehealth and how it could impact Seniors and Less-mobile Patients. I was asked to join in because my digital home and telecom technology perspective adds to that of medical practitioners, and I took the opportunity to share my top 10 list of healthcare issues from a home healthcare perspective. I crafted the Read More …

Obamacare: What’s at Stake if it’s Repealed

By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services More than three years ago, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act and President Obama signed it into law. Last year, the Supreme Court upheld it. Millions of Americans have already benefited from its provisions, and millions more are looking forward to benefits that will soon go into effect. And in November, Read More …

White House Healthy Aging Policy Brief

Healthy Aging Policy Brief  By White House Conference on Aging staff, 4/10/2015 Older Americans are calling for a shift in the way we think and talk about aging. Rather than focusing on the limitations of aging, older adults across the nation want to focus instead on the opportunities of aging. Older adults are seeking ways to maximize their physical, mental, and Read More …

The Best Smartphone Apps for Caregivers

By Glenn Randolph Caregivers have a demanding job that can be downright overwhelming at times. These days, many caregivers are using modern mobile smartphone apps to do their jobs more effectively. Smartphone apps can be used for countless purposes, such as scheduling, looking up pertinent health information, identifying pills and so much more. What are the best smartphone apps for caregivers? Here Read More …

How a Specialist Nurse can Help with Dementia

By Rohit Agarwal Dementia is a series of mental illnesses, sadly most of which are seen as incurable. One of the most commonly found dementia case is Alzheimer’s, which comprises of about 75% of all dementia patients. Dementia has a direct effect on a person’s ability to think and reason. It also affects the patient’s short term memory and basic problem Read More …

Enjoy Aging! And What’s Going On With Your Body

Enjoy Aging! By Alfred Stallion Aging is a fact of life and part of this is a change in your body’s ability to handle certain tasks, an increase in vulnerability to illness, and a variety of other conditions that can affect your ability to do things that were once straightforward. By understanding the natural changes that occur in your body with age, Read More …

What is a Sleep Economist?

By Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk and Sleep Economist at Intelligent Sleep What is a Sleep Economist? I’m a sleep economist. At least that’s how I present myself when I talk about the economic impact and benefits of sleep, and the science of Intelligent Sleep. But what does that mean? Let me explain. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Read More …

Where’s Real Reform in Health Care?

The Patient Accountability and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a reasonable first step in health reform, but much more needs to be done. That’s primarily because Obamacare is still dependent on health insurance, which turned health care into an industry that profits from the perverse incentives of treating patients as paying customers. This health care industry  often works to keep patients as Read More …

What’s new in Smart Home technology?

By Alex Lane (original article: What is a Smart Home? Samsung’s NaviBot S can clean the low places) The original Smart Home device has to be the Teasmade, and the textbooks say that a smart home is one that uses home networking technology and your internet connection to automate and simplify everyday living. It’s the use of networking and broadband connections Read More …

Brianna’s Smart House

I just returned from CES 2013, the big consumer electronics show, where I learned about the latest in health & wellness technologies and home automation products that can serve seniors and the disabled and support aging in place, when I saw this story on KCBD News Channel 11. They’ve been following the story of Brianna Graves, an active little girl Read More …

Poverty in America — it’s not what you think.

As our presidential candidates debate the issues, what will they say about Poverty in America? And how do they plan to address the problem?   The Line is an important documentary that cover the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like Read More …

Jim’s Place, an Assistive Technology Lab at St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa has a unique Assistive Technology Lab that’s doing some special things to help people with different disabilities. It’s part of a Masters in Occupational Therapy curriculum that teaches students how to improve lives, and I’m happy to feature the program in this article and its attached video. Assistive technology is anything used to increase, Read More …

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue America’s Healthcare

I encourage you to watch the “Must See” documentary, “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue America’s Healthcare” (trailer below). It won several awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and was described as “An Inconvenient Truth for the healthcare debate” (The Village Voice). Over two million people watched when it aired for free on CNN in March.