Alzheimer’s Statistics

EDITOR: These [reposted 2015] 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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

“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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

15 Home Safety Tips for Care Givers of Dementia Sufferer

Guest article by A.E.Churba, A.E.Churba Design, LLC Dementia is a brain disorder that causes behavioral changes and changes in mental cognition for those living with the disease. Those living with dementia, a debilitating disease that includes the more readily recognized term Alzheimer’s disease, tend to lose the ability to remember names, arrange thoughts coherently and forget their current surroundings. As Read More …

BRAINCHANGE with David Perlmutter M.D.

Our local PBS channel (KLRU.org) today aired BRAINCHANGE, a special on Alzheimer’s Prevention that featured Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D. Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist who gained much of his knowledge about brain science from his dad, who was a practicing neurosurgeon and now has Alzheimer’s. That experience gave him even more motivation to understand why Americans have such a high rate Read More …

Long-term Care – 11 Myths and Facts

Most people over 65 will need some kind of help with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or moving around. The need for such help can stem from a chronic illness or the natural decline of eyesight, hearing, strength, balance, and mobility that comes with aging. It’s never too early, or too late, to start planning for Read More …

Concussion Awareness

By Thomas Barnet, Rehab Tech at Waccamaw Community Hospital Concussion Awareness. What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is usually caused by a sudden and/or forceful blow to the head or surrounding area. Concussions range in severity and are often described by their most blatant acute (short-term) symptom, unconsciousness. While athletes may Read More …

The Need & Positive Effects of Restorative Sleep

By Wayne Caswell Sleep deprivation has become a terrifying problem in our on-the-go society, where working more and sleeping less can be seen as a badge of honor. But even nodding off momentarily can have disastrous results, as we saw in graphic news reports of the December Bronx Metro-North train derailment.  “I was in a daze,” engineer William Rockerfeller told investigators Read More …

Music as Medicine

I’ll be home for Christmas Henry has Alzheimer’s and lives in a nursing home, and is mostly unresponsive and depressed, but watch what happens when he’s introduced to music. The part of the brain that recognizes music is usually one of the last parts affected by Alzheimer’s disease; but not only does the music awaken that part; it improves Henry’s communication and Read More …

Aging and Brain Science

This article explores advances in neural engineering research and is based on my interview with Dr. Metin Akay, Founding Chairman of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. His discipline unites the fields of engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics with cellular, molecular, cognitive and behavioral neurosciences. Read More …

In Sickness and in Health, till Death do us part

I’ve written occasionally about Medical Ethics and the misalignment of incentives that pay doctors & hospitals for treating symptoms rather than keeping us well. As we consider reforms to contain runaway deficit spending, we must come to grips with many ethical questions. Since individual choices can determine our health and well being, and therefore the cost of care, we’re less Read More …

Can Fall Monitoring Technology Keep Elders Safe?

By Rein Tideiksaar Ph.D., PA-C The most effective way for elders and/or their caregivers to address the issue of falling is to: First, visit the doctor and find out why a loved one is at risk or why falls are occurring (remember that falls are not normal but may represent an underlying health condition requiring investigation). Second, after fall risk factors Read More …