Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Memory Loss Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease Reversed

Since it was first described more than 100 years ago Alzheimer’s disease has been without an effective treatment. Is this about to change?

By Alzheimer's Reading Room

What is the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia

  • In the first, small study of a novel, personalized and comprehensive program to reverse memory loss, nine of 10 participants, displayed subjective or objective improvement in their memories beginning within 3-to-6 months after the program’s start. 
  • Of the six patients who had to discontinue working or were struggling with their jobs at the time they joined the study, all were able to return to work or continue working with improved performance. 
  • Improvements have been sustained, and as of this writing the longest patient follow-up is two and one-half years from initial treatment. 
  • These first ten included patients with memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), or subjective cognitive impairment (SCI; when a patient reports cognitive problems). One patient, diagnosed with late stage Alzheimer’s, did not improve.
The study, which comes jointly from the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging,
  • is the first to suggest that memory loss in patients may be reversed, and improvement sustained, using a complex, 36-point therapeutic program that involves comprehensive changes in diet, brain stimulation, exercise, optimization of sleep, specific pharmaceuticals and vitamins, and multiple additional steps that affect brain chemistry.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dotty Lived Her Life Despite Dementia, You Can Do it Too

A lack of social stimulation is harmful for people with dementia. It exaggerates the impact of the condition, can lead to depression, and it encourages them to withdraw into themselves.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dotty at the Banana Boat, Boynton Beach, Florida
That's Dotty in the sunglasses, at the Banana Boat.

Are Alzheimer's Caregivers the Forgotten?

I meet and talk to Alzheimer's caregivers all the time. It is not unusual for them to tell me that as time goes on, and as Alzheimer's worsens, one by one their family and friends fade away.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Are Alzheimer's Caregivers the Forgotten?
One issue that really frustrates me is the treatment of Alzheimer's care partners.

Most Alzheimer's caregivers hear people tell them how wonderful they are for taking care of their loved one.

As a caregiver, I learned to appreciate these compliments. They help, they really do.

However, if you have a loved one, family member, or friend that is an Alzheimer's caregiver and all you do is tell them what a great job they are doing -- it is not enough.

Many Alzheimer's caregivers are forgotten by family and friends.

This is a sad truth that is rarely discussed.

This is understandable -- Alzheimer's is scary and disconcerting. It is hard to accept, hard to understand, and hard to watch as it progresses.

Monday, September 29, 2014

8 Dementia Care Tips When Patient Sleeps All Day, Stays Up All Night

I once worked with a woman who had odd sleeping habits. She had Alzheimer’s disease and had a lot of difficulty staying asleep all night.

By +Rachael Wonderlin 
Alzheimer's Reading Room

8 Dementia Care Tips When Patient Sleeps All Day, Stays Up All Night

Thanks to my challenging hours during graduate school, the only time I could work was at night. I’d go to her house around 8:00 PM, help her get ready for bed at 10:00 PM, and then go to sleep myself.

Throughout the night, she would wake up maybe two to five times. On a five-time night, it was tough. She had a motion sensor under her bed that would sound when her feet hit the floor. Ding, dong. Ding, dong. It was loud and sounded like a doorbell. Ding, dong.

I can still hear the noise in my head when I think about it, because it always shook me out of sleep in the most dramatic way.

In fact, it was tough to sleep there at all. My brain was on high alert, even as I dreamed: would she need my help tonight?

How often?