Friday, April 18, 2014

Stem cells offer potential pathway to treat Alzheimer's disease


The brain is protected by a system called the blood-brain-barrier that restricts access of cells, proteins, and drugs to the brain.

Alzheimer's Reading Room

Brain Activity, Neural Actiity

UC Irvine neurobiologists have found that genetically modified neural stem cells show positive results when transplanted into the brains of mice with the symptoms and pathology of Alzheimer's disease.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My New Dementia Friends and Family


After lunch, they tend to stay at the table enjoying each other’s company. Last week they invited to me sit with them. It was an honor.

Marilyn Raichle
Alzheimer's Reading Room

When Mom moved to Assisted Living, I, like most people, breathed a sigh of relief. She was safe and she was lucky enough to be in a supportive and nurturing environment that kept her engaged and active.

Alzheimer's Love

And like many, I dutifully visited her—about once a week.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Marie Answers, Can Gifts Bring Joy to a Person Living With Dementia?


Everyone loves getting presents and people living with Alzheimer’s are no exception.

Marie Marley Alzheimer's Reading Room


I originally learned about the importance of gift giving from my beloved Romanian life partner, Ed. It started one time when I took him a pair of new shoes.

When he put them on, he immediately exclaimed, “These are the most beautiful shoes I’ve ever had.”

They weren’t especially beautiful. They were just an ordinary pair of black Dr. Scholl’s with Velcro fasteners. But to him they were special.

Then one day on a whim and against my better judgment I bought a little yellow stuffed chick for Ed. I was afraid he would be insulted that I took him a child’s toy, but decided to try it anyway.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Accepting Alzheimer’s - Why Being Cloaked In Denial Doesn’t Help


It’s not easy to accept the void created when someone you have known for decades may no longer know you, when their memory fades into an abyss and their reality is anything but real.

+Elaine Pereira
Alzheimer's Reading Room +


There are many diseases and medical conditions that we fear: a diagnosis of cancer, heart attack, stroke and many more of course.

Most conditions have at least some treatment or lifestyle management options, however there are exceptions. And one of those “exceptions” is Alzheimer’s.

Quoting Dr. Oz, “Soon there will be two kinds of people in the world. Persons that have Alzheimer’s and persons that know someone that has Alzheimer’s.”

If we’re not already there, we will be very soon. And, being brutally honest, Alzheimer’s is a fatal, progressive, neurological disease from which no one recovers.

It’s not easy to accept the void created when someone you have known for decades may no longer know you, when their memory fades into an abyss and their reality is anything but real.