Jun 25, 2017

What is the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia

Dementia isn't a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning.


Alzheimer's disease is the cause of dementia symptoms, dementia is a syndrome
The words Alzheimer's and dementia are often used interchangeably.

In fact, dementia is a syndrome and Alzheimer's disease is the cause of the symptoms.

When someone is told they have Alzheimer's or dementia, it means they have significant memory problems as well as other cognitive and behavioral issues.

Most of the time dementia is caused by Alzheimer's disease.


Jun 24, 2017

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Preserves Memory and Protects Brain Against Alzheimer's

Researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and tau tangles in the brain -- classic markers of Alzheimer's disease.


Researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability

The Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower incidence of dementia.
  • Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have identified a specific ingredient that protects against cognitive decline: extra-virgin olive oil, a major component of the Mediterranean diet.


Jun 22, 2017

How to Communicate with a Person Who is Deeply Forgetful

It is safe to say that less is more when communicating with a person who is deeply forgetful - a person living with Alzheimer's or related dementia.


You have to learn how to communicate with a person living with dementia.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

One thing I realized when I was caring for Dotty was that if I came up on her quickly and started talking fast she sometimes looked bewildered.

There I was talking away and it seemed like she had not yet realized where I came from.

Obviously, I was about three blocks down the street before she took her own first cognitive step.


Deeply Forgetful and a Whole Person

I started to think of my mother as deeply forgetful, not as an Alzheimer’s patient.


I started to think of my mother as deeply forgetful, not as an Alzheimer’s patient.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I was interviewed by Lori La Bey on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio. I had no real expectation going into the interview. I should have known better.

Lori caught me off guard when she asked me right up front to explain my construct of the deeply forgetful.