Sep 25, 2017

Alzheimer's Podcast - I Think About Alzheimer's Caregivers Daily (Health, Education)

Caring for a person living with Alzheimer's disease isn't easy. It is a 24 hour, 7 days a week job.

Quote Thinking about Alzheimer's Caregivers.

Did you ever ask your loved one living with Dementia where they went to first grade?

I did and much to my surprise my mother answered without hesitation - Saint Monica's.

Where did you go to first grade |

I had this conversation with my mother in 2010. To put this in context, Dotty first attended Saint Monica's in 1922. At the time of the conversation she was 93 years old; and, in the moderate to severe stage of Alzheimer's.

To learn more about this episode go to this article - I Had to Remind Myself - My Mom Was Deeply Forgetful - and look for the story about half way down the page.

Sep 21, 2017

4 Lessons I Learned About Alzheimer's Caregiving

I learned that people living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia are not the enemy, they are our loved one's.

I know how caregivers feel | Alzheimer's Reading Room
By Alzheimer's Reading Room

My name is Bob DeMarco. I am an Alzheimer's caregiver. I took care of my mother for 8 and a half years (3,112 days)  until the day she went to Heaven on May 25, 2012.  If you are a caregiver, I know how you feel.

I understand how you might be feeling each day. I understand because I lived it myself.

Sep 20, 2017

Vaccine and Oral Medication Being Investigated to Stop Alzheimer’s Years Before It Begins

The goal of the study described below is to find an effective medication or vaccine for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

The goal of the study is to find an effective medication or vaccine for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
By Alzheimer's Reading Room

The researchers are seeking adults 60 to 75 years of age with normal cognition who are interested in participating in a new study. Participants must undergo genetic testing for the apolipoprotein e4 (APOE4) gene, which is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

The thinking here is if a drug can be found to treat those most likely to develop Alzheimer's disease; then, it might also work to treat or delay the onset of Alzheimer's across a broader array of patients.

If a treatment were developed that could delay the onset of Alzheimer's for 5 years it would reduce the number of patients living with Alzheimer's by 50 percent.