Feb 16, 2018

People with Alzheimer's Can Be Moody, Distrustful, Stubborn, Aggressive, Mean, and Discombobulated

People living with Alzheimer's or dementia can be moody, distrustful, stubborn, aggressive, and mean. Lets just say they become easily Discombobulated.


People with Alzheimer's Can Be Moody, Distrustful, Stubborn, Aggressive, Mean, and Discombobulated

by Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

It is very difficult to understand people living with Alzheimer's and dementia. It is very hard to adjust to the way they think, feel and act.

One reason it is so difficlt is because they change. Meanwhile we don't change at all - do we?

Change is hard to accept on any level, and the dramatic change that comes with Alzheimer's disease is even harder to accept.


Alzheimer's Disease and the Five Stages of Grief

Alzheimer’s progresses slowly and subtly at first, and you don’t notice initially that anything is different. At one point, the ‘small voice’ of the subconscious occasionally comes out, but you tend to tune it out -- or I did anyway.


Alzheimer's the Five Stages of Grief

By Carol Blackwell
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Looking back now with more knowledge about the disease than I had at the time, I should have seen some symptoms as early as 2004 (Bob was diagnosed in 2006), but I didn’t.


Feb 14, 2018

A Caregiver's Valentine Poem

A caregiver is a person who gives help, care and protection to someone who is sick or in need.


Some caregivers feel underappreciated, and some feel like they have been abandoned by family and friends.

By Karen Brenner
Alzheimer's Reading Room

In the case of Alzheimer's care the caring soon becomes a 24 hour a day, seven day a week job. Some caregivers feel underappreciated, and some feel like they have been abandoned by family and friends.

The poem below was written by our expert Karen Brenner.



Can Nicotinamide Riboside Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

The supplement nicotinamide riboside (NR) – a form of vitamin B3 – prevented neurological damage and improved cognitive and physical function in a new mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.


Research identifies a potential new target for treating Alzheimer’s disease.
by Alzheimer's Reading Room

The results of the study, conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) part of the National Institutes of Health, suggest a potential new target for treating Alzheimer’s disease.


Feb 13, 2018

Spouses of Dementia Patients Pay a Heavy Toll

I had to put my life on hold when I decided to take responsibility for my mother. After 8 years of care giving, I found great emotional reward in caring for her. However, I met other caregivers that were clearly suffering from the experience.


Caregivers often experience great anxiety and feeling of sadness and loneliness.

by Alzheimer's Reading Room

A study of spouses of dementia patients at Case Western Reserve University found that:
  • Some caregivers may have feelings of guilt about participating in activities with friends or in the community when their loved ones are no longer able to do so
  • Caregivers report feelings of sadness and loneliness
  • 25 percent of caregivers in the study suffered from depression
  • and, only 23 percent of those questioned did not feel burdened by the responsibilities of caring for their spouses.