Jun 26, 2017

Alzheimer's and Anesthesia

Alzheimer's and anesthesia don't mix well. Some physicians are advising their patients that are already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to avoid surgery unless absolutely necessary.


Dr. Rudy Tanzi, Mass General in Boston, are selective about which inhaled anesthesia is used when surgery is unavoidable.
By Sydney S. Farrier, LCSW

How often have you heard the comment about an older person who recently underwent a major surgery, "She was fine until she had that (hip surgery, knee replacement, cardiac surgery, etc) but now she seems confused."


6 Questions You Need to Ask About Surgery, Anesthesia and Dementia

Lately we have been receiving a lot of search queries from Google and Yahoo concerning Anesthesia, Surgery, Alzheimer's and dementia.


What do you really know about Anesthesia and Surgery?
It is clear that this is a growing concern for caregivers taking care of patients living with dementia and Alzheimer's.

It is likely to be of greater concern as baby boomers continue to age and the incidence of Alzheimer's and related dementia's like Lewy Body continue to rise.



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.