Mar 4, 2012

Alzheimer's and Dementia News Digest 121

We own a nursing home. While it currently serves dementia patients, we are not qualified to house Alzheimer's patients.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Cafe Helps Alzheimer's Patients and Caregivers Cope
Though admittedly skeptical at first, John and Rhea Pereira say the Alzheimer's Cafe program offered at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire has provided them with a new outlook on tackling the struggles associated with Alzheimer's disease.

"We're seeing incredible support from strangers," said John. "You've got several people who have no connection to you, they're complete strangers, and they're saying 'Hey, come here. Let's talk.'"
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Say What?
We own a nursing home. While it currently serves dementia patients, we are not qualified to house Alzheimer's patients. Not yet. Two years ago, when the County Board decided to build a new nursing facility, we also decided to address this growing need. As a result, we have included accommodations for 80 Alzheimer's patients in our new facility, set to open a year from now. -- Thomas H. O'Neill III is chairman of the Peoria County Board. He lives in Bartonville, Illinois.

This was written in response to the death of John Garrett, an Alzheimer's patient who went missing and died.
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A Husband's Love
"This is a person you love," Lerner said. "You're not going to abandon somebody you love after 60 years."

After 63 years of marriage, the couple developed their routine when Alzheimer's disease left Barbara unable to do things herself. But it's a routine that Doug Wyman -- like a growing number of men who have assumed the role of caregiver in recent years -- embraces proudly.
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Training can improve memory and increase brain activity in mild cognitive impairment -- Emory News
"Our results suggest that these strategies can help patients remember specific information, such as the locations of objects, " says lead author Benjamin Hampstead, PhD, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. "This is the first randomized controlled trial to show that these techniques are not only effective in MCI patients, but that they can also re-engage the hippocampus, which is a brain region that is critical for forming new memories."
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Alzheimer's Disease Eats Away at Enjoyment of Food
Imagine sitting down to breakfast and realizing your wife has no idea how to butter her toast. Or that your husband can't identify that favorite pot roast dinner you've served.

When a loved one with Alzheimer's begins to lose mealtime skills, it can be heartbreaking for family members. As the disease progresses, the sense of taste and smell is diminished and appetite decreases. It soon becomes difficult to recognize food items and to use utensils.
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Nanofiber Breakthrough Holds Promise for Medicine and Microprocessors
A new method for creating nanofibers made of proteins, developed by researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), promises to greatly improve drug delivery methods for the treatment of cancers, heart disorders and Alzheimer's disease, as well as aid in the regeneration of human tissue, bone and cartilage.
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Detectives ask for help finding missing West Side man with Alzheimer's
Chicago Police detectives were asking for the public’s help finding a man with Alzheimers disease who left his Austin neighborhood home on Saturday and has not returned.
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