Everything listed under: Alzheimer's disease

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    Years Caring for His Wife Transformed This Doctor’s View of Health Care

    By Judith Graham for Next AvenueCaring for someone with a serious illness stretches people spiritually and emotionally, often beyond what they might have thought possible.Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Harvard University, calls this “enduring the unendurable” in his recently published book, The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.The book describes Kleinman’s awakening to the realities of caregiving when his belov...  Read More...

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    7 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

    By Jennifer Nelson for Next AvenueDuring the last Alzheimer’s disease support meeting I attended at my mother’s assisted living center, I sheepishly asked if anyone else was worried about their own risk for the disease.A lot of hands went up.At age 65, your risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is 2% per year. If you have a parent with Alzheimer’s disease, that risk goes up by 30%, to 2.6% per year, according to the Harvard Men’s Health Watch.However, that’s still a relatively small incr...  Read More...

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    Why It’s Best to Involve People With Early Stage Dementia in Care Planning

    By Judy Stringer-Holman for Next AvenueReceiving a diagnosis of early stage dementia can fill a person and that person’s loved ones with fear and anxiety about what the future holds.Yet, dementia can progress slowly over years, giving people and their families and friends plenty of time to plan for the future together.In too many cases, however, that is simply not happening, says Silvia Orsulic-Jeras, a senior research analyst at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland....  Read More...

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    New Research Sheds More Light on Alzheimer’s in Women

    By Sherri Snelling for Next AvenueWomen seem to be dominating the headlines recently, with the triumphant U.S. women’s team World Cup Soccer win and the focus of attention on Capitol Hill’s female legislators. However, one area where women are leading is not a reason for applause: the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the female population.While definite answers remain elusive, a growing body of research — the latest presented this week at the Alzheimer&rs...  Read More...

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    Why the Discovery of ‘LATE’ Dementia Is Important

    By Liz Seegert for Next AvenueWhen is Alzheimer’s disease not Alzheimer’s disease? It’s a riddle that finally has an answer.Researchers recently pinpointed another form of cognitive decline with many of the same hallmarks as Alzheimer’s, but which actually involves different brain processes.This newly discovered dementia may partly explain why some people haven’t been helped by current Alzheimer’s drugs or why some drugs being tested haven’t been as succ...  Read More...