People with Alzheimer’s lose their short-term memory, progressively fading deeper and deeper into their cognitive past. While I’ve often written about the value of bringing old photos and other memorabilia along for visits to elderly loved ones, I don’t believe I’ve ever before suggested anything as self-contained as a... Read more
It seems fitting that Healthy Aging Month and World Alzheimer’s Month share September for their awareness campaigns. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and no guaranteed way to avoid it, scientists have begun endorsing a healthy lifestyle as a possible way to at least delay Alzheimer’s symptoms for one in three... Read more
People with Down syndrome have become one of our most important groups of volunteers for Alzheimer’s testing. Fortunately, many are more than willing to give their time and undergo some medical procedures in order to help others.
Down syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21. The genes on this chromosome... Read more
The University of Maryland is conducting an online study for caregivers. The purpose of the study is to learn more about the experiences and needs of caregivers, who are often overlooked. If you provide daily care for a loved one, you may be able to take part in the study. Or if a loved one takes care of you on a daily basis, they may qualify to... Read more
When a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis the whole family is affected. For most, the first stage is utter devastation. Yet the human spirit can be incredibly resilient. After going through the grieving process, the person diagnosed with the disease and his or her loved ones most often come to accept their altered life as a new... Read more