Christine Kennard

Health Professional

Christine Kennard wrote about Alzheimer's for HealthCentral. She has many years of experience in private and public sector nursing care homes for people with dementia. She has worked in a variety of hospital, public and private health settings and specialized in community nursing. Christine is qualified in group analytic psychotherapy, is registered in general and mental health nursing and has a Masters degree.

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Hallucinations with Alzheimer's: How You Can Help

It is estimated that between 20 to 40 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease experience hallucinations. This feature of the disease usually occurs in the middle stages. Hallucinations are most frequently associated with psychoses. The term psycho...

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Head Injuries, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease

A number of medical conditions can cause dementia. Some are reversible while others can lead to more permanent states of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for about 55 percent of all dementia cases. Dementia due to head injury is comparatively r...

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Sleep Position May Influence Alzheimer's Risk

Our preferred sleeping position may have a bearing on our risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Stony Brook University, suggest our most common side-sleeping (lateral) position is the most effective at removing waste from the brain. Their fin...

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Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

Behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia (BPSD) are inevitable. It is estimated that about 90% of people with Alzheimer’s may present with a least one of the following: wandering, agitation, verbal and physical aggression, depression, apathy...

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Aluminum-Risk Factors for Alzheimer's

What if aluminum caused or made a significant contribution to getting Alzheimer’s disease? What if the most abundant metal on the Earth’s crust was implicated in human disease? There are a number of well respected scientists who believe aluminum may ...

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7 Effective Therapeutic Activity Tips for Dementia

Even people in the most disabling stages of dementia can benefit from therapeutic activities. People with dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is just one type, have cognitive disabilities; that is, problems with memory, planning, perception, judge...

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Hoarding and Hiding Behaviors in Dementia

We all have possessions. These are the things we value and that make us feel good. We look after them, admire them and sometimes we collect them - but some people hoard. When people with dementia or mental health issues were hidden away in large impe...

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Dementia and the Strange Case of the Misfolded Protein

Some images are hard to shake off. During the late 1990s I vividly recall driving past burning heaps of dead cattle for mile after mile; the scene was medieval. The cause of this carnage was a disease that quickly became known as ‘mad cow’ a fatal an...

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Low Vitamin D Tied to Dementia

A new study suggests that older adults who have severely low vitamin D levels may be at an increased risk of developing dementia.

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Brain Damage and Alcohol Related Dementia

Researchers from the University of the Basque Country and the University of Nottingham have, for the first time, identified the structural damage in the brain caused by chronic and excessive alcohol abuse. The brains of twenty people with a diagnosis ...