Latest by Christine Kennard

Helping Children Understand Dementia

Sometimes it’s hard for young children to understand a family member or friend who has dementia. Help them understand with these questions and answers.

8 Steps to Help Ward Off Dementia

When we reach a certain age it can become difficult to accept the fact that our bodies and minds aren’t what they used to be. But gradually we read the writing on the wall. We realise that some of the cognitive changes we are seeing in ourselves migh...

8 Tips for Visiting an Alzheimer's Caregiver

People get worried about visiting caregivers. They are concerned about intruding or what to say or do in certain situations. But it is great when someone makes the effort and most caregivers find the contact and support of others invaluable. Here are ...

When It's Time to Stop Driving

Many people with dementia continue to drive following their diagnosis. Research suggests driving continues on average for a further two years. Now a multidisciplinary clinical team from the University of Newcastle in the U.K. have developed a pathway ...

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.

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 ...

Post Chemotherapy Impairment

Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel laureate writer who died this week, suffered from dementia that his brother Jaime Garcia Marquez attributed to chemotherapy used to treat lymphatic cancer. The Columbian novelist who wrote wonderful novels includin...

Key Changes in an Alzheimer's Brain

The brain is the most complex organ in the body. It is made up of over 90 billion cells. These cells are the essence of what makes us human. The way we think, act, communicate, interact and make sense of the world is the result of how our brains work...

The Meaning and Purpose of Caregiving

In my last Sharepost about developing caregiver resilience I stressed the benefits of developing resilience and the fact this is a skill that can be learned. Thinking more about the issues it occurs to me we can look at resilience from a different an...

Caregiver Tips on Making Bed Care Routines Easier-Late Stage Alzheimer's

In nursing and when I cared for my father at home I learnt that you can save time, energy and angst by pre-planning bed care routines. Caregiving is hard work and is often more rewarding for you both if you can cut back on using up energy you often d...