Latest by Christine Kennard

Gender Influences on Alzheimer's Disease

Of the estimated 5.4 million Americans affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nearly two thirds are women. There are still major gaps in our understanding of the roles sex and gender play in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s dis...

The Effect of Anesthesia and Surgery on Alzheimer's

Following surgery, loss of cognitive abilities and problems with thinking, memory, attention, problem solving and language are regularly reported in older people. This ‘post operative cognitive decline’ syndrome was experienced by the father of OurAl...

Thinking Ahead about People with Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's

There is a very high incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome so it is very important that parents and families think about future health and financial planning. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age but for peo...

Seizures and Postictal Psychosis in Alzheimer's Disease

Postictal psychosis is a serious complication that occurs in only about 10 percent of people following a grand mal seizure (major fit). Ira Hyman, writing in Psychology Today, says that marked changes in the behavior of a relative with Alzheimer’s di...

Man With Total Recall Offers New Hope for the Treatment of Alzheimer's

A 20 year old blind man who can remember every day of his life since the age of 11 is adding new weight to the theory that deep brain stimulation may offer hope for future treatments of Alzheimer’s disease. The man, known only as HK and from the Nash...

10 Ways to Reduce Agitation in People with Alzheimer's

When someone with Alzheimer’s becomes agitated it is good to have a number of strategies and activities on offer. Highly focused tasks such as baking, crafts or art work, tend not to work because trying to keep someone with Alzheimer’s ‘on task’ usua...

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Can Help Caregivers with Anxiety and Depression

May is Mental Health Month. Caregiving to someone with Alzheimer’s is one of the most difficult and demanding of roles and it can go on for years. Although there is now an emphasis on promoting a quality of life and maximizing the functionality of pe...

Mental Health Month: Caregiver Guide to Dangerous Behaviors in Alzheimer's

May is Mental Health Month and I want to talk about the very difficult and emotive issue of dangerous behavior in people with Alzheimer’s. Over the years many people have asked our advice about some aggressive or violent behavior a loved one is exhib...

5 Steps to Managing Urinary Incontinence in Alzheimer's

Urinary incontinence is a distressing but very common problem in people with mid to late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. There are lots of things you can do to help. 1st-Exclude diseases and conditions that could be causing urinary incontinence Remember, ...

Dementia Behind Bars

A combination of lengthy mandatory minimum prison sentences, increasing numbers of life sentences and reduced opportunities for parole means that prisons are having to care for much higher numbers of aging men and women. Human Rights Watch’s report, ...