Meet Susie. She is a furry, five-pound, wide-eyed gal who looks, acts and sounds like a baby harp seal. Beneath her white fur, though, is a mix of metal and wires programmed for a very specific purpose. For the past several years, that purpose has been to help elderly patients with memory loss find comfort amid … Continue reading Pet robots could reduce anxiety and improve vitals, says new research
Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on … Continue reading Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?
Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, mixed dementia, Parkinson’s disease, the list goes on and on. Which diseases of the brain are considered dementia, and what does dementia really mean? The misconceptions that surround dementia stems from misunderstanding the word dementia. Once people understand what dementia means, we will be able to better … Continue reading Dementia is not just Alzheimer’s disease
Most of us accept aging as an inevitable consequence in time. Hair gets grayer. Skin is less supple. Posture may be compromised. What is less visible — and less acknowledged — is that the brain ages as well. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a major report on what it called cognitive aging. It … Continue reading How to combat brain changes as you age
A new study suggests women at risk for dementia may experience cognitive decline two times faster than men, according to researchers. The authors of the study presented their work in late July at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington, D.C. Their findings pertain to women with mild cognitive impairment. “This is a new area … Continue reading Women with dementia decline faster than men, new study suggests
Coping with Alzheimer’s disease can be a gradual and disheartening process. As you watch your loved one slowly lose function, it can take a toll on you emotionally. Alan Stevens, PhD has special emphasis in geriatrics, and says this disease is due to buildup of plaques and tangles in the brain that trigger inflammation and … Continue reading 7 things to remember about your loved one with Alzheimer’s
As our loved ones get older, it can be tough to see them age. Whether it is physically or mentally, the decline in functionality can be difficult to cope with—not just for your loved one, but you as well. The Scott & White Program on Aging and Care has a team of individuals who offer … Continue reading Dealing with dementia
B vitamins play an important role in a host of body functions, from how we convert food into energy and metabolize cholesterol, to how we manufacture red blood cells and produce myelin, the protective insulation around your nerves. But recent work at Baylor Research Institute (BRI) suggests yet another implication: Sufficient intake of vitamins B9 … Continue reading How B Vitamins May Protect Against Alzheimer’s, Dementia and More
You’re on information overload. An inbox full of emails, a calendar full of meetings and a long to-do list leave you forgetting things right and left. In the frantic moments of forgotten cell phones or misplaced car keys, do you ever question your ability to remember things? You’re not the only one. You may be … Continue reading Is It Forgetfulness or Alzheimer’s?
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” Billy Joel Grandma walked into the living room and asked what day it was. She sat down, looked up, and asked what day it was. She … Continue reading “Memories are made of this” – Music therapy helps family members with dementia