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Life Enrichment: Bringing Meaning, Purpose and Joy to Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 05.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Recognizing that seniors with memory loss can still engage in meaningful activities not only brings them and their loved ones joy, but is also a great way to stay connected. The key is to find something that resonates with each individual and draws on their continued strengths.

'Alive Again': A Case Of Reversible Memory Loss

Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D. | Posted 05.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D.

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is a rare but reversible cause of memory loss caused by abnormal levels of cerebral spinal fluid in the brain.

Stunning New Alzheimer's Documentary to Air on PBS March 29

Marie Marley | Posted 05.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

Last night I watched a review copy of a stunning new Alzheimer's documentary, produced and directed by long-time elder activist Scott Kirschenbaum. It's set to premiere on PBS's Independent Lens series on March 29.

Catherine Pearson

Skimping On Omega-3s? Memory Problems May Follow

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.27.2012 | Healthy Living

Skimping on omega-3 fatty acids -- nutrients found in certain oils, beans and seafood -- may take a toll on brain volume and memory, according to a ne...

Who Suffers More: Alzheimer's Patients or Their Caregivers?

Marie Marley | Posted 04.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

To help reduce your distress the next time your loved one is distressed, try to remain aware that people with dementia live only in the present. That way you can end your suffering as quickly as your loved one does, and then you can both move on to something more pleasant.

Nursing Home Placement for Alzheimer's Patients -- It Can Be the Most Loving Choice

Marie Marley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

When you reach the point where you're physically worn out and emotionally spent the majority of the time, stop and give some serious consideration to placing your loved one in a high-quality long-term care facility. It isn't a copout. It can be by far the most loving course of action.

WATCH: Caregiver Leaves 95-Year-Old Dementia Patient In Casino Parking Lot

Posted 04.22.2012 | Miami

A Boca Raton caregiver accused of leaving her elderly dementia patient in a casino parking lot for two hours fainted during her initial court appearan...

Alzheimer's and Psychoactive Medications -- A Controversial Decision for Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

Many people refuse to even consider having their loved on put on any psychotropic medication for any reason. And that's understandable. But today's medications, which can be given in doses that don't overly sedate patients, can also be effective and improve a patient's overall quality of life.

Miracle Zero Carb Cranberry Juice: American Heart Month, Day 16

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Antioxidant-rich cranberry juice may boost heart health by decreasing arterial stiffness, according to a recent Tufts and Boston University study.

How To Keep Score Of NFL Concussion Suits

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business

With possibly billions of dollars at stake, lawyers for many of the 300 former players suing the NFL over concussion-related health problems announced...

How to Create a Homelike Environment for Memory Care

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For family members who are helping a loved one with memory loss transition to an assisted living community or to any new living arrangement, it is important to recreate the elements that have always made those loved ones feel at home.

Artist Paints During His Decline From Alzheimer's

Posted 02.10.2012 | Arts

For over twelve years, William Utermohlen's mind slowly unraveled. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1995, and "from that moment on, he beg...

Creative Entertainment for People With Early- and Mid-Stage Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

All people with Alzheimer's and other dementias need to have entertainment. It's essential to their overall wellbeing. The key to success in providing entertainment is to find activities appropriate for the person's stage of the disease.

Dementia May Force Couples Into New Definition Of Love

Posted 02.08.2012 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Philip Weeks fondly remembers the days when his wife of 56 years, June, was a nurse and an artist w...

Movement on Funding for Alzheimer's Research

Eric J. Hall | Posted 04.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

When multiple moving parts are at play, it's only logical that things will start advancing. That's what is happening now in the Alzheimer's disease cause.

What Can We Do To Detect Dementia Earlier?

AP | By LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.07.2012 | Fifty

WASHINGTON -- Alexis McKenzie's mother had mild dementia, but things sounded OK when she phoned home: Dad was with her, finishing his wife's sentences...

Connecting With Alzheimer's Patients -- Even in the Latest Stages of the Disease

Marie Marley | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

There are four activities that can typically reach persons at all stages of Alzheimer's disease. Being visited by a child is one of them, as young Max discovered. Others include having a visit from a pet, listening to or playing music and observing or creating artwork.

When the See Saw Tips: Parenting Our Parents

Lee Woodruff | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Lee Woodruff

We are all very much still on this journey. We are the parents now in so many ways, the executors and the advocates, the decision makers, accountants and the schedulers. We no longer act like children with our parents. The see saw has tipped.

Catherine Pearson

Mild Memory Problems More Common Than We Think?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.25.2012 | Healthy Living

A new study suggests that rates of mild memory problems may be higher than previously thought -- and men are at higher risk than women. "We know t...

Minding The Brain: Strategies To Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There has been enormous attention of late to the grim and genuinely frightening problem of Alzheimer's disease. The problem is grim by its very nature -- there is little we contemplate with greater dread than the loss of our minds, our very selves.

Watching 'The Iron Lady' Melt

Karin Kasdin | Posted 03.18.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

The poor woman probably doesn't have many years left. Would it have cost anyone their livelihood to wait until her death to reveal her pitiful hallucinations to the world?

A Bright Idea For Beating Depression And The Winter Blues

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 03.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

The shorter days of winter, coupled with holiday stress, can make people more vulnerable to a range of depression, from mild to severe. And as many of you know all too well, being a caregiver tends to put a person at a higher risk for these conditions.

Ron Dicker

NFL Helmet's Surprising Name

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.13.2012 | Business

According to a recent study, Schutt Sports makes very good football helmets. Its marketing is raising a few eyebrows, though. In an age of heighten...

Meet the Mental Health Needs of People With Dementia

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 03.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun to develop a long-term plan regarding dementia. The planning advisory committee for this project includes a representative of the Substance Abuse and Services Administration and representatives of other federal agencies.

Does Adiponectin Cause Or Prevent Alzheimer's Dementia?

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

It might very well be the case that adequate adiponectin activity may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's. However, resistance to the hormone may prevent the body from benefitting from the those effects. Further research is needed to resolve this new puzzle.