Six non-drug strategies to help deal with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a long-lived ordeal for the elderly of the twenty-first century.
By 2050, the incidence of Alzheimer’s is expected to reach 135 million worldwide, from only about 24 million today.
What is even more alarming is the lack of treatment options available. Other than the controversial recent FDA approval of aducanumab, there is no pharmaceutical treatment in existence that can actually reverse or address the progression of the disease.
The only other 5 prescription medications available are there to help manage symptoms and try to slow…
The 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s Explained
Everyone has heard of Alzheimer’s disease, but despite its rising popularity in the vocabulary of the general public, most people do not actually comprehend what it means to suffer from this terminal illness.
Often used interchangeably with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common brain disorders in adults over 60 for which there is no cure. In simple terms:
It is a progressive brain disorder that slowly causes the brain to shrink as cells die-resulting in cognitive decline and decreased brain function, which affects a person’s ability to interpret reality and function…
Life Lessons taught by one of the world’s most renowned diseases
An incurable disease affecting an estimated 24 million people worldwide, Alzheimer’s may seem like a thundercloud with no silver lining. It is a constant fog, raining feelings of loss and grief for a life that has yet to finish living. Bringing with it symptoms like dementia and memory loss, you may wonder what rays of sun could possibly shine through this thundercloud? Witnessing the progression of Alzheimer’s, this light comes from teachings that share new perspectives on the life that we are all living.
The brand of a spoon…
A guide covering all the basics of current and upcoming drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease
Drug development for Alzheimer’s disease is an arduous process. For the last 18 years, the Alzheimer’s space has lacked success- until the recent FDA approval of a new drug with huge potential.
In 1906, Dr. Alois Alzheimer noticed that a 51-year-old woman living in an asylum showed symptoms of confusion, sleeplessness, and memory loss.
Once deceased, Dr. Alzheimer explored the brain of the affected patient and found abnormalities including unusual protein clumps (amyloid plaques) and bundles of tangled protein fibers (tau tangles), which explained his…
A look at the inequalities faced by minorities when it comes to dementia.
By the year 2060, the number of Alzheimer’s disease cases in the U.S. is predicted to increase to about 14 million with the largest increase being seen in Hispanic and African Americans. Alzheimer’s cases in Hispanic people are predicted to increase to seven times what they are today and African American cases are predicted to increase to four times today’s numbers. “Among people ages 65 and older, African Americans have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (13.8%), followed by Hispanics (12.2%), non-Hispanic whites (10.3%)…
FDA Approves First New Drug in Decades for Alzheimer’s Treatment
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common brain disorders in adults over the age of 60 for which currently there is no cure.
Simply put, Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly damages learning, thinking, and memory- resulting in cognitive decline to the point of being unable to properly interpret reality or carry out daily tasks.
Scientists have developed a better understanding of the disease over the years, but they still do not fully understand exactly what causes it, which complicates the development of an effective treatment.
When you first become a caregiver, having many new responsibilities can be daunting. You might have to adjust from working full-time to becoming a full-time caregiver, you might have to balance a full-time job and caregiving, and you might have children that you also need to care for. Here is some advice for adjusting to becoming a caregiver and going through the transition as smoothly as possible!
Make sure you spend time learning about your loved one’s condition. The more you know, the better prepared for caregiving you will be! Look into caregiving organizations like the National Alliance for Caregiving…
Helpful ideas to help with long-distance caregiving responsibilities
“Out of sight, out of mind” goes the saying, but for a long-distance caregiver this could not be further from the truth. In fact, having a loved one requiring care “out of sight” through geographical separation can actually lead to stress levels equal to or greater than that of local caregivers.
Even if you are not a long-distance caregiver yourself, you may know someone with family members (perhaps affected by dementia) who require care and live far away. …
Finding and choosing family caregiver support programs can be a daunting task. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about these programs in order to help you decide which ones are the best fit for you, your family and your loved one.
Q: What types of family caregiver support programs exist?
If you’ve ever been in a long-distance relationship- you know how it feels to be apart from a loved one. But what if this loved one was your mom or dad- suffering from dementia?
Prior to the pandemic locking households away from one another, the challenge of looking after loved ones from afar already existed mainly among first-generation immigrants and out-of-region family members.
Considering the added intricacies of travel bans and health risks, long-distance caregiving is increasing in popularity, especially as millennial caregivers become more reliant on technology to manage the lives of their loved ones.
What is Long-Distance Caregiving?