Cold sores on elderly may cause cognitive struggles

A new study of 1,600 older adults (over 69) found that those with viral and bacterial infections like the herpes virus that causes cold sores had more cognitive struggles than their peers. These difficulties include memory loss and decreased thinking. In addition, the worse the symptoms, the worse the cognitive problems. Here's the study: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/258247.php ...more

4 Things that appear to stave off/delay Alzheimer's

I ran across this headline today:"Alzheimer's numbers to triple by 2050"(http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/06/16872274-alzheimers-numbers-t...)What's particularly scary is that the numbers are already pretty big and we're nowhere near a cure (that I know of, anyway)....more

Family Medical Leave Act 20 Year Anniversary

Anyone with common sense would agree that healthy families are essential to a robust economy. That’s why it’s worth celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act on February 5; one of the most significant advances for working families in our nation’s history....more
My mom recently lost her job taking care of my sick grandmother. She was days away from ...more

Dear Parents: As A Nanny, I Don’t Have To Be You

One thing I hear a lot as a nanny from parents is that “it’s SO different when they’re your own”, often accompanied by a stifled look of superiority as they watch me wrestle my latest charge. I also hear a lot of “oh, you SAY you won’t do this now, but trust me, when you’re a parent, you will. You’re going to do basically everything you said you wouldn’t. Being a nanny is NOT the same as a parent.”...more

Changing Caregiving - Be a Part of What's To Come

At Making Care Easier (MCE) our goal is to improve the way families care for their loved ones.  This is no small mission, but a critical one.  We’re taking another big step forward this week as we welcome Mary Jane Favazza as our new CEO.  Mary Jane brings with her a wealth of experience including more than 15 years in the healthcare IT space.  Most importantly, she brings with her a passion for improving the living of those caring for elderly adults....more
I find your company interesting.  It was difficult for my parents' 5 daughters to maintain ...more

Brain pacemakers for Alzheimer's?

You read it correctly. What's good for the heart is (possibly) good for the brain. Scientists are now trying out the pacemaker idea on a patient with Alzheimer's, hoping to slow its effects.Kathy Sanford is only 57, but already she has early onset Alzheimer's and knows it's gradually getting worse. She still lives alone but can't work anymore and has to post reminders to herself....more

AC253 (diabetes drug) appears to restore memory in people with Alzheimer's

I've mentioned before that my grandfather died of Alzheimer's (yes, that's what was actually on his death certificate) and although this isn't a cure, it's nice to know that there's a glimmer of hope for people who suffered like my grandfather (and our family) when he lost his memory.A diabetes drug called AC253 - which never made it to market - was found to restore memory in animal brain cells. It works by blocking the effects of amyloid protein, which exists in high volumes in Alzheimer's patients - in the part of the brain that controls memory and cognition....more

Getting Ready for the Holidays with Granny

We are about to have six dogs and twelve people converge on our parents' home for the holiday. Thankfully, my parents have a good sized back yard and plenty of sleeping room. Now, if all the personalities could fit in the house.My mom has been looking forward to this for a long time. Yet, I constantly hear mumbles in her voice about how our grandmother is going to ruin everything. Chances are, she might. But, if we plan for that to happen, and assume the worst, we may be predicting our own future....more

Family Dynamics of Caring for an Elderly Parent

Three years ago, my sister didn’t send my son a graduation card.  I’m always hosting family dinners at my house, but no one returns the favor.  No matter how many times I ask my brother to do something, I always end up doing it myself.  By the time most people need to care for their parents, they already have years of family dynamics and history that drive their interactions with one another. ...more

Screen for early signs of dementia at home

Did you know there's a test you can do at home to test your loved one (or yourself) for early signs of dementia? Georgia Tech created computer software that's similar to the paper version of "The Clock Drawing Test," something health care providers often use to screen for cognitive impairment.The ClockReader test is taken with a computer or tablet and a stylus pen. The test-taker is given a set amount ot time to draw a clock (with numbers) and the correct hour and  minute hands. ...more