One good day with Lewy Body

Spent the day yesterday with Mum and Dad. Dad is in a great deal of pain with a? Fractured rib. His osteoporosis is severe due to the long term effect of thyroid medication. He is grumpy and feeling poorly. Was wearing his PJ's when I got there at 10.00 not something I have ever known him to do before....more

Scientists show age-related memory loss is reversible

Well, I wanted to make a joke about how I forgot what I was going to write about, but sadly, it's not that far from the truth half the time! At 41, I know that age-related cognitive decline can sneak in at any moment, not to mention that my grandfather had Alzheimer's. And although I know that there are things I can do to fend off age-related congnitive decline (crosswords, brain training, consuming brain foods, exercise), I love to read articles like this that reinforce the idea that memory loss is reversible.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/243654.php...more
Very interesting post (and link). I just finished reading and commenting on another post about ...more

Just Another Saturday

Hey, I'm back....more

Wretched . . . Pitiful

I sat opposite my father. Clamped my lips to stifle the sob working its way up and out. I gripped my ribs and rocked. My smart daddy.             I glanced at my husband. “He’ll never smile again. Ever.”             I jumped up. Scraped the tears from my cheeks. Pierced my hair with my fingers....more

Overeating in seniors tied to memory loss

A new study tying overeating and memory loss in seniors was recently presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting.The research suggests that older people who overeat might DOUBLE their risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is the stage between normal age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer's. Here's the study:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/241570.php...more

Trade Grandma's stationary bike for a Wii to keep her brain strong

You probably already know that exercise is good for the brain. After all, it increases oxygen to the vital organ.But a new study from the Healthy Aging and Neuropsychology Lab and Department of Psychology at the Union College in Schenectady, NY has found that "exergames" beat traditional exercise when it comes to keeping the brain in shape....more

Odd Day

 Odd DayWent to visit his mom today; a brilliant lady, valedictorian of her class, who achieved her Master’s Degree and taught grade school until her late 60′s, retired and sadly as dementia set in, needed to be relocated closer to family....more

Mentality

Original post at xoxoxo eMy family has always prided itself on their intellectual pursuits. We're all bibliophiles. We love to learn new things. We're perpetual students. So I'm finding it very hard at times to deal with my mom's dementia....more

Cognitive function can start failing as young as 45 (not 60 as originally thought)

I'm 41, so this is definitely not good news.Many brain experts believed that it wasn't until age 60 that age-related cognitive decline could kick in. Specifically, they believed that memory, aural comprehension and visual comprehension could begin to decline at age 60 (if it occurs at all).But a new study out of the UK and France (part of the study started in 1985) seems to show that cognitive decline can begin as early as age 45. ...more

alzheimer's has knocked on my door, again...

I guess all of us have a "story". A story that explains what drew us, as professionals, to caring for patients and families suffering from Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia. Over the years, I have heard so many stories from my colleagues about how Alzheimer's disease has touched them personally. Stories about their mom or dad or grandparents. Stories about how Alzheimer's invaded their lives and made them passionate professionals, experts and advocates. They have built careers in part, because this disease is so much a part of their daily lives. ...more