What are we doing here, anyway?

What are we doing here, anyway? The ER doctor sat with his back to me, facing my aunt, speaking softly and slowly.  My heart sank as he first walked through the door...he looked to be about 16 years old...hair neatly pulled back into a long ponytail and he spoke with a slow, twangy West Virginia drawl...my only thought was that he looked like a 2011 version of Doogie Houser, MD...What on earth could this kid possibly know about geriatrics, Alzheimer's and what it's like to try ...more

What Would You Do If You Learned You Had Alzheimer's?

When you think about bad things that could happen in your life, what frightens you most?  For me, it is quite a short list  1) My daughter is seriously harmed.  2) I will have a bad accident and not be able to care for myself.  3) I will get dementia....more
Oh, I read "Still Alice" and it is wonderfully written and I think quite accurate. ...more

Mummy and the Jam Jar: Keep Your Sense of Humor When Dealing With Elderly Parents

Keep your sense of humor. It's become my new "pep talk" mantra to myself. After all, I'm a menopausal, single parent, soon to be empty-nester who is trying to restart a career and I have a mom who is in the moderate stages of dementia. That's a mouthful if there ever was one....more
@Ashleigh Burroughs Hi, This is SO true! Thanks for reading and come back again! Nancymore

"Today" show expert gives ways to boost your brain power (Wait until you read #8!)

Dr. Holly Phillips from "Prevention" magazine was on "Today" sharing tips to boost your brain power. She says it's about building cognitive reserve and exercising the muscle of our brain like it was a muscle in your body.1. Drink coffee - or even just sniff it. Women over 65 who drank 3 cups a day had less decline in verbal reasoning.2. Do games (crossword) and read the paper to use your brain.3. Take a 90-minute nap to clear out short-term memories to store new memories and info.4. Search the Web - but new sites - to make you think....more

Should you be tested for Alzheimer's?

My grandfather just died of Alzheimer's and I've recently starting wondering if genetics will play an issue in my future.This piece presented some interesting insight into the idea of being tested, especially if Alzheimer's is dominant in your family.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43823422/ns/health-aging/So why would you want to be tested if there's no cure?1. There are things you can do to significantly decrease your risk factor/symptoms. The big ones are diet, exercise and quit smoking....more

Why dementia patients "sundown"

Have you heard of "sundowning"? The term refers to dementia and Alzheimer's patients who seem to get suddenly worse (agitated/anxious/mean/angry/confused) late in the afternoon or in the early evening.Although doctors do have medicine to treat the symptoms, it hasn't been clear why sundowning occurs. But a recent study might offer some insight....more

More proof that brain cells can relearn after damage

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/229525.phpThe article above is a summary of a new finding on memories and how the brain can re-learn things, even after memories are basically erased.The structures between brain nerve cells are called synapses. The job of a synapses is essentially to relay messages. The electric signals that relay these messages are either strong or weak....more

Blood test for Alzheimer's - likely hitting market soon!

Where once only an autopsy could provide clinical proof of Alzheimer's, now a simple blood test can diagnose the disease.The test measures DHEA (a brain hormone) production. If the patient has Alzheimer's, oxidation of the blood WOULD NOT raise DHEA levels. In healthy (non-Alzheimer's patients), oxidation of the blood WOULD raise DHEA levels.Even better, the test can diagnose the disease in its very early stages, which allows doctors to try a variety of therapies as early as possible....more

The insurance company has met it's match in me and mom wins . . .

Thursday, April 28, 2011The insurance company has met it's match in me and mom wins ...more

Why multitasking gets more difficult as we age

If you're not good at multitasking, don't expect it to naturally get better with age. In fact, unless you undergo cognitive skills training (one-on-one specialized brain training), you're only going to get worse at it.That's because multitasking is really just your brain switching back and forth between tasks (at the cognitive level) using working memory, and working memory weakens with age. ...more