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Frequently Asked Questions Family Caregivers Have About Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's is one of the top chronic conditions in the U.S. As the disease progresses, home care services are necessary. If you decide to offer the care your mom or dad needs, you need to carefully look at what care is going to be needed now and in the future. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions family caregivers have when they start offering care to a parent with dementia. What Scents Can Soothe Anxiety and Agitation? Anxiety and agitation are ... Read more

Tips for Adapting Care for a Senior with Anosognosia

Flexibility is critical when you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult with Alzheimer's disease, but when your senior also has anosognosia, it is even more important. Anosognosia is a lack of insight or awareness, meaning your parent does not know that they have Alzheimer's disease, or that they are suffering from the symptoms and challenges associated with the disease. This condition impacts a large percentage of those who are living with Alzheimer's disease, particularly those who are in moderate ... Read more

Researchers Exploring Plasma Transplants to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

A Stanford University study is in the early stages. The goal is to see if plasma transplants help ease the symptoms of Alzheimer's. The plasma is taken from the blood of young healthy adults and is then administered to an Alzheimer's patient through a blood transfusion. So far the early results are promising. The original PLASMA study was done on elderly mice. When plasma from young adults was transplanted into the mice, there were some improvements. The research moved to men and ... Read more

Does High Blood Pressure Put Your Mom More at Risk for Dementia?

When you think about dementia, you may not associate it with high blood pressure. However, researchers have known for years that there is, in fact, a link. Recently, though, researchers have discovered that women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s are at an even higher risk. Yet, the same does not seem to hold true for men. Understanding the link between the two conditions could help seniors to protect their brain health. What is High Blood Pressure? High blood pressure is ... Read more

Could Routines Help You and Your Loved One Cope Better with Alzheimer’s Disease?

As you help your loved one manage Alzheimer's disease, you might find help in some things that you never thought would help. One such helper can be your loved one's routines. Setting them up properly can help your loved one understand what each day is demanding of her. Look at Your Existing Routines. Everyone has routines, even if they're simple routines that aren't strictly tied to a timetable. Having a set time to do a specific task doesn’t necessarily mean you have a ... Read more