Herbs That Can Ward Off Alzheimer’s Disease?

August 20, 2012

Alzheimer’s disease is an illness that slowly develops overtime usually affecting those people over 65 years old. It’s the most common form of dementia and is not a normal part of aging. I’ve had the opportunity of being around someone with Alzheimer’s disease and the problems with memory, thinking and behavior are very noticeable. My […]

Caring for Alzheimer’s Seniors: Dealing with Difficult Behaviors

August 20, 2012

The behaviors of seniors with Alzheimer’s are often unpredictable. You may have already experienced a wide swing in your loved one from withdrawn to aggressive. Dealing with these behaviors is never easy, especially as they sometimes come out of the blue. But that’s Alzheimer’s. We’ll look at some common behaviors and ways you can respond […]

Alzheimer’s a Dire Threat, but Early Action and Treatment Can Slow its Progress

August 19, 2012

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. “Initially, the forgetfulness isn’t crippling and people can remain independent,” says Gandy. “But eventually, everyone will require 24-hour supervision, which means either an assisted living situation or having either a family member or outside help in place around the clock.” One reason doctors stress having an elderly loved one assessed […]

Do More for People With Dementia, Advocates Urge

August 19, 2012

Dementia advocates are urging the province to do more for people with the disease after a man with Alzheimer’s went missing for five days, leaving a nursing home in Stephenville and then travelling to New Brunswick. The man was found safe in Saint John.

Seven Ways to Make our Cities Better Places for Those with Alzheimer’s

August 19, 2012

We cannot rely on medical advances to solve the problem of dementia. The few drugs that help stave off the disease have limited effectiveness and new drugs will take decades to develop.  

The Alzheimer’s Gene: Do You Want to Know?

August 19, 2012

If there was a way to know if you were predisposed to developing Alzheimer’s disease, would you want to know? As tests to evaluate an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease advance, this is a question plaguing the minds of more and more Americans, especially those who have parents or other relatives with the disease. […]

Turmeric May Have the Key to Alzheimer’s Disease

August 18, 2012

“I know they say there is no cure for Alzheimer’s… But I was wondering if there’s any development in a cure you know about?” I was asked after my lecture on PET imaging of dementia this past summer. A number of technologists gathered around me, far more eager to hear my response to this question […]

Small Study Offers Hope That Drug Could Help Stabilize Alzheimer’s Disease

August 18, 2012

Researchers are reporting that Gammagard, made by Baxter International Inc., might help stabilize Alzheimer’s disease for as much as three years. The findings from the small study were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The evidence is weak and in only four patients, making the study was far too small […]

Epilepsy Drug Improves Memory in Alzheimer’s Model, Patients

August 17, 2012

Researchers have found that it’s possible to improve memory, even reverse memory loss, using a drug typically prescribed to treat epilepsy. Although it’s still too early to recommend the drug, levetiracetam, to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease, research results are promising.

Blood Test to Detect Alzheimer’s in the Offing

August 16, 2012

A blood test is in the offing to detect Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Emory University say. “Reliability and failure to replicate initial results have been the biggest challenge in this field. We demonstrate here that it is possible to show consistent findings,” says William Hu, assistant professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, […]