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How Caregiving Will Change Over the Next Ten Years

Technology changes everything and that includes caregiving. Over the next ten years, it promises to make caregiving easier and improve the ability to care for loved ones. Read More

Why Alzheimer’s Is Proving to Be Harder to Diagnose in Men

Last week, we highlighted some of the major gender studies in Alzheimer’s research and why two-thirds of those diagnosed with the disease are women.
Now we’ve learned about a new study out of Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL that suggests there are thousands of men living with Alzheimer’s who have yet to be diagnosed since current testing is more likely to miss the disease in men than in women. Read More

Caregiver Burnout: How to Care for Yourself While Caring for Aging Parents

It may seem unrealistic to suggest that you care for yourself while caring for a senior loved one. However, if you want to remain well and continue your caregiving duties for the long-term, you really have no choice. Read More

Can Attending the Symphony Improve Relationships Between Dementia Patients and Caregivers?

Anyone who enjoys music knows that it can have a positive effect on mood and even productivity. But did you know that music can potentially reverse cognitive decline in people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia? That’s what a new study out of Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado found. Read More

Could Alzheimer’s be Detected – and Treated – Before Symptoms Appear?

A new study has shed light on a potential way to detect Alzheimer’s disease, and maybe even treat or prevent it, before symptoms even appear. The study, performed at the Department of Pharmacology and Center for Translational Medicine, at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, has found that declines in glucose levels in the brain come before the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear. Read More

Can “Lost” Memories From Alzheimer’s Be Rediscovered?

Last week, we wrote about a study out of MIT led by Li-Huei Tsai in which they found that putting mice with multiple signs of Alzheimer’s disease into a room with flashing LED lights reduced the percentage of beta amyloid plaques in the mice brains by 50%. This week, we’re following up to introduce you to a similar study, also out of MIT, that attempted to restore memories in mice with early Alzheimer’s using a form of light therapy called optogenetics. Read More

The Benefits of Meditation

Meditation, the practice of using deep breathing to clear your mind, can be practiced by members of any age group and has potential health benefits for all. By practicing mindful meditation, older adults can take control of their thoughts and feelings, and are able to create inspired feelings of peace and well-being while connecting with their inner selves. Read More

How to Download Apps onto an Android Smartphone in 10 Easy Steps

With new technology available to everyone, having a smartphone that you’re able to navigate can make life at home a little easier. If you have an Android (or Google) smartphone and are ready to begin downloading useful and fun apps, read on for instructions that can allow you to become proficient with your new phone! Read More

Fun Activities for a Senior Loved One

If your loved one has become bored with an aspect of his or her current routine of activities, here are some new ideas to engage your loved one, both in body and mind. Read More

Decluttering the Mind: From Chaos to Calm

Our minds can get as cluttered as our lives and downsizing some of those incessant thoughts is a good idea. Decluttering your mind is an act that requires you to be intentional on where you place your attention and impacts how you spend your time and energy. Read More