How Art Therapy Helps Caregivers and Those with Dementia
Art therapy is used for many things; it helps people recover from trauma, it helps family units transform themselves and it can help facilitate psychiatric counseling. Art therapy is known for its ability to encourage interaction, sharing and trust in a safe place. Now it is being used to help those showing early signs of dementia and memory loss.
New Quality Measures May Improve Dementia Care
Even when a diagnosis of dementia has been made, physicians may be hesitant to tell the person. Part of the reason for that is that currently a diagnosis of dementia can be made only on circumstantial behavioral information, not on clinical facts and data.
How Speech and Auditory Processing Could Predict Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
In 2013, a study out of Johns Hopkins led by Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., found that older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than similarly aged adults with normal hearing.
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.
Why Does Alzheimer’s Affect More Women than Men?
Women make up two-thirds of the people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Given the general population is about half women, that …
Do Fall Prevention Programs Really Work?
Do fall prevention programs really work to keep seniors safe? Falls are one of the leading causes of hospitalization and injury for seniors and preventing them is extremely important. According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year and every 11 seconds a senior is treated for a fall in the emergency room.
New Study Shows Support Groups Can Help Alleviate Caregiver Burnout
Caregiver burnout is a problem, whether the caregivers are professionals or family members. Many caregivers experience multiple signs and symptoms of stress and burnout, and those symptoms can lead to problems in delivering care.
Studying “SuperAgers” to Find Clues in the Mystery of Alzheimer’s
A study called “Rates of Cortical Atrophy in Adults 80 Years and Older with Superior vs. Average Episodic Memory” was …
The Figures Behind Caregiver Burnout and What Can Be Done
In the United States alone, it’s estimated that there are 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 15 million people providing care to a family member with Alzheimer’s. Of those caregivers, about 60 percent are women.
4 New Technologies for Long-Distance Caregiving
Being a long distance caregiver is difficult to say the least. According to Clinical Interventions on Aging, approximately five to seven million Americans are long-distance caregivers for elders, and this number is expected to double in the next 15 years.
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.
Will Government Policies Reflect Our Aging Society?
The U.S. population is aging faster than at any point in our history. Baby Boomers, (born between 1946-1964) are one of the largest generations ever born in the U.S and every day they are turning 65.