Alzheimer’s Awareness

Good News for Alzheimer’s Research

A new drug is being tested at the moment that may halt mental decline for Alzheimer's patients. It probably won't hit the market for a few years, if the testing goes well. But there is hope! Check out the article from the Telegraph....
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Early onset Familial Alzheimer’s Disease

As I've mentioned in previous blog posts, early onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) is happening more often. People can start showing signs of the disease in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Between 1 and 5 percent of cases are early onset.

Familial Alzheimer's disease means that earlier generations of a family have had the...

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Interesting Homes for Seniors with Dementia

I'm always happy to hear about innovative homes for seniors, especially for those suffering from a form of dementia. Senior homes have come a long way in the past 20 years. My grandmother first had a small room in a lodge that fit a single bed and a very small side table, which was not...

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Wandering

Last fall, after a routine fire drill during the day, Mom woke up in the middle of the night hearing an alarm. She got up, got dressed, and then rushed downstairs and out the front door. She was locked out of the building at around 2 a.m. She walked around the building checking all the...

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Music Sparks Memories

A few months ago, Mom and I attended an Alzheimer's Café, a place where caregivers and people with the disease get together to share an evening of fun. Our local Alzheimer Society provides this event every month. This particular Café hosted a Spanish/English singer who had one of the most beautiful voices I have ever...

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The Young Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

It's still common for people to believe only the "old" get diagnosed with Alzheimer's. However, I'm reading more stories these days of younger people in their 30s being diagnosed. These stories always bring tears to my eyes because those diagnosed usually have young families — children younger than ten.

My mom just turned 72, and while...

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The Rough Days: Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

I visit my mother weekly at her care home. She is very happy there and, by all accounts, the employees say she does well most of the time. In turn, this makes me happy because I want what is best for her. As many caregivers know, the roles of a parent and adult child reverse...
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New Alzheimer’s Treatment

I was recently feeling a little blue about the lack of progress of scientists finding a cure for Alzheimer's. I was further disheartened when I heard that a person in his early 20s has been diagnosed with mid- to late-stage Alzheimer's disease in Southern Alberta. What the heck is going on that so many people...
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Safely Home Program

The Alzheimer Society of Canada has recently partnered with MedicAlert for the Safely Home Program. For those who have dementia and tend to wander, this program will help bring them home safely and give peace of mind to caregivers. By enrolling your loved on in this program, his or her physical description, emergency contacts, and...
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