SUPPORT FOR OLDER ADULTS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Cannabis and Dementia

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a controversial topic in the medical community, with some well-respected doctors advocating for its use and others concerned about its addictive properties and long-term effects. There have been a number of articles in newspapers and blogs over the years that claim that cannabis or one of its components called cannabinoids […]

Accepting Alzheimer’s, One Lost Memory at a Time

After my diagnosis, I silently held out hope that it had all been a big mistake. With a slow moving disease like Alzheimer’s, there’s still time for doubt. Perhaps the diagnosis is wrong and the memory holes and struggle for words are just normal aging. Deep in your psyche, there’s still a little spark of […]

Special Caregiver Concerns

Caring for a person with dementia can be all consuming. Researchers have found that a person who provides care for someone with dementia is twice as likely to suffer from depression as a person providing care for someone without dementia. Not only do caregivers spend significantly more hours per week providing care, they report more […]

Dementia is Getting Some Very Public Faces

(First appearing in the New York Times) When retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor  released a letter announcing that she’d been diagnosed with dementia, probably Alzheimer’s disease, she wrote,“As this condition has progressed, I am no longer able to participate in public life,” she wrote. “I want to be open about these changes, and while […]

Family Conflict Caused by Alzheimer’s

Sadly, an ill loved one is the number one trigger for family conflict, according to a study conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network. Coping with the reality of a loved one’s Alzheimer’s not only has its emotional difficulties, but logistical ones as well, especially in terms of decision-making and bearing the responsibility of […]

The jokes about “old-timers’ disease” aren’t funny and they’re inaccurate.

We think of Alzheimer’s patients as septuagenarians in nursing homes, but then there’s early-onset Alzheimer’s, which strikes, well, early. Early-onset of the disease can begin when people are in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. Because early-onset is often more difficult to diagnose, there is unfortunately a delay to diagnosis – If recognized early treatment, which […]

First, dementia stole my mother’s smile

Amy Koss writes often for the Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times.  Her Op-Ed piece in Sunday’s paper (Oct 14) captures so beautifully her experience and the changing relationship she has with her mother living with Parkinson’s dementia. Reprinted from the OP-ED section of the Los Angeles Times, Sunday, October 14, 2018 There are […]

What NOT to say to a family caregiver

Have you ever heard things as a family caregiver that you thought were outright ridiculous? Have you ever wanted to say something to help a family caregiver but weren’t sure what to say so you said nothing at all?  So often, people don’t know what to say. They have the best intentions and just need […]

Unusual Strategies to Fight Dementia

In the fight against depression and passivity, which are often symptoms of dementia, activities at OPICA are designed to stimulate residents with activities like dancing.  While caregivers and academics believe that engaging environments help dementia patients cope better, solid evidence for their long-lasting effectiveness is hard to come by, in part because dementia has no […]

KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE

KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE as you age, because they may be the key to keeping your brain healthy. According to a new study, published Thursday in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, found that mice housed in groups had better memory and healthier brains than those living in pairs.  So what does this mean for humans? […]