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 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? […]

Surprising discovery about viruses and Alzheimer’s

Researchers may have found a tiny culprit — human herpes virus — in the progressive loss of memory, thinking ability and identity that comes with Alzheimer’s disease. And it could be a big deal In research that revives a suspicion first raised more than six decades […]

Holly’s Story: Dad was my world, my safety blanket

Holly Edwards is 25 years-old and helps to look after her father, William, who is 89 and has dementia. After a long and difficult journey to diagnosis, Holly shares her experience as a young carer coming to terms with her father’s condition. Holly’s story ‘When I was little people used to think my dad was […]

Does Memory Make Us Who We Are?

It’s difficult to imagine losing some or all of your memories. Your beloved ones are now strangers. You were maybe a bad person in your past, but now it’s the opposite. The words “real” and “unreal” have lost their meaning. When thinking about all these and how they apply to people we know and love […]

Who Will Decide When You Can’t?

Is a dementia-specific advance directive necessary?  A growing number of Americans over age 60, have a standard advance directive, designating a decision-maker to direct their medical care if they became incapacitated.  Not all experts are convinced another directive is needed.  An article in the New York Times, “One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll […]

Mommy, what’s wrong with Grandpa?

By Kerry Luksic from Parents Magazine “Mommy, what’s wrong with Grandma?” asked my then 6-year old daughter, Carly. Her beloved grandma would repeat the same question multiple times or would often act confused. About three years earlier, my mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that causes problems with thinking, memory, […]

Bill Gates reveals personal reason he’s helping fight Alzheimer’s disease

Bill Gates built an empire by being a technological problem solver, but now the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist is working to solve the problem of Alzheimer’s disease.   Alzheimer’s hits close to home for Gates, who revealed for the first time that his father, 92-year-old Bill Gates Sr., suffers with the disease.  “More and more people […]

How Alzheimer’s Emerged From The Shadows

A new movement aims to break the silence over a little understood disease  I remember my grandmother’s descent into dementia. Senile dementia, we called it then. The grandma I had known — never less than immaculately coiffed and dressed, a shrewd and knowledgeable collector of antiques, and a baker of puddings so sublime I can […]