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Study Indicates That APOE4 Gene May Play Role In Alzheimer’s

On August 15, 2011, Posted by , In Alzheimer's Disease, By ,,, , With No Comments

A study in the December 15 issue of Journal of Neuroscience suggests that that the APOE4 gene, a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, alters connections in the brain before amyloid plaque accumulates. The clinical implication of finding connectivity changes in the brain prior to amyloid accumulating is that it…

Science Provides Innovations In Care For People With Alzheimer’s

On August 15, 2011, Posted by , In Alzheimer's Disease,Dementia, With No Comments

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted innovative ways to personalize approaches to providing care for dementia patients. In one facility, breaking nursing home rules to provide individualized care is no longer beyond the scope. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s or an effective medical treatment and Alzheimer’s presently…

As Couples Age, Living Apart May Become Necessary

On August 15, 2011, Posted by , In Home Care, By ,, , With No Comments

A recent story from The New Old Age Blog (New York Times) profiles a couple faced with unimagined separation because of their differing level of decline. A professor and his wife who has Parkinson’s disease moved into an assisted living facility where they could receive better care. The wife developed intensifying…

Technologies Survey What Caregivers Want

On August 15, 2011, Posted by , In Home Care Technology, By ,, , With No Comments

The National Alliance for Caregiving and UnitedHealthcare released the results of a survey of caregivers about their interest in using technology to support their caregiving roles. The survey included 1,000 participants who provided at least five hours of care a week and already use technology. The three most popular technologies…

New Robot Boasts The Latest In Sensor Technology, Promises A Brighter Future For Japan’s Elderly Population

On August 11, 2011, Posted by , In Home Care, With No Comments

A new robot using high-precision tactile sensors and flexible motor control technology has taken Japan one step closer to its goal of providing high-quality care for its growing elderly population. Developed by researchers at RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI), the new robot can lift a patient up to 80kg…

Distance Caregivers For Advanced Cancer Patients Have Special Needs

By 2012, an estimated 14 million people will serve as distance caregivers to family members who live across the state, across the region, even across the country. “No longer are families living just around the corner from each other,” says Polly Mazanec, an assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton…

Despite Memory Loss, Patients With Amnesia Still Feel Emotions

A new University of Iowa study offers some good news for caregivers and loved ones of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Patients might forget a joke or a meaningful conversation – but even so, the warm feelings associated with the experience can stick around and boost their mood. For the study,…

Almost 40 Percent Of Chronically Ill Older Adults Rely On Others For Care

Almost 40 percent of chronically ill older adults in the U.S. live alone, and a majority of those who are married have spouses with at least one chronic illness that can affect their ability to provide support, according to a U-M study published in the journal Chronic Illness. The results…

Much-Needed Break To Family Caregivers Provided By Adult Day Care Services

Adult day care services significantly reduce the stress levels of family caregivers of older adults with dementia, according to a team of Penn State and Virginia Tech researchers. “Family members who care for dementia patients are susceptible to experiencing high levels of stress,” said Steven Zarit, professor and head, department…

Grandma doesn’t remember me

How does having a family member with dementia affect children? The answer: It depends on the age of the child, the severity of the memory loss and the child’s relationship to the person with dementia. The better you understand how the disease affects your loved one, and how you handle…