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Alzheimer’s and dementia

How to Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Caring for an aging loved one is challenging. When that loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the task can seem nearly impossible to even the best of caregivers. It’s difficult to know the person you are very close to may lose the ability to remember your name or worse recognize you. While every case is different, here are some general guidelines intended to help you provide the best possible care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for cognitive decline and memory loss….

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The Connection Between Diabetes and Dementia

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Those with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing chronic cardiovascular conditions, but could it also be affecting your brain? Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the country, and puts you at risk for other serious conditions like heart disease and stroke. Recent studies have found that diabetes may also increase the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Journal of the American Medical Association said the link between diabetes and dementia is hypoglycemia – low blood sugar. Our brains use glucose (sugar) for energy. When blood glucose levels are too low, like in…

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Are We Close to a Cure for Alzheimer’s?

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One of the most devastating things to hear is that a senior loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Families can feel helpless as they watch the disease slowly progress and change their loved one into a completely different person. It destroys brain cells and leads to memory loss, decline in brain function, and ultimately, death. To date, there is still no cure. Over 5 million American seniors have Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to increase 40 percent to reach over 7 million by 2025. As of now, there are Alzheimer’s treatments that improve symptoms like memory…

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Cognitive Decline in Seniors: Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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A recent study from the Global Burden of Disease found that between 1990 and 2013, there was a 92 percent increase in the number of dementia-related deaths and years lived with disability due to dementia. Currently, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2050. In 2015 Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will cost the United States $226 billion. “In less than a quarter of a century we have seen a staggering increase in the number of people living with dementia globally,” said Dr. James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s…

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Common Fears of Long-Term Illnesses

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Nearly 100 million Americans have long-term illnesses, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. A long-term illness, sometimes called a chronic illness, is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured. A growing number of this population is seniors. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of seniors with two or more chronic illnesses increased from 37.2 percent in 2000 to 45.3 percent in 2010. According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the most common long-term illnesses affecting the elderly are: Adult onset diabetes Arthritis Kidney and bladder problems…

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