A weighted blanket is a heavy blanket that is filled with hypoallergenic, nontoxic plastic pellets. Research has shown that a weighted blanket is a simple option not using medication to reduce anxiety and aggression, to calm nerves, to provide com…
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Sunday, December 09, 2018
Nobody loves to celebrate and party like south Louisianians, and during the holiday season, there can be multiple parties on a single night. It makes for a festive season with family and friends.
Sunday, December 02, 2018
Sunday, November 25, 2018
In addition to the anguish and distress Alzheimer's inflicts with the disease, it also creates an enormous strain on caregivers, families and friends, so much so that oftentimes families are referred to as "invisible patients" or "the second victi…
Sunday, November 18, 2018
You are probably experiencing mixed feelings about the Thanksgiving holidays, anxious about all the preparations, family visits and everything that's involved surrounding the holiday.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
According to a Duke University study, population health scientists have described Alzheimer's disease as both decreasing and increasing in prevalence.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Louisiana has only eight doctors who specialize in women's cancers, so an LSU research team wants to bring better service by turning cell phones into medical diagnostic tools for breast cancer.
Caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is very challenging and improvisation can assist in communicating, responding to behavioral challenges and in improving the caregiver's relationship with the affected individual.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Being physically active is important with individuals with dementia. Exervice is beneficial for physical and mental health, improves quality of life and maintains well-being. Additionally, engaging in physical activities can also improve self-este…
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Sunday, October 07, 2018
About 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter, making it one of the deadliest flu seasons in more than 40 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is often difficult to navigate the various support services and providers and to discern what is best for loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia.
Sunday, September 30, 2018
The Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans has announced it is expanding its services to Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes, according to a news release. CAGNO offers counseling, support and assistance to patients undergoing cancer treatment …
Preparation is the optimum word and especially important during this active hurricane season. Having an emergency-preparedness kit is something you can create now, which would be the first steps in coordinating a successful disaster plan for you a…
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Paranoia and delusional behaviors oftentimes develop in people with Alzheimer's disease or other causes of dementia. It takes a measure of understanding of these behaviors to know how to effectively respond and how to continually cope with this conduct.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
A leading addiction medicine expert says doctors are still prescribing too many opioids, and that those in the medical community should taper down doses and create “deprescribing clinics.”
Sunday, September 16, 2018
In Medicare data from years 2008-10, in clinical practice with interviews with people who were being treated for Alzheimer’s disease, one study concluded that just 45 percent of physicians told their patients they have Alzheimer’s. Some physicians…
Sunday, September 09, 2018
People with Alzheimer's disease or dementia typically have a normal visual acuity, unless there are problems such as cataract or macular degeneration.
Sunday, September 02, 2018
BAN2401 is an experimental drug, an engineered monoclonal (cell derived or formed from a single clone) antibody for Alzheimer's disease that is the result of a strategic research alliance between Eisai, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, and BioAr…
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Mindfulness, or mindfulness therapy, can means lots of different things. Its roots are in ancient Buddhist traditions, such as Zen and Vipassana meditations.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Dermatillomania is a disorder characterized by the repetitive picking of one’s own skin. It has been reported by individuals with attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity disorder, depression, Parkinson’s disease, stress and anxiety and Alzheimer…
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Sunday, August 05, 2018
By normal definition, anticipatory grief is the mourning that occurs when a patient or family is expecting death. However, with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, anticipatory grief takes on a new meaning for the caregiver and affected person. Some …
Scientists at LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center are recruiting participants for a study on dementia prevention in older African-Americans.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
We know, we know. Summer seems to just be hitting its groove, and already it's time to think about again hitting the books.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, elders with dementia are thought to be at a greater risk of abuse and neglect than those of the general elderly population. Elder abuse, the center notes, is one of the most overlooked public health…
Sunday, July 22, 2018
"Capgras is a misidentification syndrome characterized by the transient, recurrent or permanent belief that someone known to a patient has been replaced by an impostor with a strong physical resemblance,” explains Erin Shvetzoff Hennessey, vice pr…
Sunday, July 15, 2018
The root cause of behavioral outbursts in someone with Alzheimer’s disease is mostly due to the decline in the person’s language and communication skills. Outbursts also can be caused by an unmet need or needs. The affected person can no longer co…
LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking for men to help evaluate the amino acid arginine and its effects on the process our bodies go through to convert food into energy.
Sunday, July 08, 2018
Traveling with someone with dementia can be somewhat challenging, but planning well in advance can ease the struggles.
Sunday, July 01, 2018
At this point, most people in South Louisiana have fully embraced the summer fun. Trips to the swimming pool and backyard barbecues have already become commonplace, but a trip to the beach may be right around the corner.
Alzheimer’s disease causes a continual decline in vision and perception along with the loss of cognitive functioning. Your dad will struggle to make sense of the world around him, which can be distressing and lonely for him.