Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is highly stressful, and getting through the holiday season can be particularly difficult.
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms that impact memory, communication abilities and activities of daily activities. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, affecting between 60% and 80% of the people with dementia.
The Louisiana chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is convening a diverse group of experts who specialize in caring for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia for a conference Nov. 11-13.
About 5% of the Alzheimer’s population has the younger-onset form of the disease, which develops between the ages of 30 and 60.
Caregiving does not cause depression. However, caregivers often overlook their own self-care because they are diligently trying to provide the best possible care for their loved ones.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is the only disease in the top 10 causes of death that has no prevention, treatment or cure. Many misconceptions and myths surround the debilitating, neurogenerative disease.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, local blood provider Vitalant and food delivery company Waitr are partnering to launch a two-week blood drive to help Baton Rouge patients through life-saving blood and plasma donations.
As Alzheimer’s disease develops, one of the first affected areas in the brain is the hippocampus, which is responsible for forming memories.
As Amber Johnson drove to the hospital on Mardi Gras morning with her 5-year-old son Ethan screaming in pain from the back seat, she said a prayer.
Because Alzheimer’s disease affects each individual differently, the causes of incontinence (loss of bladder and bowel control) can vary.
Changes do occur in many aspects of relationships between the affected person and his or her caregiver during the course of the disease. These changes, however, do not diminish a person’s need for love and affection.
Most caregivers will experience feelings of loneliness to some degree in their Alzheimer’s caregiving journey. The isolation during this COVID-19 pandemic especially exacerbates these feelings, causing anxiety and stress, depression and sleep depr…
The very first sense we acquire is the sense of touch. Unfortunately, touching is not a usual part of daily routine care for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia.
Aducanumab is an investigative drug therapy for treating Alzheimer’s disease from Biogen, an American biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
If she just started staying with you, then she might be looking for something familiar, something that will offer her some security and sense of comfort.
Your family home is the keeper of cherished memories, of good and bad times throughout your life and the lives of your siblings. A lot of mixed emotions are felt in finally letting it go and saying goodbye to something that has been such a sentime…
This is a time in your married life when your husband especially needs your help and understanding. He needs a shoulder to lean on and a sympathetic ear to listen.
Lab-based experiments on various types of antioxidants have been promising. However, studies involving people have provided limited support for claims that antioxidants may protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, dementia with Lewy bodies and other forms of dementia sometimes develop repetitive behaviors such as hair pulling.
Anticholinergics are a type of medication that blocks the action of a neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger in the brain known as acetylcholine.
Administering medications to someone with Alzheimer’s disease is often a painstaking and challenging process.
The website Dailywireless.org has a team that thoroughly researches products and services for the home and the consumer.
The second annual LYFE Line Teen Summit has been scheduled for July 22-24 at BREC's Milton J. Womack Recreational Center, 6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge.
A new smartphone app developed by scientists at Pennington Biomedical Research Center holds promise in helping to make it easier to stick to a weight-management plan by using photos of food to immediately give a calorie count.
Five Wishes is an advance directive that was originally introduced in 1996 for Florida only. Created by Jim Towey and the nonprofit he founded, Aging with Dignity, it combines a living will and health care power of attorney, while addressing matte…
Created, developed and founded in 2003 by Gary Glazner, the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project uses interactive poetry readings to enhance quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
Some doctors are starting to see major psychological effects of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown as patients cope with months of isolation, job loss and life changes.
Benson’s Syndrome, or posterior cortical atrophy, is a rare, progressive degenerative condition and is a form of dementia not considered a type of Alzheimer’s disease.
The summer solstice marks the first day of summer and arrives on June 20. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year.
Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area is offering fives days of online conferences for those taking care of people with Alzheimer's or other memory-related impairments.
In a natural disaster, whether it's hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods or others, people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia can be especially vulnerable. Their limited mental capacity may severely limit their ability to cope.
Understandably, parents have been reluctant to bring their babies to the doctor for vaccinations and wellness visits during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Infection prevention strategies to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic are especially challenging in long-term care environments as residents may have a difficult time in following recommended infection prevention practices, such as social …
The National Institutes of Health has awarded an $11 million grant to Pennington Biomedical Research Center scientists to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, according to a news release.
The coronavirus has taken something from every individual and the social isolation and loneliness compounds situations as well as making caregiving much more complex.
Baby boomers have driven the current growth of the population 65 and older to an unprecedented time in U.S. history. This generation has brought both challenges and opportunities to the economy, infrastructure and institutions.
On April 7, Karin Shetler awoke in the middle of the night to a toe that was throbbing violently. She threw back the covers to reveal her purple-colored middle toe.
Those with diabetes can get healthy lifestyle information in Wednesday sessions on Facebook Live hosted by registered dietitians from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
Most people know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to avoid the spread of the coronavirus in public, but what about within our homes?
Extra challenges in maintaining good nutrition may be encountered during this world health crisis. Though nutritional recommendations should remain basically unchanged, someone with Alzheimer's or dementia might be experiencing some anxiety which …
Wandering is very common in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and can occur at any stage of the disease journey. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s will wander.
You can be part of a new study that will examine how coronavirus is affecting health behaviors in people worldwide.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments tend to mirror the emotions of those around them, which is known as emotional contagion.
As Alzheimer's causes more brain cells to die, it takes away the individual’s judgment and ability to reason that the image in front of them is his or her own reflection.
Fred Rogers, of that oh-so-famous "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," recalled that when he was a child and was alarmed by disasters on the news, his mother told him: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."