Are you feeling overwhelmed with feelings of stress, fear or anxiety about the uncertainty of COVID-19?
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that has no cure. There's no way to slow or stop its progression, and there's no proven way to prevent it.
Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a daunting task, and one in which most caregivers get burned out and break down emotionally and/or become physically ill.
The good news: Use of tobacco products declined among U.S. middle and high school students from 2019 to 2020, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration.
Fibromyalgia affects about 10 million people in the U.S. and is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain accompanied by symptoms such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and fatigue. Additionally, those with fibromyalgia also fr…
Why do some people benefit so much from exercise while others enjoy few health gains or even suffer harm? Does age matter when it comes to exercise’s health benefits? Are there “molecular signatures” — sets of genes, proteins and other variables —…
Attempting to preserve traditions, hold family celebrations and prepare holiday foods can all be stressful and overwhelming for the Alzheimer’s caregiver in normal times. Trying to get through it during the coronavirus pandemic can add more layers…
Louisiana's Hunter Hayes will guest host an episode of mental health research nonprofit One Mind’s “Brain Waves” live webcast show at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18.
Communication is relational so staying connected in the late stage of the disease is key to maintaining the affected person's sense of self and quality of life.
"Some experts would put psychotherapy on the same par as medication treatment. Others would say there's evidence it's even more effective in early stages." That from a report on everydayhealth.com posted by Dr. Christopher Callahan, an aging resea…
According to the American Lung Association, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and causes over 480,000 deaths every year.
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.