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Why and How to Teach Grandma to Access the Internet

March 27th, 2014
The Internet offers promising new ways to end isolation and loneliness among the senior citizens we love. This is no small thing. Relationships, after all, are at the core of mental and even physical health. The 2004 Australian ...

What Aging Men Want: The Odyssey as a Parable of Male Aging

BOOK REVIEW.
I love stories and myths, and I am pushing 60. So the title of this book, What Aging Men Want, intrigued me. Author John C. Robinson gears his work toward men in their mid-sixties and older. Until men “experience the reality of aging and accept the inevitability of death,” Robinson writes, they will still be at ...

Depression Commonly Strikes Seniors & Other Vital Facts About Depressed Seniors

Depression Commonly Strikes Seniors & Other Vital Facts About Depressed SeniorsThere’s a common belief that depression is a normal part of aging. It’s not. But unfortunately, it is prevalent among the elderly. A 2000 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry ...

What You Need to Know About Psychosis in Parkinson’s Disease

What You Need to Know About Psychosis in Parkinson's DiseasePsychosis doesn’t just affect individuals with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. It also affects other illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease (PD), a degenerative disorder that disturbs movement and balance. Over five million people worldwide have PD, struggling ...

Could Antibodies or Hormones Slow Brain Damage from Alzheimer’s?

Could Antibodies or Hormones Slow Brain Damage from Alzheimer's?Scientists have discovered that certain antibodies may help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Patricia Salinas of University College London, UK, and her team focused on a protein called Dkk1, present in raised levels in the ...

Dementia and Capgras Syndrome: Handling Behavior and Emotional Fallout

Dementia and Capgras Syndrome: Handling Behavior and Emotional FalloutCapgras Syndrome, also known as Capgras Delusion, is the irrational belief that a familiar person or place has been replaced with an exact duplicate -- an imposter (Ellis, 2001, Hirstein, ...

Pre-Dementia Linked to Ill Health

Pre-Dementia Linked to Ill HealthA large new study is highlighting a link between mild cognitive impairment, physical disability and psychological symptoms such as anxiety. As populations in low and middle-income countries are aging, rates of dementia are rising, say Dr. Robert Stewart of ...

Capgras and Dementia: The Imposter Syndrome

Capgras and Dementia: The Imposter SyndromeAt 3 a.m., wearing pajamas and socks, an 89-year-old man with Lewy Body Dementia was found by a security guard four floors below his apartment. His walker was later found abandoned on the second floor. Agitated ...

9 Tips to Cope with Holiday Depression

9 Tips to Cope with Holiday DepressionThe stress of the holidays triggers sadness and depression for many people. This time of year is especially difficult because there’s an expectation of feeling merry and generous. People compare their emotions to what they assume others are experiencing ...

Learning to Live with Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Learning to Live with Charles Bonnet Syndrome “In the evening, I like to watch the news. That’s when my ‘visitors’ most likely appear,” she said with a little laugh, glancing at her daughter. And then back to me: “I know ...

Charles Bonnet Syndrome: The Mind Plays Tricks with Low Vision Patients

Charles Bonnet Syndrome: The Mind Plays Tricks with Low Vision PatientsFried eggs draped over the objects on the desk. Smaller-than-life-sized people in ancient Roman dress streaming out of the television during the morning weather report. Colorful birds flying through the bathroom, roosting on the shower curtain. ...

Heart Failure May Trigger Forgetfulness

Heart failure has been linked to detrimental changes in the brain, says new research published recently in the European Heart Journal. The condition may occur due to ischemic heart disease or high blood pressure, and affects about three percent of all adults. As heart failure has been linked to depression and cognitive impairment, Professor Osvaldo ...

Brain Fluid Changes Predict Alzheimer’s 10 Years in Advance

Brain Fluid Changes Predict Alzheimer's 10 Years in AdvanceNew signs of future Alzheimer's disease have been identified by researchers at Lund University and Skane University in Sweden. Dr. Peder Buchhave and his team explain that disease-modifying treatments are ...

Improving Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Truths & Lies I Told My Father

Improving Alzheimer's and Dementia Care: Truths & Lies I Told My Father A person with dementia can be said to be inhabiting a different world with a different reality than the rest of us. Habilitation Therapy (HT) tells us that they ...

Improving Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: The Eyes Have it

Improving Alzheimer's and Dementia Care: The Eyes Have it Seeing is believing, yes? In our day-to-day world, we believe that what we see around us is pretty much what others with healthy eyes can see. We see a clear glass ...

Improving Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Emotions Rule

Improving Alzheimer's and Dementia Care: Emotions RuleHabilitation Therapy (HT), a comprehensive behavioral approach to caring for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD), is considered to be a best practice by the Alzheimer’s Association (Alzheimer’s Association, 2012). HT is best used ...

Improving Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Environmental Impact

Improving Alzheimer's and Dementia Care: Environmental Impact Memory loss is the most well known problem associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias (ADRD). However, the decline in the ability of the brain to process visual information is also profound. Such visual changes are ...

When to Worry About Forgetfulness

When to Worry About ForgetfulnessI’m in my mid-50s, and I forget things. Where did I last lay down my car keys? What did I need at the grocery store, now that I’m standing in its aisles? What day is that important meeting scheduled? What did ...

Habilitation Therapy for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Habilitation Therapy for Alzheimer's and Dementia CareAccording to Silverman, Flaherty and Tobin (2006), ..."[I]t is a better understanding of the psychology of dementia – how a person thinks, feels, communicates, compensates, and responds to change, to emotion, to love – which may bring some ...

Drug Effects on Alzheimer’s Patients Reassuring

Drug Effects on Alzheimers Patients ReassuringResearchers have added further detail to their findings on the risks of common drugs for elderly people. Dr. Chris Fox of the University of East Anglia, UK, and colleagues found that anticholinergic drugs -- which block a key neurotransmitter called acetylcholine ...

What Death Can Teach Us about Life

What Death Can Teach Us about LifeI attended a funeral the other week for the husband of one of my colleagues. He was a relatively young man, only three years older than me. I did not know him very well but wished I had known ...

Life is Full of Transitions

Life is Full of TransitionsRetirement: "removal or withdrawal from service, office, or business;" "withdrawal into privacy or seclusion." No wonder this word retirement seems so inappropriate as a description of what I, and many others, am in the process of doing. I will no longer be ...

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life

BOOK REVIEW.
It’s disquieting to forget -- again -- where you left your glasses, where the car keys are, the name of that one woman at your daughter’s school. But everyone forgets, right? Especially these days, with so much information coming at us all the time. Right? It’s not just me? I’m in my mid-50s; could this ...