People with Alzheimer's can improve with treatment just as any other person who develops depression. And many things can be done in the caregiver-patient relationship to help.
Humans have long wondered why we dream and whether it serves a purpose. The truth is that nobody knows for sure, but studies suggest that dreams may help people consolidate and reorganize memories so that they can perform cognitive activities better.
Taking care of a close family member with a chronic illness is deeply stressful, not least on an emotional level. Yet, too often, the everyday physical and practical demands of caregiving can push that psychological distress aside. It is all too easily overlooked, neglected not only by the caregivers themselves, but also by society at large. However, new evidence from recent studies is drawing well-deserved attention to the emotional needs of caregivers. Here's a look at some of what they've found.
Depression is unusually common among people with Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, depression rates are elevated among people who have other types of dementia, as well as among individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition that often precedes Alzheimer's. In their search for a better understanding of the links between depression and these conditions, investigators have discovered that people with dementia often fail to display the classic symptoms of depression.
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is a routine screening test for cognitive impairment in older adults that's widely used by doctors in the United States. Although MoCA isn't intended to prove or disprove definitively whether someone is experiencing problems with thinking or memory, it can be a helpful tool when used as part of an overall assessment by doctors trained to diagnose cognitive problems.
While there are no set criteria for determining when a person with Alzheimer's disease should be prevented from driving, there are warning signs. Read on to learn about common indicators that a person's dementia is making it difficult for him or her to respond safely while behind the wheel.
Wandering—leaving the home unannounced—is a serious problem that needs to be prevented. Wandering can lead to danger and even death when an impaired person walks alone. Never forget that the confused person may no longer possess the judgment to navigate safely in these once "normal" environments. If your loved one has shown any tendency to wander, here are three simple tips that can help.
A study from Yale University suggests that having positive attitudes about aging may have beneficial effect on memory and cognition.
What can you do to get your loved one who is suspected of having a memory problem to go to the doctor for a proper evaluation? Practical advice for a delicate situation.
Alzheimer's disease advances slowly through three stages, progressing from mild forgetfulness to severe dementia. Its course is relentless, but the rate of mental decline varies from person to person. Here's a brief look at what occurs at each stage.
Two classes of antidepressants are associated with cognitive decline in older women, according to a study of 1,234 women in their 80s.
Losing a loved one brings on grief and other complex feelings, but caregivers of people with terminal diseases may experience similar emotions well before the person passes away. This phenomenon, known as anticipatory grief, can be just as intense as bereavement following the death of a close relative or friend—sometimes more so, psychologists say. Informal caregivers for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia may experience a unique version of anticipatory grief.
If you like to tango, cha-cha, salsa, swing, or foxtrot, here's more reason to put on your dancing shoes: Dancing may be good for the brain, according to a study from Germany in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) should regularly do physical exercise to help improve memory and prevent further decline, according to the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology, which were endorsed by the Alzheimer's Association.
A large German study published in 2016 found an association between the long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) in people over age 75. But two new studies failed to find any such association.