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Is There a Link Between Insomnia and Alzheimer’s?

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Elyse
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Woman with InsomniaIt is a common problem for many older adults – falling and staying asleep for a full night’s rest. Apart from feeling a tad foggy the following morning, however, and feeling the need for a mid-day snooze to catch up on lost sleep, the effects have seemed negligible. That is, until research recently revealed a potential link between restless sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading “Is There a Link Between Insomnia and Alzheimer’s?” »

Caring for Someone with Dementia? Three Steps for Soothing Alzheimer’s Anxiety

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Elyse
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Caring for Someone with Dementia?“Home is where the heart is;” but what if the person you love has dementia and says, “I want to go home” when he or she is already home? Sadly, if you are caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, this discussion happens repeatedly. And the confusion and plaintive yearning being conveyed are nothing short of heartbreaking – and, if we’re frank, annoying.

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Latest Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Study Linked to Gut Bacteria

Posted on: June 19th, 2017 by Elyse
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Latest Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Study We are what we eat, or so the saying goes, and now there’s even more evidence to support the correlation between our dietary habits and our health and wellbeing. Research is showing a surprising link between following a gut-healthy diet and the potential prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading “Latest Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Study Linked to Gut Bacteria” »

There Actually IS a Bright Side to Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on: June 7th, 2017 by Elyse
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Bright Side to Alzheimer’s DiseaseBringing up the topic of “Alzheimer’s disease” at your next summer pool party is a sure fire way to turn a festive atmosphere into a subdued atmosphere. We’ve long been told (and perhaps witnessed firsthand) all of the negative connotations and associations that go along with the disease. And because there is still not even a cure, it’s natural that an Alzheimer’s medical diagnosis in a family member creates various worries.

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Could This Leukemia Treatment Also Help with Parkinson’s and Dementia?

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Elyse
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What if there was a medication that could treat not just one, but multiple devastating diseases: leukemia, Alzheimer’s/dementia, and Parkinson’s? At Georgetown University Medical Center, researchers are hopeful that nilotinib is that medication. Currently approved to use in those with one type of leukemia, a small trial is causing great excitement in its promising results to rid the brain of toxic proteins. Continue reading “Could This Leukemia Treatment Also Help with Parkinson’s and Dementia?” »

Electrode Implants Could Be the Missing Link to Recovery After a Stroke

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Elyse
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In a new, ongoing trial, deep-brain stimulation – more commonly used for Parkinson’s patients – is being tested on patients after a stroke. Doctors are hoping that the process, which involves implanting an electrode that stimulates a particular area of the patient’s brain after a stroke, will reverse the patient’s paralysis post-stroke and restore mobility. Continue reading “Electrode Implants Could Be the Missing Link to Recovery After a Stroke” »

Prevention Is Key in the Search for a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on: April 17th, 2017 by Elyse
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Prevention Is Key in the Search for a Cure for Alzheimer’s DiseaseAlthough a cure for Alzheimer’s disease has been elusive, with so many exciting developments discarded for their ineffectiveness at reversing or even impacting the existence of the disease (more than 99% of them, in fact, and a full 100% failing to slow its progression after symptoms are evident) – scientists now believe they can best impact the disease prior to when symptoms appear.

Scientists believe this will be the best approach for clinical interventions because by the time cognitive symptoms appear, the disease has already been active in patients for a decade or more. Researchers are hopeful that the latest drug trials on “pre-clinical Alzheimer’s” patients may show “an appreciable slowing of brain degeneration,” allowing for as many as five to ten or more years of healthy life before dementia symptoms become evident. As Dr. Reisa Sperling of the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital describes it, “Many more people would die of ballroom dancing instead of in nursing homes.”

Over 1,000 at-risk participants are being tested with the new A4 treatment (Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s), which involves monthly infusions for a period of three years, as well as PET scans, MRIs, spinal taps, and more. Although grueling, the potential outcome is well worth the inconvenience.

Atlanta Home Care Partners is always on top of the latest developments in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research, and we’re hopeful these latest trials result in, if not a cure for Alzheimer’s, at least relief for the millions who suffer from the disease. In the meantime, we invite you to reach out to us for professional Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care to improve quality of life and wellbeing for our area’s seniors battling the disease – and the families who care for them.

Expert Tips for Those Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by Elyse
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DementiaIf only there was a handbook for Alzheimer’s caregivers, rather than the trial-and-error-and-trial-again method so many of us are faced with. The different stages of dementia that have to be worked through make providing care all the more challenging; the moment we start to feel relatively skilled at handling one phase, we’re on to the next. Continue reading “Expert Tips for Those Caring for a Loved One with Dementia” »

Shedding Some Light on Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Core Cubed
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Alzheimer’s DiseaseScientists are shedding some new light on methods to potentially impact Alzheimer’s disease: light therapy. The benefits of light are only just beginning to be tapped into, and already are demonstrating some intriguing and encouraging results.

For example, MIT analysts are assessing a variety of flickering light therapy, in which the visual cortex of mice is exhibiting a short-term reduction of beta amyloid plaques. And although there’s no indication as of yet about how exactly this will correlate to human studies, this is most certainly worth keeping an eye on.

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Dementia Care News: Promising Alzheimer’s Medication Reaches Final Phase in Human Trials

Posted on: December 6th, 2016 by Core Cubed
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Dementia CareWe’re always thrilled to share the latest dementia care news and developments in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, but none have looked quite so promising as the latest: aducanumab. In its first clinical trial, scientists observed a significant decrease in the level of amyloid plaque in the patients’ brains, and even better, “This is the first antibody tested where the people who had the greatest removal of amyloid from their brains also saw the greatest stabilization of their clinical decline,” according to Dr. Adam Boxer of the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Continue reading “Dementia Care News: Promising Alzheimer’s Medication Reaches Final Phase in Human Trials” »