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The Dangers of Family Dynamics Resurfacing when Looking After Elderly Parents

Posted on: August 16th, 2017 by Elyse
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Family CaregiversPerhaps your family rivals those on Walton’s Mountain in its unconditional love, unwavering patience with one another, and determination to stick together through thick and thin. But if your family members are similar to most, there’s definitely some degree of dysfunction, some lingering mulish sibling rivalry, as well as some residual competitiveness to be Mom’s and Dad’s favorite. As care needs increase in looking after elderly parents, the family once again has to band together to support them. Unfortunately, though, old childhood hurts can resurface and family dynamics can be exacerbated. Continue reading “The Dangers of Family Dynamics Resurfacing when Looking After Elderly Parents” »

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?” »

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” »