Alzheimers Disease

Surgery Risks May Include Alzheimer's

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living

But it's not contagious.

Maintaining a Connection With Your Loved One After Hiring a Caregiver

AlzLIVE | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living

In the families I've dealt with, there was a sense that after their loved one moved into a care community, the gradual erosion of the relationship with their loved one would suddenly be accelerated to the point that any hope of further connection would forever be lost.

Midlife Obesity Can Mean Early Alzheimer's Onset

The Associated Press | Lauran Neergaard | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Living

And it can start as early as age 50.

This Set Of Dishes Is Designed For People With Dementia

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Impact

One woman's grandmother inspired her unique creation.

Finding Out if Mom's Memory Loss is More Than Forgetfulness

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Living

The big "A." The elephant in the room. The dreaded disease you've been forced to think about thanks to Dear Alice and Glen Campbell and so many others whose stories have raised awareness and brought Alzheimer's right into your living room -- and now, maybe right into your life.

How I Became an Alzheimer's Advocate

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living

But from the moment my mother and grandmother shared with me my grandfather's diagnosis, everything changed. Though my role as national director of sales and marketing memory care for one of the country's largest providers of assisted living was still the same, my motivation was completely different.

Do You Have Concerns About a Family Member's Driving?

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living

Driving is an activity of daily living (ADL) just like getting washed, dressed or cooking. It is an activity that we learn to do once the skills needed to drive have matured. In order to drive safely, we rely on the fine-tuned integration of the necessary physical, visual, cognitive-perceptual, and behavioural skills.

You Can Reconnect With Your Loved One Living With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living

As Alzheimer's disease progresses and the person becomes more and more disconnected from the world around them, caregivers so often, and so unintentionally, lose their way. That's okay, in part because there's no manual for this, no right or wrong. But there are ways that caregivers, like Ed's, can reconnect with their loved one.

How Dementia Patients Benefit From Gardening

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living

Even if your loved one has never been an avid gardener, introducing them to blooms now could be a good idea: this green hobby has been shown to benefit dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Long-term care facilities sometimes refer to it as horticultural therapy -- the connection that dementia patients develop to past and future through tending plants, indoors or out.

Women's Health in Middle Age Can Harm Memory in Late Life

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

Women, this is your wake up call. Don't let stress during parenting, career-building, nesting, and maintaining your relationships become your downfall. I've said that before, but now there's more evidence to motivate good brain health behavior now, not later. And teach your daughters your good habits while you're at it!

Memory Clinics Make Treating Alzheimer's a Family Affair

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living

For six years, Mike and Pat went to the memory clinic four times a year; they were long visits, each lasting a few hours. What sets this approach apart from other family practices that don't offer a dedicated memory clinic is that services were not only for the patient.

Advice for Dementia and Alzheimer's Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living

People living with Alzheimer's and dementia can exhibit a broad range of responsive behaviours, such as wandering, verbal repetition, sexual behavior or angry outbursts. For caregivers, dealing with responsive behaviours can be a frustrating and exhausting task. But there are answers.

What to Expect in the Stages of Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living

While most are aware that Alzheimer's disease progresses in stages, many are still confused about what those stages entail. This is particularly true in North America, where the American health system recognizes seven stages of Alzheimer's while the Canadian system is modelled on three.

Most Alzheimer's Patients Are Women, By A Heavy Margin

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Living

Alzheimer's disease takes a serious toll on the patients who live with it, and the families who care for them. In both cases, it disproportionately...

Former B.C. Premier's Alzheimer's Prompts $9.1 Million Donation

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Canadian diamond miner is donating $9.1 million for Alzheimer's research because his longtime friend — and former B.C. premier — Bill Bennett is...

Are We Closer To Finding A Cure For Alzheimer's?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living

British scientists on Monday announced a major step forward in developing a blood test that could predict the onset of Alzheimer's, potentially helpin...

Alzheimer's Memory Loss Reversed In Mice

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Living

Spanish scientists have for the first time used gene therapy to reverse memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's, an advance that could lead to new drugs ...

Want To Prevent Alzheimer's? Drink More Caffeine

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Living

French and German researchers on Wednesday said they had found evidence in the lab to back theories that drinking caffeine has a preventive effect on ...

Last Minute New Year's Resolutions To Help Avoid Alzheimer's

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

What I've learned through my research or from my colleagues about the prevention and management of dementia is this: Even if we face a family history of Alzheimer's disease and are therefore more vulnerable to dementia, we can prevent the onset of its symptoms, like memory loss and confusion, or its progression.

Try This Exercise Program For Your Brain

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

What does an exercise program for your brain look like? Research supports partaking in brain games (available as apps on your smart phone), word challenges such as crossword puzzles or Sudoku, card games like bridge and learning new skills (like a new language). Challenge your brain every day.

Search For Alzheimer's Sufferer Continues

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

As the search for 64-year-old Shin Ik Noh continues, his family are calling on the public to help. The Coquitlam man with Alzheimer's has been miss...

Ask Elizabeth: Coping with Dementia and Personality Changes

Natalie Strouth | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Kay asks: My husband has dementia and the symptoms are getting so bad that I feel like a prisoner in my own home. I am embarrassed to take him to our daughter's house for fear of what he might do or say. I don't want our kids or grandkids to see him act this way. I am not prepared for these changes and I don't know if I can manage for much longer.

New Help For Alzheimer's Disease?

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - In what's being called a landmark development for neuroscience, researchers have created a 3-D digital reconstruction of a complete human br...

Why I Skip Breakfast to Maintain my Weight

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

It may come as a shock to you, but I always skip breakfast. Instead of rushing to prepare a large breakfast every morning, I practice intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting consists of fasting for a minimum of 16 hours per day. It is a simple dietary approach to achieve longevity, better health, and fitness performance.

Ask Elizabeth: Can People Live Safely at Home with Alzheimer's?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Rebecca asks: My grandmother is getting older and was recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's Disease. She is still very healthy and independently living on her own. We have talked about her desire to remain at home and independent for as long as she can. How can we keep her safe in her home?