Alzheimers Disease

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

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

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
AlzLIVE

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
AlzLIVE

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
AlzLIVE

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
AlzLIVE

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?

Alzheimers: Caregiving, Seven Years Later

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png This month, my husband and I enter the seventh year of living with Alzheimer's (AD). The past seven years have been years of learning, of facing the inevitability of age, and what aging means, of stretching myself to accept new responsibilities. I am no longer the only caregiver.

See The Person, Not The Alzheimer's

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - When Elizabeth Allen was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's disease, her first reaction was outrage that she had developed the progressi...

Alzheimer's: The Rivers of My Memory

Joan Sutton | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Glen Campbell made our feet move, our hips sway, touched our hearts and made us smile with "Rhinestone Cowboy," and many more. Now, the rivers of his memory are receding. Glen Campbell has joined the list of millions diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

My Husband and I Now Speak in Silences

Joan Sutton | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png Back when I was young and saw an old couple in a restaurant, sitting throughout a meal without apparently offering a word to each other, I used to think, "How awful." Now, many of those who know about my husband's Alzheimer's (AD) will ask me, "Do you have any conversation at all with him?" Well, that depends on how you define conversation.

Despite the Alzheimer's, I Consider Us Lucky

Joan Sutton | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png There may be saints among us, but I am not one of them. One does not usually associate the words lucky and Alzheimer's disease. But within the world of almost six million North American families struggling with the emotional and financial costs of this terrible disease, I am lucky in many ways.

Alzheimer's: Caregivers Must Also Care for Themselves

Joan Sutton | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png Yes, when I write about how a caregiver should take care of him or herself, I am talking to myself as well as to others. I know how hard it is. For two years, I did not leave my husband. Like so many others, I postponed my own doctor's appointments telling myself I didn't have the time, and turning down invitations from friends. But firm words from two doctor friends helped me decide to take the occasional afternoon for myself.

The Caregiver's Philosophy: Alzheimer's and Anger

Joan Sutton | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png It seems to me that Alzheimer patients have quite a lot to be angry about. It is tempting to take it personally, to be hurt, to even get angry ourselves. But that accomplishes nothing. We know that, in the end, this is a battle that Alzheimer's will win. But the disease doesn't have to win every round. I try to think of myself and my husband as partners in the fight. If I can calm his anger with a hug or a smile or a word of understanding, we have won at least one round.