Alzheimers

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 ...

Are You Stressing Yourself Towards Alzheimer's Disease?

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

Consider managing your stress before it manages you. Regardless of whether you've chosen your good stressor (planning a big party for someone special), keeping yourself in stress mode for weeks, months, or years at a time will do a number on your hippocampus that sets up vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease. Here's how it works.

As a Widow, I Miss Touch More Than Sex

Joan Sutton | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Couples who live together in intimacy take for granted the many times in a day when they touch each other, from bumping into one another in the bathroom, to fingertips brushing over a coffee cup or one cold foot seeking out the warmer one under the blanket.

She Wanted To Die With Dignity, Now She's Being Spoon-Fed

CBC | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The family of an Alzheimer's patient who wanted a care facility to stop feeding her so she could die with dignity has lost their battle in B.C. S...

Why Aren't We Doing More to Fight Alzheimer's?

Joan Sutton | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

If research money was allocated according to the burden imposed on individuals and taxpayers, Alzheimer's would be, if not at the top of the list, very near it. But research money is not allocated according to need or burden.

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.

My Husband Is Gone But His Soul Lives

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Fragments of self are swallowed up, bit by bit, in the voracious maw of Alzheimer's. So many pieces flew away over the years , I found myself wondering what is self? Which aspects of it are essential? What makes us human? What is left when self disappears?

The Trouble With Death With Dignity Acts

Joan Sutton | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Truth is, to exit life before Alzheimer's Disease takes over, one has to do it when one still has all his or her faculties, when life is still full of possibility, when days still bring joy. The temptation would be to be greedy, to take just one more day until suddenly, it's too late, the decision is not yours to make any more.

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.

Missing Man Spotted In Vancouver

CBC | Posted 12.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The son of Shin Ik Noh says a number of possible sightings of his missing father have been recently been reported in Vancouver and on Saturday, a sear...

91-year-old Dead After Nursing Home Fight

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

Halifax Regional Police are trying to figure out what happened between two seniors at a home for people with dementia that resulted in the death of a ...

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...

Most New Alzheimer's Sufferers Will be Women - But Why?

Vivien Brown | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada Living
Vivien Brown

Almost 70 per cent of new Alzheimer's sufferers will be women. What makes that fact even more alarming, according to the Women's Brain Health Initiative, is that there is little understanding of why.

Moving Through Grief to the Self-Pity Stage

Joan Sutton | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

By now, most people recognize that the stages of grief outlined in the Kubler-Ross model are not a map. Each of us walks that lonely road in our own way. ut there is one aspect of grief that no one talks about, because it isn't "nice." But, let's be blunt: some part of grief is just plain feeling sorry for yourself.

I Mourn My Husband's Absence, Not His Death

Joan Sutton | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Six months: It was exactly six months ago that my beloved husband died. There was a breath, and then, none. Life left the room, leaving behind love, loneliness, bittersweet memories, and a range of emotions. I do not mourn his death, but I do mourn his absence and I have learned that absence can be a presence.

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.

My Life as an Alzheimer's Widow

Joan Sutton | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Ten weeks have passed since my husband died. Ten weeks of a new status --widow. Widow. The word just seems to beg to be followed by a period. Period. The end: The end of years of love, intimacy, sex, companionship, friendship, partnership, marriage, the end of status -- wife.

Ask Elizabeth: Talking About Signs of Dementia With Your Aging Parent

Natalie Strouth | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My dad is becoming increasingly forgetful and confused. He often calls me several times a day and forgets why he is calling. I tried talking to him about my concerns but he became quite agitated. I am really frustrated and don't know what to do?

Alzheimer's: Goodbye, My Love

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png What Nancy Reagan called the long goodbye has, for me, come to an end. My beloved husband has died, peacefully, in his own home, surrounded by people who loved him. It was indeed, a long goodbye. Seven years spent with Alzheimer's. And a final year, playing hide and seek with death.

I Don't Buy What Dr. Oz Is Trying to Sell

Michael Kruse | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Living
Michael Kruse

Dr. Oz, "America's Doctor," burns my biscuits. Recently, he and homeopath Bryce Wylde offered up what they consider to be the next revolutionary anti-aging super-food: red palm fruit oil. Red palm oil does look like a promising dietary supplement, but the miraculous anti-aging promises by Oz and Wylde never materialize in the data. We just don't have the evidence yet.

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: Transitioning From Partner to Caregiver

Joan Sutton | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png For the caregiver an early diagnosis means time to digest the news, to understand and accept the mountain of responsibilities that lie ahead. Let us hope that this diagnosis comes when your loved one is still capable of participating in a discussion about the future. There is no right or wrong way to proceed -- just what is right for you and the patient.

What the Cha-Cha Can do for Your Health

Lily Sarafan | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Living
Lily Sarafan

In addition to its physical benefits, dancing also promotes psychological and mental well-being. The benefits of dancing are most evident in studies investigating its impact on various conditions including Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's and dementia, all prominent diseases in the senior population.

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.