It’s been found that a gum disease, P. gingivalis, may be the cause of Alzheimer’s! Mice were given the gum disease-causing bacteria which in turn gave the mice a brain infection, the proteins amyloid and tau and damaged their brains in areas affected by Alzheimer’s. A drug company, which developed “molecules” that block this gum disease, gave this to the mice and it turned signs of disease around. A clinical trial will be given for this drug later this year. The drug has already passed safety tests in people and entered their brains – it improved those with Alzheimer’s. They now hope to develop a vaccine for P.gingivalis and Alzheimer’s!
This is a great article by By Debora MacKenzie and it offers yet another possibility in the race to find a cure and recover lost memory in Alzheimer's patients. To read Debora's article, follow this link:
Safe homes are a must for seniors, but especially for those with dementia. I want to introduce you to Claire Wentz. She wrote the subject article as a guest on my website. You may visit her website at: www.caringfromafar.com
Room-by-Room Home Modifications Caregivers Can Make for a Senior with Dementia
With the help of a caregiver, many seniors with dementia can age in place, which involves living in their own home, as opposed to living in an assisted living facility. However, even with help from caregivers, family, and friends, seniors suffering from dementia face dangers in an unmodified home. Here is a brief room-by-room guide for caretakers looking to make a senior’s home more adaptive, accessible, and safe.
While the bedroom is a place where your senior will spend the majority of their time sleeping, there are still some measures you should take to ensure their safety.
The bathroom is one of the more dangerous places in a senior with dementia’s home, as it’s full of surfaces that are hard, unforgiving, and slippery.
Any senior’s kitchen needs to be practical, usable, and safe. This goes double for those individuals living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
This is where your senior will spend the majority of their waking hours. As such, this space needs to be both safe and comfortable.
Here are some other ways you can modify the home to make it more livable:
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I cared for Mom for seven years and learned so much from my experiences with her and Alzheimer's.