Alzheimer’s mice were given special gamma oscillation entrainment (sound and light stimulus of their brains). This entrainment was a gently flickering light and a pulsating buzz, both timed to fire 40 times per second. The mouse brains began to hum to the same frequency, creating many newly energized immune cells that flooded several areas of their brains, including those most affected by dementia. These immune cells, microglia, worked diligently on neglected protein clean-up. The microglia are usually torpid once Alzheimer’s disease sets in. With the gamma oscillation entrainment, the microglia began vacuuming up the sticky plaques and tangles of protein that stuck around the neurons of the mice with Alzheimer’s.
To learn more about this experimental therapy, which researchers will test on human subjects in all stages of Alzheimer's disease, follow this link:
This article is found in the Los Angeles Times, written by Melissa Healy, on March 15, 2019.
"Using a combination of light and sound to induce brain waves known as gamma oscillations, scientists were able to improve cognitive and memory impairments in mice that were similar to those seen in patients with Alzheimer’s. (Sebastien Bozon / AFP / Getty Images)"
Researchers found during a six-year study that seniors who ate two three-quarter cup portions of cooked mushrooms twice a week reduced their chance of having mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by 50%! This benefit is due to a specific compound found in most mushroom species. The compound is named ergothioneine (ET), a unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. I don’t know about you, but I love mushrooms and will now be heading to the store for my twice-weekly servings!
This interesting and hope-engendering article can be found on the "treehugger" website at: www.treehugger.com/health/eating-mushrooms-may-dramatically-cut-risk-cognitive-decline.html
The article was written by: Melissa Breyer, on March 12, 2019
A study followed over 3,600 people age 50+ for six years and found that adults watching more than 3.5 hrs. of T.V. daily more than doubles memory decline in these adults. Their cognitive abilities declined an average of 8 to 10 %. Those glued to the T.V. set declined between 4 and 5% by contrast. The study emphasizes the need for all T.V. viewers to participate in activities that stimulate the brain, such as reading or playing board games. Over 50? - balance T.V. viewing with contrasting activities.
Follow this link to read more about this study and a video of a caregiver doing the 'exploiting' and mistreatment toward a dementia sufferer (note: this was staged, but the people who responded were NOT actors and got heavily involved to assist the perceived dementia sufferer.
This is from the Epoch Times, by Ashok Ramprasad, dated February 28, 2019 Updated: March 1, 2019
I used to make my mother drive when we went on a grocery or restaurant trip so I could assess her driving skills once I knew she had Alzheimer's. I'll never forget the time we were coming home from a restaurant we'd been eating at for many years and she suddenly became disoriented. I knew it was time to take the keys. After reading this article, I now understand why she was involved in an auto accident prior to the time I realized she had Alzheimer's. This is definitely a worthwhile read if your loved one has dementia and still drives an automobile/vehicle of any kind.
The linked article is by Howard Raphaelson | February 25th, 2019 and was posted by "being patient" . Howard Raphaelson is a New York City car accident lawyer and partner at Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm. He presents his six signs to be aware of that a person with dementia should no longer drive.
You can access this article at: https://www.beingpatient.com/driving-with-dementia-caregiver/?fbclid=IwAR3BlUsVntaZqYZffH38XwNW8gSw2B-5pk1Mm1eP5TVOFqI_BMJ52QjgruY
This article was written by DAVID NIELD, and published on ScienceAlert/Health
on 9 FEB 2019
A research team has found a protein marker in the brains of people with amassed plaques but without dementia. This marker appears to stop plaques from gumming up crucial communication between neurons. Fifteen distinct proteins separate these people from those with plaque and tau build-up who do develop Alzheimer’s and those without any brain blockages or dementia at all. Researchers want to learn what creates the mix of proteins in the first place!
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A research team has found a protein marker in the brains of people with amassed plaques but without dementia. This marker appears to stop plaques from gumming up crucial communication between neurons. Fifteen distinct proteins separate these people from those with plaque and tau build-up who do develop Alzheimer’s and those without any brain blockages or dementia at all. Researchers want to learn what creates the mix of proteins in the first place?
This article was written by DAVID NIELD and published on Science Alert/Health on 18 AUG 2018
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Guest blogger, Harry Cline, wrote this important article. It's important because most new caregivers tend to get so caught up in giving care to another, that they neglect taking care of themselves. Harry's new book, The A-Z Home Care Handbook: Health Management How-Tos for Senior Caregivers offers tips and how-tos to help guide you through the health management tasks caregivers are most commonly responsible for performing. Please make sure you visit his website: www.newcaregiver.org. Harry has been a caregiver for his elderly uncle and understands what a daunting task caregiving can be for a new caregiver.
Why Self-Care is Necessary for New Caregivers
We all like to care for others, but we usually can do so and still have time for ourselves. If you’ve recently become a caregiver, you know finding that time can be more difficult than ever. But taking time for self-care is even more critical for caregivers. Here are five reasons you need to take time to rest and recover from your responsibilities.
You Have to Take Care of Yourself to Take Care of Others
Your loved one is depending on you for their care. Too often, caregivers don’t make their own health a priority, which can lead to life-threatening illness. When you are responsible for someone else’s well-being, not taking care of yourself can mean taking away the only person who can give them the care they need. Make time to schedule your own checkups and care for your own physical health and emotional well-being.
Caregiving Can Impact Your Mental Health
Being a caregiver and working all hours of the day can leave you feeling overwhelmed and isolated. It’s all too easy for depression, anxiety and stress to creep into your life. To prevent depression, it’s important to start reaching out to others now, as soon as you take up your new responsibilities. Seek solace in local support groups or make time to connect with other family members and friends. It’s also crucial to find ways to deal with the added stress. Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol is not the answer and will only make you feel worse and unable to care for your loved one. You may also think about making an appointment to talk to a licensed counselor. A professional can provide the support you need to stay strong as a caregiver.
Providing Care Can Take a Toll on Your Physical Strength
Getting exercise is likely the last of your priorities right now. But taking care of someone else often requires physical strength. You may need to lift things and provide physical support throughout the day, and working out can help you prevent injury and fatigue and relieve stress. Get out for a few brisk walks during the day and set aside some time for strength training. If you can’t get to the gym, you can use items around the house or set up a home gym to stay fit without taking too much time out of your schedule. To protect your joints and keep your muscles loose, it may also be a good idea to start a simple yoga practice.
Help Can Make a Big Difference
You know you can provide the most loving care, but there still may be times when you need help. Many caregivers find it necessary to hire a home health care worker to assist with the medical needs of their loved one, especially in the beginning. This assistant can show you how to carry out crucial care, such as giving injections or moving your loved one from place to place safely. If you can afford to keep them on, having someone to help with care can take a lot of pressure off you and allow for more time to take care of yourself. If this is not an option, think about getting help with other tasks, such as cleaning and pet care. Consider hiring a dog walker or housekeeping service in your area.
This May Be the Toughest Job You’ve Ever Had
You may be telling yourself that this is simply your duty as a friend or family member, but being a caregiver isn’t always that simple. No matter how much you love someone, being there for them every single hour of every single day can be a struggle. Watching them suffer from illness or injury, especially a terminal illness, can also be brutal. This is why self-care is so important. You need self-care to stay strong, physically, mentally and emotionally.
You’re giving so much of yourself to others. So know that you deserve and need time for yourself. Your new responsibilities can be overwhelming, so you have to be willing to take some time away, take some time to breath and take some time to truly take care of yourself as you take care of others.
In Barcelona, Spain the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation's Program to Reinforce and Stimulate Memory and Health (REMS) created a “Decalogue” that explains how Alzheimer’s patients want to be treated. This article goes into further detail and includes a short video. For instance, they said: “Treat Me With Dignity, Include Me in Conversations, My Opinions Are Valid, If I Believe Something, Don’t Say It’s Not True, or Give Me a Few Minutes.” This information is important to your relationship, whatever it may be, with the Alzheimer’s patient in your life.
You may read the entire article on the Being Patient website at:
I highly recommend reading this wonderful article and viewing the accompanying video.
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.