WARNING: NEW LINK DISCOVERED BETWEEN OTC MEDS AND DEMENTIA

AARP has issued a warning to think twice before taking certain over-the-counter medications, which are now linked to an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study of 3,500 seniors showed that taking these medications regularly for a period of three years increases the risk, and that the danger increases even further when taken […]

WHAT THE U.S. CAN LEARN FROM JAPAN ABOUT CARING FOR THE ELDERLY

With one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world, and with one in five residents a senior (expected to increase to one in three by 2035), Japan has faced the challenges associated with an aging population, and is coming out ahead of the pack. Since the U.S. is not far behind in aging […]

TIPS TO PREVENT FALLS: IF ONLY WE COULD PUT TAI CHI IN A PILL

For older adults, a fall can be a devastating, even life-changing, event, which is why preventing falls is extremely important. Being cautious as you walk is good, but preventing dangerous falls takes more than caution, especially for frail individuals. Being physically fit and strong is the best way to help prevent falls. According to Judy […]

WEIGHT FLUCTUATION AND PARKINSON’S: WHAT TO EXPECT

Weight changes are often a side effect of an illness. Some illnesses, such as thyroid disorders, cause the patient’s weight to increase, while other disorders may cause weight loss. Patients with Parkinson’s disease, however, experience significant weight fluctuations of up to 25 pounds in both directions depending on what stage of the disease they are […]

BEAUTY IN WORDS: POETRY THERAPY FOR ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS

Poetry isn’t just a string of beautiful, sometimes rhyming, words; it has actually been proven to have some significant affects on the brain. In fact, researchers at the University of Exeter have found that reading poetry can stimulate areas of the brain linked to memory. Creative pursuits in general have shown positive effects when used as […]

A KINDER WAY TO TREAT AGITATION IN PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S

When caring for a person with Alzheimer’s, each day can feel like a roll of the dice – will today be a good day or a bad day? The challenging behaviors that often present in Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult to handle, but a new method may help Alzheimer’s caregivers better handle agitation and aggression […]

CAN WE “THINK” OURSELVES TO A YOUNGER, HEALTHIER BODY?

What if the old adage, “You’re only as old as you feel,” were true? Some think it might be, that age may only be a state of mind, and they’ve got very interesting experiments to back that claim. Psychologist Ellen Langer performed a rather radical experiment on a group of septuagenarians in the 1980s that […]

NEW STUDY: ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS MAY PROMOTE DIABETES

When it comes to artificial sweeteners, there has been a long running debate as to whether they are helpful or might cause harm. Many dieters and diabetics purchase these zero calorie beverages and snacks to avoid weight gain and spikes in blood sugar levels, but could they be promoting the opposite? A new study evaluating […]

FORGOTTEN BUT NOT GONE – EMOTIONAL LIFE OF ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS

To quote the late Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” Truer words were never spoken. In fact, a new study from the University of Iowa shows that caregivers have a profound influence on those who often cannot remember […]

MISDIAGNOSED: CONDITIONS THAT MIMIC CLINICAL DEPRESSION

Clinical depression is a serious disease, marked by some classic symptoms, such as guilt, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness and irritability, insomnia, loss of appetite, anxiety, sadness, and often thoughts of suicide. While many doctors are apt to prescribe medications like Zoloft right off the bat when a patient presents with these symptoms, the person could […]