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Month: February 2014

New gene discovered to offer insight into Alzheimer’s disease

February 28th, 2014

Very interesting to watch as scientists move closer towards an understanding of the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Let’s keep the progress moving! http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2014/new-gene-discovery-illuminates-alzheimers-disease.html


Working Caregiver Balancing Act – What are the challenges for employees and employers? Free webinar

February 28th, 2014

This 16 minute webinar explores the challenges faced by working caregivers, employees who are balancing caregiving for an aging relative and working.  There are inherent difficulties that both the employee and employer face.  Let’s encourage employers and EAP programs to …


Twin brains afflicted with Alzheimer’s show similar patterns of neuropathologic changes

February 27th, 2014

Very interesting research was done on identical twins’ brains at the time of autopsy.  Oh, I wish we could figure out what causes Dementia so we could get closer to a cure!  http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-twin-brains-afflicted-alzheimer-similar.html


Does your parent suffer from cognitive loss? Connect with his or her doctor as soon as possible – excerpt from my upcoming book

February 26th, 2014

I am writing a book about the necessary conversations families must have about aging prior to a crisis.  Here is an expert that discusses a son’s experience with his father’s doctor.  His father had Alzheimer’s disease that had not been …


You are what you eat! Quick tips for healthy senior nutrition

February 25th, 2014

Seniors are at risk of not having their daily nutritional needs met.  This can be a result of many factors such as decreased mobility, medication interactions or side effects, cognitive deficits, isolation, climate barriers and mental health issues.  What are …


Worried about home safety for a senior? Tips to securing home safety

February 24th, 2014

Here are some guidelines when trying to ensure that your loved one’s home is safe as they age.

First, make sure to start with the following:

  • Name of neighbor/friend/relative and phone number to contact in the case of an emergency

Basic facts of Lewy Body Dementia – How to distinguish the symptoms from other types of Dementia

February 21st, 2014

This is a fantastic website!  This link will provide you basic and clear information about the symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia, as well as advice for caregivers and patients who have this diagnosis.  http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/lewy-body-dementia


Great four minute video on Alzheimer’s and what happens to the brain

February 20th, 2014

I came across this website which is loaded with information about Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  There is a great 4 minute video as well.  This page explains what happens to a brain affected with Alzheimer’s disease very simply. http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/2012-2013-alzheimers-disease-progress-report/primer-alzheimers-disease#affect

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Tax cuts in Canada for seniors and caregivers

February 20th, 2014

Check out this link which provides basic information regarding the tax cuts for seniors and caregivers in Canada.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investor-education/investor-education-fund/understanding-tax/tax-credits-and-deductions-caregivers-and-tax/article16929515/


Signs of senior stress – Quick look at common signs

February 20th, 2014

I liked this quick overview of some signs of senior stress. What is equally important to mention is that some of these signs can be present in individuals who are suffering from a cognitive loss and may not be able …



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