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Caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

Living with Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia is difficult enough. Add the stress of a global pandemic to the mix and you’re bound to have a few more questions. We spoke with Lori Nisson, the Family & Community Services director at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute to gain some insight for maintaining routine, connection and safety in unsettling times.

Staying Engaged During Coronavirus Isolation: Home Therapeutic Activities for Individuals Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

As the Coronavirus outbreak forces many families to stay confined at home, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is providing families affected by Alzheimer’s disease with information about simple therapeutic activities they can do to keep their loved one engaged and active while at home.

Mild Behavioral Impairment Can Help Predict Alzheimer’s, According to Study

In the late 1890s, a railroad worker in Frankfurt Germany noticed that his wife, Auguste Deter, was behaving oddly. Gradually her anxiety and mood changes gave way to memory loss, delusions and other signs of dementia. Committed to an institution in the care of Dr. Alois Alzheimer, Deter became the first person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. A new study establishes that even her subtle, early shifts in behavior —  mild behavioral impairment — were scientifically linked to what was to come.

Stalked by the Fear That Dementia Is Stalking You

Testing for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is hardly foolproof, and could even backfire.

Alzheimer’s Tests Soon May Be Common. Should You Get One?

Not long ago, the only way to know if someone had Alzheimer’s disease was to examine the brain in an autopsy.

Alzheimer’s and its impact on the African-American community

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. It is the cause of 60-70% of cases of dementia. In most cases, remembering recent events is one of the earliest symptoms. A disease in the brain, the onset usually occurs in patients over the age of 65 but can occur earlier. Alzheimer’s is one of the most financially costly diseases.

Drug curbs delusions, eases anger in Alzheimer's patients, researchers find

If regulators approve it, the drug could become the first new medicine for Alzheimer's patients in nearly two decades.
 

Holiday Hints for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Holidays can be meaningful, enriching times for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family. Maintaining or adapting family rituals and traditions helps all family members feel a sense of belonging and family identity. For a person with Alzheimer’s, this link with a familiar past is reassuring.

Comedians are being hired by the hour to help dementia patients. Their goal? ‘A full belly laugh.’

About a year after Dani Klein Modisett moved her mother from Manhattan to an Alzheimer’s care center near her Los Angeles home in 2016, she noticed that her mom, then 84, was sad and withdrawn.

This restaurant is starting a monthly ‘dementia friendly’ night

David Nisbet’s father died of dementia this summer, and he wanted to do something to honor his dad and also help other families cope with the sadness of watching a loved one’s memory slip away.