• What other People with Dementia Say

    It may be quite confusing to listen to what other people with Dementia say so it’s refreshing to listen to the people who really know and are professionally involved in treatment for Alzheimer’s. Just let’s listen to this rather unconventional video about a highly unconventional but at the same time highly effective therapeutic treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease patients. It’s so great to listen to Dr. Mary Newport speak at this TEDxUSF meeting:

    Steven Newport, Dr. Mary Newport’s husband, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Mary explored various available routine treatment options. However, when Steven’s symptoms became more severe and he couldn’t participate in clinical trials any longer. That’s when Dr. Newport’s scientific deductions were leading her to coconut oil and this application ed to the most amazing results.

    Now let’s look at Jim’s story: “My computer is one of my best friends,” says Jim from his home near Guelph, Ontario. When he started using a computer for his work 15 years ago, Jim never thought he would be relying on it as much as he does now. But then again, he never thought about being diagnosed with dementia.

  • Could It Be Alzheimer’s Disease?

    After the age of 65, one in ten adults is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. However, for a few years, there are some new revolutionary technologies developed to detect and prevent the disease. Today, the pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease can be detected in an early stage thanks to a PET-scan. New research is possible, accompanied by hopes of developing new preventive therapies. So read on and learn what your options are when you think could it be Alzheimer’s Disease?

    In the following TEDxUCLouvain video, Dr. Bernard Hanseeuw talks about brain imaging of early-diagnosed Alzheimer patients. Bernard Hanseeuw graduated as Medical Doctor from UCLouvain in 2007 and in 2011 defended his Ph.D. thesis on early Alzheimer’s brain imaging.

    Well, let’s look at the following story: Twenty-five years with the same company. Eight years to go before retirement. And they were saying, Sorry we have to let you go. There are just too many problems affecting your work. Perhaps you should see a doctor. You might have a medical problem.

    What Mike Crowe and his wife, Nona, of Penticton, B.C. didn’t realize was that Mike was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Inherited Alzheimer’s Disease

    To know that the inherited Alzheimer’s disease form is very rare means little in the village of Harvey, New Brunswick. While only about 7 percent of all Alzheimer’s disease is associated with familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD), in this small community, roughly one-third of the population has this form of the disease. But listen to Dr. Lisa Genova:

    In the video, neuroscientist Lisa Genova (also the author of “Still Alice) explains that Alzheimer’s doesn’t necessarily need to be the destiny of your brain. She talks about the latest research on the disease and some promising practices that all of us can do to make our brain more Alzheimer’s-resistant.

    “It’s on your mind constantly,” says Cathy whose father, aunt and several cousins have all been affected by the disease. “It’s always right there and you wonder, am I next?”

  • People with Dementia are Speaking Out and Why Not?

    People with dementia are speaking out and why not? Many people with dementia have this rich reservoir of experiences to share with others. I would encourage others like me to get out there and become a face of dementia that members of the public don’t get to see very often. In this video, people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s are telling memories they don’t ever want to forget:

    Right now, while I can, it is my responsibility to make the most of my life. It is a blessing for me to feel part of an Alzheimer team that educates the public and reminds them that there are real people with dynamic personalities behind this illness.

    My early stage support group wanted to educate the public so we put an invitation in the newspaper inviting them to a panel discussion by people with the disease. What a hit! We shone that day and the public saw a whole new face of Alzheimer’s disease. Each panel member shared from their heart. What an eye-opener! People were amazed that we all appeared articulate and moreover intelligent. We were seen as competent people anxious to share things that mattered to us.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease is a Family Affair

    Across the world, over 40 million individuals suffer from what we call “Alzheimer’s Disease”. Expectations are that this number will increase drastically over the next few decades. Unfortunately, no progress of any significance has been made to fight the disease since it first was classified more than a century ago. The fact of the matter is that Alzheimer’s Disease is a family affair. Just listen to Dr. Samuel Cohen speaking about Alzheimer’s Disease in the TED Talks video:

    Check out also the following conversation:
    I try not to feel bad when he says things that sound mean,” says Jylelle. “I really try to remember that he doesn’t mean it.”
    “He recognizes Grandma, but he doesn’t know who you are,” reminds Virginia. “You would likely act the same way if you thought strangers were in your house eating your food,” she explains. Explaining the disease in a way that the girls can relate to improves their understanding and empathy for their grandfather.