13 Things Every Alzheimer's Caregiver Needs to Know

The biggest challenge we face as Alzheimer's caregivers is learning how to understand, cope, and communication with a person living with dementia.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe task of caring for a person living with dementiais often overwhelming.I took care of my mom, Dotty, for eight and a half years, 3,112 days,so I know how you feel. I understand how you feel.Dementia and Difficult BehaviorThe articles below offersolutions to some of the problems we face each day. They have been tested over timeby thousands of caregivers and they work. Most times it takes a littlepractice and a lot of patience. Some work immediately, while other solutions take some time to start working.Don't allow yourself to get frustrated.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:1.Communicating in Alzheimer's WorldIn order to begin the process of dealing with communication in a world filled with Alzheimer's you first need to make a simple important decision - you want to decrease both your stress as caregiver, and the stress of the person living with Alzheimer's disease.3 Ways to Redirect a Dementia Patient and Embrace Reality2.The Importance of Touch and Kindness in Dementia CareOne of the biggest challenges Alzheimer's Caregivers face is how to communicate effectively with someone living with Alzheimer's disease. This challenge is particularly difficult when a person living with dementia becomes nasty and mean.3.Death by Complications from Alzheimer's, What does this mean?Some people...
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Background: The circadian timing system or circadian clock plays a crucial role in many biological processes, such as the sleep-wake cycle, hormone secretion, cardiovascular health, glucose homeostasis, and body temperature regulation. Energy balance is also one of the most important cornerstones of metabolic processes, whereas energy imbalance is associated with many diseases (i.e., obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease). Circadian clock is the main regulator of metabolism, and this analysis provides an overview of the bidirectional effect of circadian rhythm on metabolic processes and energy balance.Summary: The circ...
Source: Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
ConclusionThe present study found amelioration of depressive symptoms for patients undergoing a 10-day stimulation protocol of TNS, and this was sustained after one month of follow-up.
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 April 2019Source: Epilepsy &BehaviorAuthor(s): Maria R. Lopez, Steven C. Schachter, Andres M. KannerAbstractPatients with epilepsy (PWE) have a significantly higher prevalence of psychiatric comorbid disorders involving depression, anxiety, psychotic, and attention-deficit disorders compared with the general population or patients with other chronic medical conditions. Currently, there is no systematic approach in the evaluation and management of psychiatric comorbidities in these patients. In addition, neurologists are not trained to recognize these disorders, and consequently, th...
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Publication date: May–June 2019Source: Brain Stimulation, Volume 12, Issue 3Author(s): J. Albrecht, J. Buday, T. Mareš, L. Kališová, J. Raboch, M. AndersAbstractWe demonstrate the feasibility of lowering the seizure threshold using a combined approach of electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation. High-frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation of the supplementary motor area shortly before each electroconvulsive treatment session resulted in a reduction of the seizure threshold by half in a male patient with a severe psychotic depressive episode of bipolar affective disorder.
Source: Brain Stimulation - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionWe demonstrated that repeated intracranial self-stimulation of LH-MFB ameliorates CLI-induced learning deficits, reverses altered monoamine metabolism and the atrophy of PFC. Our results support the hypothesis that chronic brain stimulation rewarding experience might be evolved as a potential treatment strategy for reversal of learning deficits in depression and associated disorders.
Source: Brain Stimulation - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThese findings demonstrate that acute SCC stimulation produces autonomic and behavioral changes in the operating room that are explained by the modulation of networks associated with long term antidepressant response. Intraoperative autonomic recordings paired with careful behavioral observations and precise anatomical mapping aid in the identification and classification of the intraoperative phenomena.
Source: Brain Stimulation - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionsWe provide evidence that associative bidirectional synaptic plasticity is a feature not only of the sensorimotor but also of the human visual system.
Source: Brain Stimulation - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionPET-scan and tDCS seems to be promising tools for the evaluation and treatment of PNES in clinical practice, and may have a specific role on dissociative symptoms.
Source: Brain Stimulation - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Conclusions: The surrogates were more agreeable to considering assisted dying in the setting of advanced dementia than the physicians, and about half of the participants in both groups reported CDS to be an appropriate option for this population.Neurodegener Dis
Source: Neurodegenerative Diseases - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Conclusions: OBT-A seems to have an effect on central sensitization, expressed by allodynia. This action could be exerted by modulating nociceptive transmission, and reducing the global burden of migraine. Patients with more severe allodynia display a limited long-term effect on headache frequency. The modulation of central sensitization could reduce migraine disability, in spite of the persistence of frequent headache.Eur Neurol 2019;81:37 –46
Source: European Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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