Stress Intensifies Alzheimer's Disease and Challenging Behavior in Dementia Patients

It is my belief that reduction of stress can reduce the progression of memory loss in Alzheimer's patients; and, could lead to a happier, more easy to deal with, person living with dementia.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomStress has a negative impact on our health and can make us sick.12 Ways to Control CareGiver Stress and SadnessI wonder how many Alzheimer's caregivers knowthat scientific research indicates that stress can lead to an increased build up of nuerotoxic beta amyloid in Alzheimer's patients?This research and this new understanding of Alzheimer's had a major impact on the way(s)I decided to deal with andcare for my mother, Dotty.Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:When I first started caring for Dotty, it became clear to me that any little thing could triggerher anger and angst.Learn More -Alzheimer's Care Anger, Frustration, and AgitationDotty's greatest fear was that she was going to be put into a "home". In fact, this was her greatest life long fear.Have you ever taken the time to think about whatworries your loved one, or if they havefears over which they have little or no control?Do Persons Living with Dementia Feel Abandoned?Could this be a source of their unruly behavior?We all learn as caregivers that stress, fear, and confusion can cause thedeeply forgetful to become challenging in their behavior.People with Alzheimer's Can Be Moody, Distrustful, Stubborn, Aggressive, Mean, and DiscombobulatedI did focus onstress reduction...
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CONCLUSIONS: Our analysis on these individuals lead to several interesting observations together suggesting that AD risk factors comprise a network of interlocking feedback loops that may be modifiable. Our findings indicate previously unidentified connectivity between AD risk factors, suggesting that treatment regimens should be tailored to the individual and multi-modal to simultaneously return several risk factors to a normative state. If successfully performed, the possibility to slow progression of AD and possibly reverse aspects of cognitive decline may become achievable. PMID: 30338750 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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This study is part of a growing body of research that suggests a sleep-deprived brain might be more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease. Animal studies have shown levels of plaque-forming A-beta plummet during sleep. Other research points to the fact that a sleeping brain runs the “clean cycle” (a reference to a dishwasher) to remove the day’s metabolic debris, specifically A-beta plaques. A study done in 2017 found that even one sleepless night appears to leave behind an excess of the troublesome protein fragment. While this is all impressive research, scientists believe there are still plenty of gap...
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Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 53, Hazel has been living with the disease for more than 18 years. Her early years were grim even as she fought to do everything she could to improve her health. She used a wheelchair much of time. Then, while attending a bridal show, she stopped to rest at the table of professional dancer Chris Ingram. Ingram asked her if she’d like to learn how to dance. Hazel’s response was what one would expect. “How can I dance when I can’t even walk?”  Ingram just told her to stop by the World Champion Productions Dance Studio and see. Read the full arti...
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Middle-aged and worried about your memory slips? You probably don’t have dementia. The majority of the memory slips that concern this age group, and even those significantly older, are due to stress and other factors rather than impending dementia. However, researchers have now found that people who are suffering from memory loss but are unaware of their problem are most likely developing the disease. Read the full article on HealthCentral about awareness and memory loss - and how lack of  this awareness can point to developing dementia: MedicareFAQ – Medicare Resource Center Support a caregiver or jump-st...
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Abstract Emerging evidence indicates that moderate intensity aerobic exercise is positively correlated with cognitive function and memory. However, the exact mechanisms underlying such improvements remain unclear. Recent research in animal models allows proposition of a pathway in which brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a key mediator. This perspective draws upon evidence from animal and human studies to highlight such a mechanism whereby exercise drives synthesis and accumulation of neuroactive metabolites such as myokines and ketone bodies in the periphery and in the hippocampus to enhance BDNF express...
Source: Ageing Research Reviews - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: Ageing Res Rev Source Type: research
I started to think of my mother as deeply forgetful, not as an Alzheimer ’s patient.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomI was interviewed by Lori La Bey on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio. I had no real expectation going into the interview. I should have known better.Lori caught me off guard when she asked me right up front to explain my construct of the deeply forgetful.Article -What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s and DementiaLater in the day I realized I really couldn't remember what I said. I went back and listened to my own words. I surprised myself while listening.Topic -How to Embrace Reality in Dement...
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This study indicates that as the U.S. population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer ’s disease and related dementia will rise, especially among minority populations.Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future. ” ~ saidCenter for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D.How to Test Your Memory for Alzheimer's and Dementia (5 Best Tests)Racial disparities in future number of Alzheimer ’s patientsAlzheimer ’s disease is the fifth most common cause of...
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This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News (KHN), a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
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DEMENTIA symptoms include memory loss, mood changes, and difficulty following a conversation. Who is more likely to develop Alzheimer ’s disease or vascular dementia, men or women? Risk factors for brain conditions revealed.
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Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the severe chronic diseases characterized with amyloid beta (Aβ) aggregation and formation of senile-plaque (SP) like structures. Numerous risk factors including trace metals and cholesterol in diet have been identified as potential players for the onset of Aβ aggregation. To further illustrate the effects of copper and cholesterol in AD pathology, we employed an AD model mouse strain (Tg2567) and examined the histological and biochemical changes in the mouse brains and blood. When supplied with 0.1 mg/L copper in drinking water and 2% cholesterol in the...
Source: Brain Research Bulletin - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Brain Res Bull Source Type: research
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