Your brain needs good cholesterol, too!



It is well-known that high blood cholesterol levels are not good for the heart. Is is also quite known that high levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) - the bad type of cholesterol - can build up … [Read more...]


Keeping a “cool head” not good for Alzheimers patients



I remember a food ad a long, long time ago which went like this: Keep cool but don't freeze. In fact, keeping your cool is very important in our present day stressful society. But this isn't seem to … [Read more...]


The brain activity of the AD gene carrier



It's in the genes. And the gene variant is called APOE-4. I am referring to the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia. And even in early adulthood, … [Read more...]


The link between Alzheimer’s and mad cow disease



Could there be a link between Alzheimer's disease and mad cow disease? Most likely, according to researchers at Yale University. And the link seems to be in the proteins called prions that are … [Read more...]


In the making: blood test for Alzheimer’s disease



Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease is often a problematic process. Over the years, the field of biotechnology has tried to come up with screening and testing methods that can help identify this disease. … [Read more...]


Physical activity helps reduce memory decline



This study by psychologists at the University of Illinois at Pittsburg is not directly related to Alzheimers and dementia but it does tell us about how to keep our spatial memory functioning even at … [Read more...]


Hope and Help For the Holidays — Involve Your Loved One



The holidays, for Alzheimer’s caregivers, are filled with a myriad of emotions. Hope and gratitude that another year has passed and our loved one is still with us. We have Fear and anxiety regarding … [Read more...]


Hope and Help for the Holidays — General Tips and Information



The holidays can be stressful for anyone. If you add sickness, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to the mix, you can really have a recipe for disaster as you attempt to navigate the holidays. It's … [Read more...]


Recipe for Life Biscuits and Fried Apples



Okay, we are going southern this week. I got this recipe from a cookbook called, the Ethnic Vegetarian by Angela Shelf Medearis. The original recipe comes from the southern section of the book. Of … [Read more...]


Hope and Help for the Holidays – Halloween



Halloween - This day can really throw a person with dementia into quite a tizzy. I mean, those scary masks and glaring jack-o-lanterns can cause the most stable of us to shudder. Consider the … [Read more...]


Hope and Help for the Holidays



It's October and according to some retailers, the holidays begin now. I don’t listen to the marketing hype, but when I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner (which I am not this year), I start thinking … [Read more...]


Recipe for Life – Brown Rice and Vegetable Stir Fry



If you are in the caregiving sandwich. That place, where you have children to care for and are the primary caregiver for an elderly person, then you know stress. Balancing life with children is … [Read more...]


The Essence of Caregiving – LOVE



Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees as the old saying goes, and sometimes, as caregivers, we get so wrapped up in solving problems, putting out fires, going to doctor’s appointments and … [Read more...]


A Rant About Home Health Care Workers



Okay, you will forgive me for the rant, but I ran into an old friend this past weekend and she is struggling as she cares for her mom who has Alzheimer’s disease. We shared and compared war stories. … [Read more...]


Recipe For Life – The Absolutely Amazing Apple



Apples have long been touted as a wonder food. Remember the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” That may not be far from the truth. I hope as you battle the monster, Alzheimer's … [Read more...]


Legal Resources For The Caregiver



A while back I did a post that asked the question, “Do You Need an Elder Law Attorney?” Today, I want to give you some resources to help you navigate caregiving from a legal perspective. For me, the … [Read more...]


More on Guardians and Conservators



Yesterday, I talked about how courts/judges make decisions regarding who might be awarded conservatorship/guardianship. Today, I want to look at the process and what it takes become a conservator or … [Read more...]


Guardianship and Conservatorship Who Has First Rights?



It’s obvious to you, other family members and even friends that something is awry with your loved one. It’s serious enough that you and others have begun to think about taking over the financial and … [Read more...]


Caregiver’s Corner — Let’s Get Involved



Every year close friends of mine participate in the NOCC (National Ovarian Cancer Coalition) Walk that raises funds and awareness for ovarian cancer.  I have had the opportunity to participate for two … [Read more...]


A Recipe For Life — Zucchini Grinders



Hola! From Chile' Yes, I am sharing this Recipe for Life all the way from South America, at least I was there when I first wrote it, but technology (or lack thereof), made it impossible for me to … [Read more...]


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