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Dementia end stage: what to expect

By Micha Shalev During the end stages of dementia, a person will gradually become dependent on others for all their care and activities of daily living. The body becomes very frail and weak. This information will help you think about what type of care and treatment you might want before you become unable to make […]

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What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?

By Micha Shalev About 5 million Americans, or 10 percent of those over 65 years of age, suffer from Alzheimer’s disease according to the Fischer Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Yet, despite the prevalence of this condition, there exists a great deal of confusion over what it is and what causes it. When a loved […]

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The safety of the person with Alzheimer’s disease

Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s can be rewarding – and stressful. Home safety is important for everyone – but it carries added significance for caregivers. This is especially true if you’re caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease in your home. A throw rug or a stray toy on the steps could easily put your loved one at risk of a fall or injury.

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Placement in a memory care facility: Damned if you do – damned if you don’t

By Micha Shalev Life expectancy has been on an upward trajectory for over 100 years. According to the most recent report released by the AARP, the age group 65 and above will increase 89 percent over the next 20 years, and the 85 and older population will grow 74 percent during the same period. Based […]

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The relationship between dietary patterns and age-related cognitive impairment

By Micha Shalev An estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common type of dementia. Due to the increasing longevity of the U.S. population, the increasing incidence with age, and the lack of effective treatment options for AD, a dramatic rise in AD prevalence is expected. Thus, effective strategies […]

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Silent stroke leading to dementia

By Micha Shalev A stroke can be dramatic—and devastating. As part of the brain is starved of its blood supply, cells may die. If a large number of brain cells die, with them may go some of a person’s ability to speak, move, and remember. Yet there is also another type of stroke—one that is […]

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