Posts Tagged ‘ Alzheimer’s ’

Alzheimer’s Vaccine–Are We Any Closer to Developing One?

Nov 28th, 2017 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Is the science world any closer to developing a much-needed Alzheimer’s vaccine? Recent studies suggest the possibility may exist. An Alzheimer’s disease vaccine could help prevent the horrible disease, which according to the Texas Health and Human Services, affects one in ten Americans over the age of 65.

Scientists in several universities in Switzerland and the United Kingdom are working on research on this matter; a recent article published in October, 2017, reveals that a new vaccine originally meant to treat and possibly cure cat allergies and psoriasis may also produce vaccine responses in older subjects with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms.



Understanding Dementia Care

Nov 13th, 2016 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The infographic in this article is offered to help caregivers better understand the experience of the person with Dementia. The more we understand the better we are equipped to offer compassionate and competent care for the person with Alzheimer’s or any Dementia-related illness.



Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 1

Sep 1st, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregivers for family members and/or friends who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s find the availability of care-giving resources both helpful and encouraging. In particular, the explanation of stages of the disease and symptoms characteristic of each stage enable the caregiver to better plan for addressing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He/she can be somewhat prepared to help the person with Alzheimer’s mitigate some of the symptoms and make life more pleasant for everyone involved.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

The first signs of a change in brain functioning (cognition) are generally mild and may go unnoticed. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute defines MCI as “…impairment in thinking skills that goes beyond normal age-related cognitive changes but does not meet criteria for dementia.”



FAVORITE SENIOR CITIZEN JOURNAL ARTICLES

Jun 14th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

No, this is not a travel article. If you were expecting one, you should go directly to www.seniorcitizen.travel. for up to date and qualified information on travel.

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BRAIN FOOD FOR SENIORS

Dec 17th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Relationship Between Food and Brain Health Research is increasingly showing the positive relationship between certain foods and brain health.  We all know Alzheimer’s is inherited; but what some of us don’t know is that studies are showing some foods can delay the onset of this dreaded disease.  Like fish.// For example, the Radiological Society of [...]



THE SADNESS OF AN ELDERLY LOVED ONE LOST BEFORE DYING

Nov 30th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There is an enormous loss when a loved one begins checking out before dying. The occasion is demonstrated in a variety of forms, over a period of time, but when it becomes evident to the observer, it is too late to ask those last lingering questions that are now locked behind those eyes and in that mind that no longer functions well. It is sad. It is painful. The recognition comes that what once was able to be shared so readily is now cocooned in a dark somewhere, impossible to plumb. If it is there, it is behind locked doors for which there is no key. Being able to say those remarkably precious words, “do you remember?” no longer applies. An end to one journey and the start of another has begun.

Paranoia, dementia, Alzheimer’s, other cognitive functions and inabilities begin to show their ugly face. They take the form of sheer forgetfulness of selected things at first, and then more generic, more and more. Anger and paranoia are



LOSING LOVED ONES AS MEMORY FADES

Nov 4th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There is no “joy in Mudville,” as memory and brain activity begin to decline and fade. Aging and cognitive impairment is an experience, increasingly made real, prompted as more and more of us grow older, but our mind doesn’t keep up. Oh, were it so that deterioration of mind and body weren’t so often so dramatic and difficult. For some, who sustain their cognitive abilities, it isn’t. They are able to keep relating, remembering, interacting in healthy and rational ways. For others, there comes a void that removes the vitality and vigor making for a sadness and a deep chasm, difficult to bridge.

As time takes its toll, there are some hints at what can be attempted to keep the communication lines somewhat open. Above all, patience and kindness are among the two most necessary and persistent of behaviors to contribute to as much interrelationship as can be enjoyed and achieved.



THE 4 CARES: ASSISTED, SKILLED, MEMORY, HOSPICE

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Progressive issues related to care needs prompt comparing the four cares available to seniors as their health issues require. If you are past 70, you likely have already had to consider one or the other or more of the four cares: assisted, skilled nursing, memory, or hospice.

Most of us, with aging parents have had to go through acquainting ourselves with beyond home care services. Eventually signs indicate the need for more attentive care for persons previously able to live alone and get along quite well.

It is the better part of wisdom to have anticipated this likelihood, to have done necessary homework, cooperatively, and to be ready for that visit to the physician when the recommendation is given for identifying the care need of choice.



Senior Health: Relationship Between High Blood Pressure and Alzheimer’s

Jan 31st, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

High blood pressure (hypertension) is bad for us senior citizens for several reasons… it interferes with our general feeling of well-being, the incidence of strokes is much higher than for those seniors with normal blood pressure, it compromises the entire cardiovascular system, and now we are learning that hypertension is bad for your brain as well. Johns [...]



Senior Women and Alzheimer’s

Oct 27th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

We senior citizens keep looking at Alzheimer’s from as many perspectives as possible.  SCJ has looked at statistics about the disease, whom it affects, the symptoms, how the diagnosis is reached, and now we look at Alzheimer’s and it’s affects on Women.  The Shriver report says this horrific disease affects 10 million women annually.  That means [...]