Give It a Rest…Sometimes
Jul17

Give It a Rest…Sometimes

If you are a caregiver to a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the fact that it is summer may have escaped you. Wasn’t it just New Year’s? But, yes, it is summer and while you may not think you could ever take a vacation from taking care of a loved one, you should. Taking care of yourself should be high on the list of any caregiver of an elderly parent or other relative with cognitive issues. Burning out or making yourself sick...

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Three Things to Do Now for Your Aging Brain
Jul14

Three Things to Do Now for Your Aging Brain

Staying physically fit and participating in mentally-challenging activities can help keep your brain sharp as it ages. Scientists presenting at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Interantional Conference in Denmark presented data that shows that keeping physically active — whether from walking, dancing or riding a bike — can reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment or MCI. More than 1,800 health seniors were...

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New Tests — For Eyes and Smell — Help Detect Alzheimer’s
Jul14

New Tests — For Eyes and Smell — Help Detect Alzheimer’s

Scientists are exploring several new low-cost ways of detecting Alzheimer’s disease years before the ailment’s worst symptoms set in. Currently, the only way to determine if a person has the disease or is at risk for developing it are expensive brain scans or a spinal tap. But researchers presenting at an international conference on Alzheimer’s this week say they have a few alternatives. One promising new test measures the amount of...

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B. Smith’s New Fight
Jul14

B. Smith’s New Fight

Some people know her as the Black Martha Stewart. But those of us in the African American community know B. Smith as a style maven in her own right. She was one of the first black super models who went on to create a line of beautiful home products. She put her name on a chain of upscale, soulful restaurants. But now, B. Smith is battling Alzheimer’s disease. She sits down with producers from CBS Morning News to talk about her...

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