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Article: Activities

How Swimming Strengthens The Body And Mind

by TEAM ALZLIVE


A long day at the beach. Hours spent splashing in the backyard pool. A refreshing morning swim. Many of us have positive memories associated with swimming. But the activity isn’t solely for the young. In recent years, researchers and long-term care providers have begun to test how swimming can help…

Article: United States

Silver alert: the lost ... and the found

by TEAM ALZLIVE


When a loved one with Alzheimer’s goes missing, it’s a cruel moment for the family. In early April, the Los Angeles Daily News reported that the LAPD was seeking the public’s help in locating a 79-year-old Northridge woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and was last seen Friday evening,…

Article: Happiness

80-odd years of happy

by TEAM ALZLIVE


Residents and staff at the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch, New Zealand, combined their many talents to come up with this brilliant video tribute. 80-odd years of happy involves 60 residents and staff members strutting their stuff to Pharrell…

Article: Websites

Canada Resource Directory for alzheimer's help

by TEAM ALZLIVE


Holidays are often the time when family members discover that a relative has symptoms of Alzheimer's. Don't rush to emergency. Call for help and suggestions here, first. The following is a comprehensive shortlist of sites and helplines across Canada. If you or someone you know has just been diagnosed,…

Article: Money

Money Advice is Low-Hanging Fruit

by TEAM ALZLIVE


You may be surprised by the amount and quality of free financial advice available to seniors. While there is a lot of information to sort through there are plenty of qualified people available to help. You can take to the web and do your own research or obtain the services of a personal financial advisor.…

Article: Fitness

How Holistic Exercise Helps

by TEAM ALZLIVE


A new study, published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, suggests that patients with dementia can benefit from a holistic exercise program. By combining the elements of yoga, tai chi, qigong and meditation, researchers from Teesside University in the U.K. helped dementia patients…

Article: Books

Hate wordiness... but need answers to your qs?

by TEAM ALZLIVE


This is the number one book for you. Memoirs, how-to's, novels about Alzheimer's are published seemingly daily. But if you want a book that is simple and direct, try The Alzheimer's Answer Book: Professional Answers to More Than 250 Questions about Alzheimer's and Dementia. Written by Charles Atkins,…

Article: United States

Did Robin Williams have Lewy Body?

by TEAM ALZLIVE


According to the New York Daily News, a study of his brain tissue suggested Robin Williams "suffered from 'diffuse Lewy body dementia.'" This is a condition that frequently leads to Parkinsonian motor symptoms, depression and hallucination, an autopsy and toxicology report said. Read more about Lewy…

Article: Caregiving

Preventing Agitation

by TEAM ALZLIVE


People with dementia may, at times, seem quite agitated. They will seem restless, they can be repetitive, or they may act aggressively. All of these are extremely upsetting or irritating behaviors for the caregiver. According to the Mayo Clinic and others, these agitations or restless behaviors may…

Article: Caregiving

Keeping Cool

by TEAM ALZLIVE


Tips for keeping cool: Encourage your loved one to drink more fluids than usual, but avoid tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages. Avoid the outdoors during the hottest times of day (from 11 am to 4 pm). Drive as close as possible to the doors of buildings you are travelling to in order to avoid long walks…

Article: Caregiving

"I want to go home"

by TEAM ALZLIVE


Quick tips for when your charge pleads, "I want to go home!" Don’t argue: Don’t tell your loved one they “are at home” or “can’t go home.” This will make them feel more confused or agitated. Distract: Change the subject, start a new activity, offer them a cup of tea. Tell them you’ll…

Article: Good

Breakthrough in a petri dish

by TEAM ALZLIVE


Drop the mice. Researchers have recreated human brain cells for use in Alzheimer's research. A significant breakthrough toward the ultimate goal. According to Gina Kolata in The New York Times: "For the first time, and to the astonishment of many of their colleagues, researchers created what they call…

Article: Caregiving

False accusations of theft

by TEAM ALZLIVE


Quick tips for when you are subject to a false accusation of theft: Don’t argue. Your loved one’s complaint seems real to them. Divert attention. Tell your loved one you will help them look for the misplaced item but “find” something else (like an old photo or cassette) distract them along the…

Article: Well-being

The caregiver's prayer

by TEAM ALZLIVE


There's a neat little 12-step "prayer," that is the Mother's Little Helper of caregiving. It pops up on websites and blogs; people pass it along to their friends who are looking after someone with dementia or Alzheimer's. Fridge-worthy? It might be. It was written by Carol J. Farran, DNSc, RN, and…

Article: Inspiration

Making a splash!

by TEAM ALZLIVE


Check out these three remarkable individuals, from a photographer to a runner (not your ordinary runner) and their brag-worthy achievements. You'll glow. Bob Wellington People living with Alzheimer’s do lead productive and active lives. Bob Wellington, a former communications officer for president…

Article: Caregiving

Beef Up Calories

by TEAM ALZLIVE


Beefing up calories, for those in later stages of Alzheimer's. Use cream to add calories, fat and vitamins A, D, E and B2 (riboflavin). Stir cream into oatmeal, soup, milky desserts, sauces and hot drinks. It can also top desserts. High-fat yogurts, and cheeses like full-fat cream cheese or mascarpone,…

Article: Websites

Alzheimer’s Resources for the United States

by TEAM ALZLIVE


We've compiled a list of Alzheimer's societies and organizations within the United States. The following links will help you navigate the various services and resources available: Alzheimer’s Helplines Helplines provide reliable, confidential information to assist those with memory loss and their…

Article: Websites

Alzheimer's Associations - Midwest

by TEAM ALZLIVE


The following is a list of Alzheimer’s Associations within the midwest United States. These chapters are a wealth of resources, education and caregiver information. They can make your life easier and help you back on the caregiving path. The Alzheimer’s Association  Founded…

Article: Websites

Alzheimer's Helplines

by TEAM ALZLIVE


The following is a list of Alzheimer's helplines within the United States: These helplines can accommodate 170 languages and dialects. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 Alzheimer’s Foundation of American Hotline: 866.232.8484 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17 Chicago, IL 60601-7633…

Article: Websites

Alzheimer's Message Boards

by TEAM ALZLIVE


Here are a couple of Alzheimer's Message Boards in the United States, but there are lots more. Tell us if you've found a great one. Email to Info@Alzlive.com Alzheimer’s Association (U.S.) Message Board Dementia Caregiver Forum #8230;




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Anger and Resentment

by TEAM ALZLIVE


Guest: My story is a multi faceted one starting with mom and I sharing a home and because of that sibling jealousy, then moms diagnosis of Alzheimers, stress from siblings accusations and aggressive behavior from mom. In the end mom and I very abruptly forced to sell our home and then mom going to a…