ElderCarelink Blog

Could nicotine improve Mild Cognitive Impairment?

by Carol Bursack
January 30th, 2012 at 10:05 am

Nicotine as administered through a medical patch, rather than a tobacco product, was shown in a recent study to have some benefit for nonsmokers with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Not everyone with MCI goes on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but many people do. Therefore, the interest in studying mild cognitive impairment is intense.

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Can insulin slow the progression of Alzheimer’s?

by Carol Bursack
September 13th, 2011 at 10:15 am

Good Morning America aired a segment this morning about a pilot study investigating the use of inhaled insulin as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. It has been long known that insulin may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, studies have shown that people with diabetes are at greater risk risk of developing Alzheimer’s. This study indicates that inhaled insulin shows promise as it improved short term memory and daily function in patients with Alzheimer’s.
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Early Alzheimer’s diagnosis: would you want to know?

by Carol Bursack
July 26th, 2011 at 8:27 am

News from the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference which recently took place in Paris has been exciting in many ways. One of the most interesting–and to many people, controversial–topics has been the development of tests that can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease up to 20 years prior to symptoms.

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Study reveals sundowning with Alzheimer’s likely has a biological basis

by Carol Bursack
July 8th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Sundowning is a syndrome in which elders–particularly those with Alzheimer’s–tend to display high levels of activity, anxiety and agitation, sometimes accompanied by delirium, near the end of the day. Sundowning has confused, frustrated and even frightened caregivers over the years.

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Getting out of denial

by Judy Kirkwood
July 6th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

As seasoned caregivers, my sister and I were not surprised to hear a friend’s comment regarding her aging mother, even though it was ridiculously unrealistic. “Since she doesn’t want to go into assisted living, and I’m not going to take care of her, she is just going to have to learn to live on her own.”

As if her mom could continue to live alone.

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