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By Mary Brophy Marcus CBS News March 30, 2016, 7:24 AM

Almost half of the people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease are sacrificing their own financial security to do so, and many are setting aside their own basic needs, a new nationwide survey shows.

According to the Alzheimer's Association's 2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, many caregivers put off

The aim: Preventing Alzheimer’s disease with brain-healthy foods.
The claim: You may lower your risk of mental decline with this new hybrid of two balanced,heart-healthy diets – even without rigidly sticking to it – early research suggests.

The theory: The MIND diet takes two proven diets ­­– DASH and Mediterranean – and zeroes in on the foods in each that specifically affect brain health.

The emphasis

During a recent talk I was giving to educate caregivers of persons suffering from Alzheimer's I found this information provided by the Alzheimer's Association to be very helpful and a solid reminder of the reach this disease can have. Sometimes we don't stop to consider that the disease is not reserved for the well aged. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease is

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is a flexible balanced eating plan. Studies show that the DASH diet lowers high blood pressure and improves levels of blood lipids (fats in the bloodstream), which may reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Because the DASH diet is a healthy way of eating, it offers potential health benefits beyond simply lowering blood

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 The Center for Elder Veterans Rights – Kristen Vanderkooi, Esq.
VA benefits are governed by 38 United States Code and 38 Code of Federal Regulations. In short, it’s all about law. What is critical is to work with an accredited individual with a proven track record who understands the law and can provide clear guidance regarding what has to

French method in spotlight for treating patients with dementia


Humanitude, a caregiving method developed in France that emphasizes eye contact, touch and verbal communication to convey respect for the patient as a human being, is gaining attention in Japan for treating patients with dementia.

Tokyo Medical Center in Meguro Ward, one of the hospitals adopting the Humanitude method, provides seminars

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It's the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that results in the loss of intellectual and social skills. These changes are severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life.

In Alzheimer's disease, the brain cells themselves degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in