Get the Right Diagnosis from a Neuropsychiatrist

We always hear the terms “dementia” or “Alzheimer’s”, but the fact is that there are many different types of dementias, each taking their own course over the lifetime, and each benefitting from different treatments. If your loved one is confused or forgetful, etc., it is critical that you work with a neuropsychiatrist to...
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Research at Brandeis on Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s

Researchers right in our own back yard at Brandeis University in Waltham are conducting fascinating research on the causes and prevention of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, and other neurological disorders.  You can watch a lecture by Professor Petsko here.  He introduces some intriguing research concepts - one idea they are exploring is whether all...
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Caregiver: Care for Yourself, Too

Caregiver burnout is a dangerous side-effect of dedicating your time and energies to the care of a loved one. All the physical activity, combined with the worry, isolation, and frustration, make for a dangerous recipe. Families frequently come to me when Mom got sick from the exhaustion of caring for Dad.  Another common scenario...
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HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project: Caregivers

This weekend I watched the film Caregivers (don’t you just love On Demand?).  One theme that jumped out was the isolation that caregivers suffer.  Several of the film’s stars (I think that’s a good name for them) talked about how very quietly the invitations to events and gatherings stopped.  Not only does...

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ARTZ is Artists for Alzheimer’s

A ground-breaking group of artists has put together training for museum staff to allow them to host small groups of people with Alzheimer's along with their families and care partners.  Research shows that people with AD can tap into long-held memories through an art medium.  Spending time with, or, creating art, can bring...
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HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project

Have you been watching this series?  So far I’ve only been able to catch the film on scientific research.   They are describing all sorts of research and discoveries occurring in the field, all exciting and cutting-edge stuff.  The field is so young, and there is such an abundance of research activity testing a...

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