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All diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s disease are marked by dementia, but not all dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, there are more than 100 known causes of dementia, defined as “chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning.”
For more than 20 years, fitness trainer Charlie Foxman has inspired seniors at The Gatesworth to stay active. But the 71-year-old exercise expert will be the first to tell you that they have inspired him.
Fall is prime time for apple-picking and enjoying the crisp, juicy fruit, whether on its own fresh from the tree or prepared in the form of a sweet treat. Recently, LN called on its readers for their favorite apple dessert recipes. And after careful consideration, we have a winner!
If the good Lord were to give me one perfect day, it would be to have my father back, and the two of us would head to Busch Stadium for Opening Day. Alzheimers took him from us six years ago. The disease may destroy memories, but it won't erase a single second of the time the two of us spent at the ballpark together.
Helping older adults transition from drivers to passengers can be a sensitive topic. “The loss of independence is what they fear most,” notes Mark Blum of BrightStar Care.
Clue to Alzheimer’s Found in Brain Samples
Alzheimer’s disease is a slow decline. Most people who develop it survive for years after diagnosis, gradually losing memory and the ability to care for themselves. Families and caregivers can become overwhelmed. Fortunately, help is available.
Among the concerns of older Americans, Alzheimer’s disease tops the list. And that’s understandable. Researchers are making strides in understanding Alzheimer’s, but a cure remains elusive for the progressive, memory-robbing disease.
Peggy Ross moved into The Gatesworth more than two years ago because she needed help caring for her husband, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “I came because I needed help, but I stayed because it’s such a wonderful place to live,” she says. And the change of setting didn’t mean the 20-year supporter of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis was going to give up on her passion of making education accessible. “I’ve been doing it for a long time, and I’ll keep going as long as I can,” she says.
Watching a loved one slip into oblivion can be painful to the point of despair. Yet Jolene Brackey, author of Creating Moments of Joy, says there’s another way to experience time with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Brackey’s work is based on her experiences as activity director for an Alzheimer’s special care unit, and she recently spoke at Garden View Care Centers in St. Louis to share her message that “it’s impossible to create a perfectly wonderful day, but you sure can create perfectly wonderful moments.”
RESEARCHERS TO STUDY TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR HIGH-RISK LUNG CANCER PATIENTS
Your teeth are nothing without your gums. Healthy gums support teeth that tend to stay firmly fixed in place. But that’s not the only reason to ensure your gums stay healthy.
Just like so many, when Jane Snyder’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she and her family lived through years of denial before accepting the diagnosis. And when the realization finally happened, the Ladue native became proactive in her relationship with her mother, searching for ways to hold onto the connection.
Each year, some 28,000 people in the St. Louis area are diagnosed with a neurological disorder—and for most of these degenerative diseases, there is no cure. “You can’t talk to a person who hasn’t been touched by one of these diseases,” says Hope Happens executive director Robert Kindle, whose father died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). “The diagnosis of ALS is a death sentence. There is no cure and there is no treatment.” The vision of Hope Happens for Neurological Disorders is to change that dire truth by funding research and promoting collaboration in the study of all neurological disorders at the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at Washington University.
MRI Scans Offer Clues for People at Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s
Cancer is perhaps the most feared disease of the modern age. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.5 million new cases were diagnosed in 2010, with 31,160 of those diagnosed in Missouri. However, scientists are discovering new cancer prevention strategies, and we now know that there are things we can do proactively.
If your New Year’s resolution to exercise and lose weight already bit the dust, here’s some information that may get you back on the treadmill: Just 30 minutes of moderate daily exercise is enough to substantially decrease your risk of heart disease. And that’s why exercise is a leading recommendation when it comes to maintaining healthy blood pressure—an important component of heart attack and stroke prevention.
Dementia has two faces: the clinical and the personal. Researchers and physicians work constantly to try to track down the causative factors in dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, because as we live longer, the numbers afflicted go up. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than half of all Americans know someone with Alzheimer’s, and almost 30 percent of them have a family member with the disease.
Here we come, that 76 million-strong boomer bubble, moving toward, among other things, Alzheimer’s disease. By age 80, more than 30 percent of us likely will be afflicted. Dr. John Morris, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University, says current thinking is that by the time symptoms are present, it may be too late to give a single drug that will have any meaningful benefit. “We believe amyloid beta protein is a significant factor, but to get any meaningful benefit may require combining different drugs with different targets. The research we are doing at Washington University indicates that the symptomatic phase is an end phase of a disease that begins years, even decades, earlier,” he says.
Mad over Hamm…‘It’ TV actor (and JBS alum ‘89) JON HAMM is GQ’s Man of the Year! Hamm was honored with the magazine’s most prestigious award during a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House last week. Hamm is the star of Mad Men, currently in its fourth season on AMC.