A food blog has put together this comprehensive guide encompassing the cognitive, emotional, and other health-related benefits of cooking for people with Alzheimer’s disease, how to create a safe environment for cooking and baking, ways caregivers can assist to make the activity enjoyable, and addressing eating challenges that may arise among individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans, about 5.2 million of which are 65 and older. It can be your grandparent, your cousin, your sibling or even your parent who faces the diagnosis. Eventually, those with Alzheimer’s require round-the-clock care, and for many families, that means taking the loved one into their own home.

Accurate information and continued research on the aging process are critical as Americans age. This brochure contains information about older Americans and attempts to dispel the myths regarding that age group. What's important to remember about people over age 65 is that while many begin to experience some physical limitations, they learn to live with them and lead happy and productive lives.

How to Make Cooking a Safe and Enjoyable Experience for Someone with Alzheimer’s, cooking offers many benefits for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, yet it can also be a dangerous activity if the person experiences certain symptoms of the disease and participates in cooking activities without proper supervision and preparation. 

The author argues that we need to support people with dementia to cope with an existential crisis.  12 pages.  Last reviewed January 2017.

This research paper commissioned by the Law Commission of Ontario describes the work in gathering evidence regarding the needs and wishes of patients, caregivers and stakeholders about care at the end of life in their own words.  111 pages.  Last reviewed January 4, 2017.

This artcile reviews the neurocognitive and neuropathologic changes after TBI with particular focus on the potential risk for cognitive decline across the life span in military service members. Implications for monitoring and surveillance of cognition in the aging military population are discussed.

Dementia-related behavioral disturbances are mostly treated with antipsychotics; however, the observed beneficial effects are modest and the risk of serious adverse effects are high. The authors report the case of a 57-year-old woman with severe early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and severe agitation, who was treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). 

With the holidays comes added obligations, an increased demand on finances, visits from extended family, and other added stressors which can make the holidays overwhelming for both the caregiver and those being cared for.

While researchers from around the world work to find new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and prevent the on-set of dementia, families and people affected by different stages of dementia must make good use of all available tools to address the cognitive and emotional symptoms of the condition. One important such tool is music.

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