Tag Archives: alzheimer’s disease

Defining “dementia”

I want to start the new year off by clarifying some terminology around dementia. – If dementia was a “car”, Alzheimer’s disease would be a “Ford” … meaning Alzheimer’s disease is a TYPE of dementia. Lewy Body Dementia is a TYPE of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s a condition in which a set of symptoms exist that cause… Read more »

self-portraits with alzheimer’s disease

I went to an interesting talk last week, titled “a dialogue on aging, developmental disabilities and dementia” and learned a lot about how dementia impacts older persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. – … Like how older persons (>40yrs) with down-syndrome are at a high risk (25%+) for developing Alzheimer’s disease. And the implications of that on health services, aging… Read more »

stem cells : recent updates on brain cell connections

this summer, some great stem cell research with implications for Parkinson’s disease came out of the Centre for Brain Research Centre at Aukland University, New Zealand. in the brain, a slippery coating (polysiatic acid) on brain cells enable them to move easily to their destination, connect with other brain cells and turn into neurons. once they reach their target, the slippery… Read more »

prions & other misfolded proteins : summer reads

A prion is thought of as a protein molecule with no genetic material that can infect, multiply and kill. Prions are caused by misfolded ‘normal’ proteins and were “discovered” by Stanley Prusiner (who won a nobel prize). I recently read Fatal Flaw by Jay Ingram (of Daily Planet and Quirks & Quacks), “the rough and tumble story of prions, filled… Read more »

meditation benefits neurological disorders: patients AND caregivers

There is growing evidence that even brief (5 days −8 weeks) meditation programs may improve neuropsychological, metabolic, and clinical profiles in a range of populations. Studies show meditation reduces stress [26, 30, 33], anxiety [28, 31, 33], and depressive symptoms [33–35], enhance quality of life [30, 34], decrease sleep disturbance [32], cognition [35], reduce sympathetic activation, and enhance cardiovagal tone [27, 36]. Most recently, 10… Read more »

recognizing dementia

classic clinical signs of parkinson’s disease (PD) include: 1) resting tremor 2) rigidity (or stiffness) 3) postural instability (balance troubles) and 4) bradykinesia (slowed movements, like rising from a chair) – However, nonmotor (i.e. pain, sleep difficulties) and psychological (i.e. apathy, depression, hallucinations) symptoms can also occur. – Dementia can also develop in PD. Epidemiology shows PD associated dementia (PDD)… Read more »