Weekly Article Round-Up: First drug that can slow Alzheimer’s dementia, exercise programs for seniors, and the importance of a supportive community as a caregiver.

Weekly Article Round-Up: First drug that can slow Alzheimer's dementia, exercise programs for seniors, and the importance of a supportive community as a caregiver.


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Alzheimer's & Dementia

First drug that can slow Alzheimer's dementia:

It may sound unbelievable but a dug company out of the United States has claimed it has created the first therapy that could slow Alzheimer's disease and is planning to bring it to market. The company named Biogen is soon seeking approval from the FDA for its drug called Aducanumab. The approval process can take a year or two and they plan to initially offer it to patients who enrolled in the clinical studies of the drug. They claim the drug helps slow the decline of the client's memory and daily living skills.

Trick-or-treating can alarm people with dementia. Here's how you can help:

This article discusses a few tips to help make Halloween a little less scary for older adults. One of these tips is to make sure someone is with a person suffering from dementia. Check on any elderly neighbors or relatives and make sure they are not experiencing any anxiety or confusion due to decorations or activity. Try to keep overstimulation to a minimum, use of strobe lights and fog machines may confuse older adults.

Study Raises Fresh Dementia Concerns From Playing Pro Soccer

Researchers from the University of Glasgow have reported the results of their study on professional soccer players. Though the study showed that players had a lower risk of death from any cause until age 70, it also showed they had a 3.5 times higher rate of death from neurodegenerative diseases. The risk is still relatively small however, 1.7% compared to the 0.5% control group.

Home Care

Gentle exercise program improves outcome among older home care clients:

A study recently published shows that a gentle exercise program delivered by home care aides can improve client health. These gentle exercises include seated step-in-place, arm curls, and an ankle point-and-flex exercise. The caregivers in the home provide motivation and aid with the exercises.

When family dysfunction disrupts in-home care:

This article talks about some ways to prevent any family disputes from disrupting the care of your loved one. Disputes between children or spouses could result in older adults getting lower-level care than they need. These disputes also can cause unneeded anxiety for the one needing care. Some solutions include setting rules and sticking to them, finding a role for everyone and recognize when people are doing their best.

How To Tackle the Caregiver Crisis - Once And For All:

There are more than 15 Million U.S. adults that require some degree of personal care. However, the demand is way larger than the supply. The two main takeaways from the article are that there need to be more home care interventions on a larger scale. The second takeaway is that there should be a national push to improve workforce conditions for caregivers, including pay, training, and job quality.


How Important is a supportive Community as a Caregiver?

This little video talks about the importance of local communities and employers to help caregivers out. It also stresses the importance of finding balance as someone takes one the role of a caregiver.

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