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Care for Caregivers: Taking Care of Yourself

October 15, 2014

It isn't hard to imagine that taking care of a loved one as a caregiver can be an emotionally, mentally, and psychically draining responsibility. May caregivers feel depressed and isolated and have more or less put their lives on hold to care for their loved one. Yet time and life are not only passing for the person being taken of, but for the caregiver as well, so it is crucial that caregivers learn to care for themselves and maintain their one physical and emotional health. Making caregiving schedules in advance, like managing medicine times and doses, taking respites from caregiving, and maintaining or rekindling social activities and personal hobbies can be difficult, but will ultimately help caregivers in reminding...

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Clinical Trials at UCLA Reverse Memory Loss of Alzheimer's for the First Time

October 12, 2014

The study, led by Dr. Dale Bredesen of the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, is the first of its kind to suggest that the memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease may be reversible—without the use of drugs. The trials involved ten participants, all suffering from memory loss, some due to Alzheimer's, with six who were struggling with their jobs or quitting them completely. However, after three to six months of Bredesen's program, nine of the ten saw significant memory retention improvement, and those who were having difficulties with work were able to return and greatly improve their performance. The failure of collective research on finding an adequate treatment for Alzheimer's is what largely prompted Bredesen to focus...

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Survey Finds Choosing to Become a Caregiver as One of Life's Most Stressful Experiences

October 09, 2014

A survey conducted by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) found that eight of ten people rate choosing to care for an elderly relative as one of the most stressful life experiences, above divorce or separation from a partner, buying a house, or getting married. Much of the reason for this stress apparently comes from caregivers or loved ones having to sift through lacking or poor information regarding care facilities that they aren't sure that they can fully trust. When dealing with dementia especially, many family members struggle with finding the best and most viable care options, and want to make sure their loved one is protected, nurtured, and treated properly. Read more: Choosing care is one of life's most stressful moments,...

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The Death of a Compassionate Alzheimer's Research Volunteer

October 03, 2014

In an earlier blog post from late August, we at Memorable Pets looked at the promising and significant work being done by volunteers with Down syndrome to contribute to the research and understanding of Alzheimer's. One of these volunteers was 40-year old Justin McCowan, who volunteered for a month-long research study at the University of California in San Diego. Sadly, however, Justin died in his sleep on September 23rd in his Santa Monica home. Justin participated in the study a year ago, to help his friend Maria, who also has Down syndrome and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Michael Rafii, one of the researchers in charge of the study, said the researchers at UCSD will be attending McCowan's funeral and also...

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