When her father moved into a nursing home thousands of miles away, Jennifer Levin realized she had to stop pretending his health was fine.
Two years earlier, Levin’s father began experiencing symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disorder that can limit how a person walks, speaks, swallows and thinks. When he moved to the nursing home, Levin, then age 32, decided to fly back and forth from Los Angeles, where she lived and worked, to help with his care. On top of coming to terms with his diagnosis, she was now managing his care logistics, which quickly grew complicated. Continue reading here
In addition to memory loss and confusion, many people with Alzheimer’s disease have trouble sleeping. Now an NIH-funded team of researchers has evidence that the reverse is also true: a chronic lack of sleep may worsen the disease and its associated memory loss.
The new findings center on a protein called tau, which accumulates in abnormal tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. In the healthy brain, active neurons naturally release some tau during waking hours, but it normally gets cleared away during sleep. Essentially, your brain has a system for taking the garbage out while you’re off in dreamland. Click here to read the full article.
This edition of The Caregiver features our Caregiver award nominations, Caregiver University, information on vision & oral care as well heart health tips and has information on our upcoming workshops and support groups. Click here to view our Newsletter
In Cabrillo's effort to reach adult learner and immigrant populations we are coordinating a Registration Fair with a focus on these communities. Please see attached flyer and share as widely as possible. Spanish speaking staff will be available, financial aid and academic counselors will be on-site, child care will be provided (for the first time) and light snacks. This Registration Fair is taking place next Thursday, January 17th during two time slots: 9am-12pm and 5:30pm-8:30pm at the Cabrillo Watsonville Center.
Everyone handles grief differently. There is no right or wrong way to work through the pain of coming to the end of one’s life. This is especially true for someone suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, a neurological disorder where the death of brain cells results in memory loss and impaired cognitive functioning. You must have a great deal of compassion, respect and patience when handling emotional topics, like end-of-life care and funeral arrangements, for someone with Alzheimer’s. Please click here, to continue reading this article.
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