Archive for August, 2013

Inspiration: Teen Leading New Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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By Alliance Home Health Care staff : A certified and top-rated provider of Home Health Care, Senior Care, and At-Home Care in Indianapolis, Indiana

Alzheimer’s affects more than 5.2 million Americans directly, but the impact the disease has on friends and family stretches far wider. It is estimated that 30% of Americans have a family member affected by Alzheimer’s, and with “the age wave” approaching, that number is expected to grow. For one young teen in the Boston area, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, and seeing the impact of the disease, has inspired him to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Max Wallace is only a freshman at Boston University, but he has a written a best-selling book on what to expect when a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He’s making great headway in the fight against Alzheimer’s through his research at the Boston University Laboratory of Molecular Psychiatry, and he’s also started a non-profit called Puzzles To Remember, a company focused on distributing puzzles to people affected by Alzheimer’s to help keep the mind active and alert.

What makes Wallace’s fight so special is A.) he’s experienced, first hand, the effects of Alzheimer’s on loved ones, and B.) he’s dedicated to fighting the disease on a number of different platforms. Similar to how we, at Alliance Home Health Care, use our Nostalgia program to help stimulate the mind and provide the necessary resources to educate friends and family on Alzheimer’s, Wallace’s Puzzles To Remember program and book designed to teach children what to expect when a loved one has Alzheimer’s, are designed not only to help fight Alzheimer’s, but provide friends and loved ones with a better understanding of the disease.

We, at Alliance Home Health Care, applaud Wallace in his fight against Alzheimer’s and are inspired by someone so young making such a great strides is conquering this disease. It seems the future of science and research in understanding and beating Alzheimer’s is in good hands.

 

 

 

 

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New ‘Scoring System’ Could Help Doctors Find Diabetes Patients At Risk For Dementia

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

By Alliance Home Health Care staff : A certified and top-rated provider of Home Health Care, Senior Care, and At-Home Care in Indianapolis, Indiana

Good news in the medical world today, and for those with type-2 diabetes, as scientists have discovered a “scoring system” that could lead to doctors accurately determining diabetes patients at risk for dementia. Allowing physicians and patients to start taking better steps to avoid dementia earlier.

Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in California call the new system the “diabetes-specific dementia risk score” (DSDRS), which studies a variety of risk factors that range from simple eating habits to mental health issues, such as depression. Researchers used the scoring system to assess a variety of type-2 diabetes patients, and scored them from lowest (-1) to highest (12-19). The results showed that patients with the higher scores, 12-19, were 37 times more likely to develop dementia than those who scored lower.

As previously mentioned, having an accurate scoring system could help personal doctors and physicians better predict diabetes patients that are higher at risk for dementia, and work with them earlier than ever before to help reduce their risk and prevent dementia.

“Our scoring system has the potential to change clinical care by giving clinicians a simple and accurate way of predicting the risk of dementia in older people with type 2 diabetes.” study authors said.

While there is no cure for dementia-related diseases like Alzheimer’s, yet, studies have shown that taking steps earlier to prevent dementia, like better eating and more exercise, can help one lower the risk of dementia. And the earlier physicians can detect risk factors, the better one can start taking a step in the right direction towards better health and wellness.

 

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