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About Dr. Pam Hiti

I am a retired Primary Care Physician that has a passion for teaching people about the various forms of dementia and how to care for your loved one suffering with dementia. I spent several years of my career caring for residents at a VA facility living on the Alzheimer's Unit. I produced "The Dementia Caregiver Video Course" that takes you from the workup for dementia, through the various challenges you will face in caring for someone with dementia, to end of life issues.

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Vascular Disease and Prevention of Dementia

Vascular Disease and Prevention of Dementia


Vascular Disease plays a major role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia. Below, you will find various articles and a video that discusses this very issue.



Blood Vessel Damage Plays Key Role in Alzheimer’s-related Dementia – Cornell Chronicle Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:55:15 GMT

Blood Vessel Damage Plays Key Role in Alzheimer’s-related DementiaCornell ChronicleControlling hypertension, diabetes and obesity — so-called vascular risk factors — also may retard the progression and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia, Dr. Iad …

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This is a technical article but the overall information is this: with vascular disease or hardening
of the arteries, “The brain blood vessels become unable to supply the oxygen and nutrients needed
to fuel the most energy-demanding brain functions, such as learning and memory,”  thus, both
Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular Dementia develop. While the study focused on the connection
to Alzheimer’s disease, it is important to realize that Vascular dementia is a direct result of vascular
disease in the brain.



Connecticut study underway could delay or prevent dementia – Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:36:57 GMT
  Connecticut study underway could delay or prevent dementia. Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia are among the most common, robbing people of memory as well as skills related to thinking and learning. The study is looking into how common med …

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This is great news because research shows risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, are the same as those that contribute to dementia. This study will help Providers understand how aggressive to be in treating hypertension, high cholesterol and many more risk factors.



New projects to improve dementia detection – The University of Manchester (press release) Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:03:44 GMT

New projects to improve dementia detectionThe University of Manchester (press release)These changes are thought to be part of one of the important processes involved in causing cell death and tissue loss, and are likely to be particularly relevant to …

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Here is the overall reason for this study: “Successful management of patients with dementia is helped significantly by early and accurate diagnosis. Imaging methods such as MRI and PET are already used in the diagnostic process, but we believe that there is substantial scope for both methods to be improved to provide more precise and sensitive diagnostic information, and to do so in a way that is easily tolerated by patients.” Anything to help improve the EARLY diagnosis of dementia is desperately needed.



Dementia – Cognitive Impairment Disorder Symptoms & Signs – Healthline Jul 15

What Is Vascular Dementia. Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment. What Can I Do to Prevent Dementia. Fun Ways to Prevent Dementia. New Study Strengthens Connection Between Diet, Diabetes, and Dementia.

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This is a great resource, many links to different topics that are helpful.


Vascular dementia

Vascular dementia or multi- infarct dementia is dementia caused by problems in the supply of blood to the brain, typically by a series of …

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“Vascular dementia or multi-infarct dementia is dementia caused by problems in the supply of blood to the brain and is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease “


Prevention of dementia

Prevention of dementia is the attempt to avoid developing dementia . … Since vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia …

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Good resource to help you understand changes you can make in your lifestyle to decrease your risk of developing dementia.


Vascular cognitive impairment

Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is a spectrum of cognitive impairments caused by … Included in this spectrum is Vascular Dementia (VaD …

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Vascular cognitive impairment is a new term being used in Medicine to describe the changes that happen in the brain with strokes and causes mild changes in memory.


Audrey and Alan’s story – living with vascular dementia – Alzheimer’s Society

Watch Audrey and Alan talk about Audrey’s diagnosis of vascular dementia, the lack of treatments for vascular dementia, and why research into dementia is so …

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The goal of this post is to reinforce the need to take care of yourself now, as Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia are irreversible. Stop smoking, start exercising ( include exercises for your brain), treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol aggressively, especially if you have a family history of any form of dementia. To learn more about Vascular Dementia, click here.





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Dementia News


Dementia News

I found interesting articles concerning dementia that I wanted to share. I am also including a video at the end of this post that you need to see if you haven’t already, it lets you see what it is like to have dementia and try to complete simple tasks. Every family member MUST see this!


Adult Asthma Linked to Higher Dementia Risk – WebMD Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:17:42 -0700

People with asthma, particularly older ones, face a greater risk of getting dementia, a new study suggests.

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Interesting study that I feel supports the inflammation of the brain that participates in the development of dementia. Asthma causes a lack of oxygen in the blood stream and therefore, the brain suffers as a result of lack of oxygen, this results in an inflammatory response.



Is It Really Dementia? – Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:22:48 -0700

Maybe it’s not dementia. And sometimes, thankfully, it is indeed some other problem, something that mimics the cognitive destruction of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia — but, unlike them, is fixable. “It probably …

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This article supports the importance of proper diagnosis of dementia. It is estimated that 15 to 25%
of people that present with memory loss have a reversible process that is causing the memory loss.
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Brain Injuries in Older Age and Dementia Risk – WebMD Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:15:21 -0700

“Or to spin it more positively, the younger brain may be more resilient to mild traumatic brain injury or may take longer to show symptoms of dementia,” she added. Whatever the case, she believes the findings should spur …

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This study is interesting. The most important part of the article is the following: “At 55 and older, moderate to severe brain injury was associated with increased risk of dementia. But by 65 and older, even mild brain injury increased the dementia risk, the study authors said”.  Think about how often older people fall…..are we doing enough to help prevent brain injuries to the elderly?



Can General Anesthesia Trigger Dementia? – Scientific … Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0700

Most evidence suggests that receiving general anesthesia during the course of surgery does not increase the likelihood of developing lasting dementia. Yet it is clear something is going on: Recent experiments on animals …

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This is a good article and I can speak from experience that people do develop noticeable symptoms of dementia after general anesthesia. Many of the Veterans admitted to my dementia unit developed noticeable symptoms that caused their families to take them to their Provider for diagnosis. Does it happen to everyone, NO, but the other thing that is important to realize is that if your loved one with dementia needs a surgical procedure, see if it can be done under local anesthesia and not a general. My patients that fell and broke a hip that then underwent a general anesthetic never came back to me the same. The cognitive decline was extreme.



Walnuts May Help Prevent Dementia, Alzheimer’s – Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:00 -0700

Eating walnuts could help keep your brain healthy as you get older because they may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. According to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, walnuts contain healthy ingredients, like …

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Walnuts have omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants that are good for your brain. Obviously, these studies were done in mice but should now move to human study.  If you like walnuts, eat them!



Dementia breakthrough – Daily Express Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:01:00 -0700

KEEPING the brain active and eating a healthy diet are the best ways to protect against dementia in old age, say experts.

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This study was about keeping the brain active from middle age and to ensure a diet packed with health-boosting vegetables, fruits and nuts. A lot of people do crossword puzzles and many other brain teasers to keep themselves sharp. This study indicates that adding to your vocabulary does the same. They also mention walnuts as brain food, so to speak.



What to do about dementia? Advice for the adviser – InvestmentNews (blog) Mon, 03 Nov 2014 05:08:16 GMT

What to do about dementia? Advice for the adviserInvestmentNews (blog)If a person develops dementia, she faces two significant risks. First, and most obvious, the cost of care can be very high. Second, a person with dementia can make costly financial …

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This is a good article that supports the need for early diagnosis and then getting legal matters taken care of, such as naming a financial DPOA and a DPOA for medical making decisions. (DPOA stna



Experience 12 Minutes In Alzheimer’s Dementia

Just what is a loved one with dementia going through? A 12-minute virtual Alzheimer’s tour reveals more than you ever imagined. (To see the original ABC vide…


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Powerful video. Every family member should see this.


Always remember, what you do today impacts your risk of developing dementia. If you smoke, STOP; if you drink alcohol to excess, STOP; exercise and eat right; expand your vocabulary on a daily basis.




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Vascular Dementia News


The Latest on Vascular Dementia

Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia. Learn the latest about research and share what people suffering from this disease talk about.


‘It’s just my brain is misbehaving’ – BBC News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:18:46 GMT

BBC News’It’s just my brain is misbehaving’BBC NewsAlzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia are the most frequently occurring illnesses. There are currently 88,000 people with dementia living in Scotland. It is predominantly a condition of old age, …



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Hats off to Anne, who discusses her journey in dealing with the diagnosis of dementia. Read this and note that she decided to stop driving. She also discusses her desire for privacy, her reaction to all the changes that are occurring and more.


Acupuncture Stabilizes Dementia Patients – HealthCMi Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:48:03 GMT

HealthCMiAcupuncture Stabilizes Dementia PatientsHealthCMiResearch finds acupuncture effective for improving memory, cognition and walking for patients with dementia. First up, we take a look at acupuncture points that improve walking and movement fo …

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I love acupuncture and am excited to see that the use of acupuncture is helping folks. I would caution you before making an appointment for your loved one with dementia that you question whether the Provider is knowledgeable about this. It would be good to take a link to the article to the visit with you.


Connecticut study underway could delay or prevent dementia – Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:36:57 GMT

CBC.caConnecticut study underway could delay or prevent dementiawwlp.comAlzheimer’s and vascular dementia are among the most common, robbing people of memory as well as skills related to thinking and learning. The study is looking into how common med …

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Very easy to understand article and much needed study.




What is Vascular Dementia? Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Brain Video This film looks at vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia, and the connection between a healthy blood supply…


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Why Vascular Dementia May Be Highly Treatable

Vladimir Hachinski, MD, a member of Neurology Today’s editorial advisory board, selected a paper in last year’s Brain that examined the vascular components o…


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Audrey and Alan’s story – living with vascular dementia – Alzheimer’s Society

Watch Audrey and Alan talk about Audrey’s diagnosis of vascular dementia, the lack of treatments for vascular dementia, and why research into dementia is so …


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Vascular Dementia

Not Game Related. This is My Wife’s Grandma singing with my Wife’s Mum. Grandma Jean suffers from Vascular Dementia and these moment of lucidity are getting …


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Medical Minute: Alzheimers and Vascular Dementia with Dr. Wallace


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FrontoTemporal Dementia News


Fronto-Temporal Dementia

Learn about the latest research and information concerning Ftrontotemporal Dementia. I will give you an easy to understand explanation of the research studies that are reported on to help you understand exactly what it means. I also included videos that I think add valuable information for people caring for loved ones with FTD.


What is frontotemporal dementia, and is it inheritable? – Boston Globe Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:41:40 GMT

What is frontotemporal dementia, and is it inheritable?Boston GlobeA. Frontotemporal dementia or frontotemporal degeneration is a set of conditions that involve deterioration in the frontal and temporal lobes, areas of the brain important for decisio …


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The short answer about this being inherited is yes in 25% of the cases. Since this disease strikes much earlier than the other forms of dementia, this is an important fact to know.


Protein that Causes Frontotemporal Dementia also Implicated in Alzheimer’s – Bioscience Technology Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:37:09 GMT

Bioscience TechnologyProtein that Causes Frontotemporal Dementia also Implicated in Alzheimer’sBioscience TechnologyProgranulin deficiency is known to cause another neurodegenerative disorder, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), but its role in Alzheimer’ …

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This study shows that there is a link between low levels of a protein in the brain called Progranulin that causes both FTD and Alzheimer’s to destroy brain tissue faster. This will help researches try to find a way to replace this protein in order to slow the progression of FTD and Alzheimer’s.


Frontotemporal dementia may be detected through the eye – Healio Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:36:11 GMT

Frontotemporal dementia may be detected through the eyeHealioDiopsys announced in a press release that research scientists may have found a direct correlation with functional cell loss in the retina and signs of dementia in those with a genetic risk …

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“The researchers compared ganglion cell activity in healthy subjects with subjects known to have frontotemporal dementia and found a significant decrease in cell activity in the retina of subjects with dementia.” Okay, what this means is that the cells in the eye must communicate or transmit the visual message in the eye and they have found that these cells in folks with dementia, in particular FTD, do not work as well. This is the first step of many in beginning to understand that dementia impacts all our senses and that is why people suffering with a form of dementia have changes in behavior.


Frontotemporal Degeneration Dementia Draws More Attention, Research Funding – Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:13:42 GMT

Frontotemporal Degeneration Dementia Draws More Attention, Research FundingSeniorJournal.comOct. 24, 2014 – Approximately 50,000 Americans live with frontotemporal degeneration, or FTD, which strikes people most often in their 50s or 60s, and causes …

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About time for research to focus on FTD. Here is what the research will focus on: “The grants cover a wide spectrum of FTD research, from fundamental discoveries of the genetics behind this disorder to testing potential therapies in patients. We hope that these projects will provide answers and new avenues of treatment for this devastating condition,” said Walter Koroshetz, M.D., acting director of NINDS.


Labor of love – Mason City Globe Gazette Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:34:51 GMT

Labor of loveMason City Globe GazetteKathy was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in the fall of 2008. She died in May 2012 at age 60 as a result of the disease. Julia, 27, a resident of Clear Lake, said frontotemporal dementia affects language, …

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this article touches on the “switch in roles” of this mother and daughter.I think this is the hardest things for most adult children to do and cope with.



Frontotemporal Dementia

This video shares a gripping story of a young man diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia by Dr. Brad Dickerson. Frontal Temporal Dementia causes cell damag…


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Frontotemporal dementia: Interview with Dad July 2014

Our yearly interview with my dad, who has frontotemporal dementia. He tends to perk up and get a little clearer when the video camera is on him. I think it’s…


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Rankin and Seeley on Frontotemporal Dementia

In this interview with the Love and Human Agency project, neuropsychologist Katherine Rankin and neurologist William Seeley discuss the behavioral variant of…
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Lewy Body Dementia News

The Latest On Lewy Body Dementia

The articles and videos that follow represent interesting facts and comments pertaining to Lewy Body Dementia. I will comment on the articles. Hope you enjoy.


Comorbidity profile in dementia with Lewy bodies versus Alzheimer’s disease: a … – 7thSpace Interactive (press release) Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:23:37 GMT

Comorbidity profile in dementia with Lewy bodies versus Alzheimer’s disease: a …7thSpace Interactive (press release)IntroductionCompared to Alzheimer’s disease (AD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is usually associated with a more complex clinical …

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This is a clinical study that certainly supports what I saw in treating patients with LBD. First, I want to explain what co-morbidity means. It is simply other diseases that that are diagnosed in someone with LBD. I certainly knew depression is a huge problem not only in LBD, but the other forms of dementia as well, but the diagnosis of migraine supports what I saw clinically in LBD. Many times, the patient could not tell me they had a headache and my conclusion was based on clinical observation of their behavioral disturbances that led me to treat them for pain. I was always amazed how much pain medication decreased the behavioral disturbances in LBD over the other forms of dementia. This is a great study. Family members need to keep this in mind when their loved one diagnosed with LBD has a lot of behavioral issues that nothing seems to help. I recommend that you save the information from this article and give it to their Provider when nothing else helps. Your loved one likely needs to be treated for pain, in particular, migraine headache.


Award Winning Photographer, Robert Whitman, Partners with Lewy Body … – Newswise (press release) Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:39:00 GMT

Award Winning Photographer, Robert Whitman, Partners with Lewy Body …Newswise (press release)Newswise — ATLANTA (OCTOBER 20, 2014)— In honor of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) Awareness Month, the Lewy Body Dementia Association proudly unveils, “The Profi …

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This is great. This project will certainly help bring awareness to LBD in a unique way.


Is It Really Dementia? – New York Times (blog) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:22:52 GMT

Is It Really Dementia?New York Times (blog)Perhaps another 25 percent of patients actually have other types of dementia, like Lewy body or frontotemporal — scarcely happy news, but because these diseases have different trajectories and can be exacerb …

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Nice article that brings attention to the need to properly diagnosis the various forms of dementia and Providers need to remember that not all are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Currently, 25% of the diagnosis of dementia involves LBD, Vascular Dementia or Frontotemporal Dementia.For more information on this, go to



Lewy body dementia

Hallucinations. Speech problem, shaking.


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Whoopi Goldberg Lewy Body Dementia PSA


Oscar winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, star of the critically acclaimed television show “The View,” graciously donated her time and completed a public servic…


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Kasem case brings awareness about Lewy Body Dementia


As radio icon Casey Kasem’s family searches for him, more people are learning about his disease, Lewy Body Dementia. News 8’s Kim Lemon, who’s husband suffer…


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Lewy body dementia


A minute in time.


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Health News: Lewy Body Dementia


CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) — Lewy Body Dementia is commonly referred to as “LBD.” Dr. Andrew Duker, a movement disorders specialist, said, “Lewy Body Dementia i…


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Alzheimer’s Disease News

Alzheimer’s Disease News

These are the latest posts about Alzheimer’s that caught my attention, so I wanted to share them with you.

Researchers propose new milestones to augment National Alzheimer’s Plan – Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:50:19 GMT

Researchers propose new milestones to augment National Alzheimer’s PlanNews-Medical.netA series of proposals by the workgroup to enlarge and strengthen the Plan are published today in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association …

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I read through this report and although I am glad a National Alzheimer’s Plan has been started, as usual the Government doesn’t do it right. Here is what the Alzheimer’s Association stated:

“In June 2014, the Alzheimer’s Association convened an expert workgroup to evaluate the milestones, determine whether the field is on track to achieve them, recommend changes in the parameters of the milestones, identify unaddressed gaps, and recommend additional milestones to fill these gaps. The workgroup consisted of world-renowned experts in Alzheimer’s research and policy.

One goal of the workgroup was to stimulate thinking about the Plan milestones at the upcoming NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit and thereby enhance the discussion that will occur.

The recommendations in the newly-published article make it clear that, in order to meet the Plan’s 2025 goal, the research effort for Alzheimer’s disease must be enlarged in scale, expanded in scope, and better coordinated. According to the authors, what is needed are:

More clinical trials, testing more drugs – and more non-drug strategies – against more targets, involving more people and more diverse populations, aimed at treating and preventing more types of symptoms.
More basic research to discover and validate additional biomarkers and uncover new therapeutic targets.
And a stronger research system and infrastructure with more data sharing and collaboration, conducted in a more interdisciplinary manner with increased emphasis on research to identify and translate effective treatments to medically accepted and widespread use.

The authors suggest revisions to a majority of the existing Plan milestones, and propose 25 new milestones. Those of greatest urgency and highest potential impact are in drug development, risk reduction, and new conceptual models of Alzheimer’s.”

I would hope the Government reads this…..they need to implement a plan that will work now, next year, 10 years from now and 50 years from now.


Early memory lapses may be sign of dementia Sandy’s Story: A devastating … – CNN Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:45:12 GMT

CBS NewsEarly memory lapses may be sign of dementia Sandy’s Story: A devastating …CNNThere is no blood test or definitive way to diagnose Alzheimer’s, at least not when the patient is alive. An autopsy can provide a diagnosis, because the brain of …

I totally agree with this statement. Early diagnosis and aggressive management is essential in fighting this disease and improving quality of life. Providers need to stop dismissing symptoms and start working them up.

“The research suggests that people who feel they are forgetting more things may need to be concerned, even if bigger issues aren’t yet showing up on cognitive tests. Participants who reported memory problems at the beginning of the study were more likely to have dementia down the road than those who did not.”

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Walnuts May Help Prevent Dementia, Alzheimer’s – Christian Broadcasting Network Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:04:49 GMT

TheHealthSiteWalnuts May Help Prevent Dementia, Alzheimer’sChristian Broadcasting NetworkEating walnuts could help keep your brain healthy as you get older because they may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. According to the Journal of Alzheimer’ …

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Great news….start eating walnuts!



£55 dementia bonus for GPs ‘a step too far’ – ITV News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:58:50 GMT

ITV News£55 dementia bonus for GPs ‘a step too far’ITV NewsThe Patients Association has condemned plans to pay GPs a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia as “a step too far”. NHS England confirmed family doctors would receive the cash under a new scheme in …

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I am appalled as a Physician, the fact that a Government has to REWARD Physicians for doing their job is unbelievable. Here is the quote that got me:

“NHS England confirmed family doctors would receive the cash under a new scheme in what is understood to be the first national initiative to reward doctors for diagnosing patients with a condition.”




Many inspiring stories that I love.

How Much Coconut Oil for Alzheimer’s & Dementia?

The dementia-fighting active-ingredients in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT for short). What are the best dietary sources? How much coconut o…

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Inspiring Love Story Involving Alzheimers & Dementia

Heartwarming love story about a couple facing young onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in Calgary. This is a condition that affects thousands in Canada a…


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Going Home (A short film on Dementia)

Watch this prize-winning video produced by Vinn Bay and Tee Boon Leng for a video competition as part of the ADI (Alzheimer’s Disease International) conferen…


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I Remember Better When I Paint

creative therapies in people with Alzheimer’s disease and how these approaches can … bypass the limitations of dementia disorders such as …

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All About Alzheimer’s Disease



All about Alzheimer’s Disease, the place where you can get all the latest news. There have been some dramatic developments in the fight against Alzheimer’s dementia! I have put together some topics and my comments about these events.


Alzheimer’s Disease Death Toll Higher Than Thought – WebMD Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:33:24 GMT

The number of people who die from Alzheimer’s disease may be five times higher than previously thought, researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago say. Read more at WebMD.

I am glad to see this study and I agree that there is an under-reporting of Alzheimer’s Disease or one of the other forms of dementia that contribute to death. The fact that this makes Alzheimer’s Disease the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA is earth shaking! It is a fatal disease that has no cure, no adequate treatment and nothing to slow the progression of the disease significantly. I guess it is going to take all of us putting pressure on Washington D.C. to recognize and respond with the appropriate funding to battle this devastating disease.


Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Alzheimer’s – WebMD Sun, 09 Mar 2014 20:15:09 GMT

SUNDAY, March 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A blood test has been developed that can predict with 90 percent certainty whether a senior will suffer from dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease within the next few years, researchers report.

This is exciting but I must caution you that this is a very small study and very preliminary, but certainly offers hope. More studies with larger groups will need to be done and a cause and effect link will have to be determined before drug companies will consider looking at developing drugs to improve the levels of these 10 fats found to be low in individuals that later went on the develop dementia.


Compound in fruits and vegetables prevents symptoms of – Gizmag Sun, 09 Mar 2014 23:18:25 GMT

A compound commonly found in fruit and vegetables, including apples, grapes and strawberries, has been found to prevent Alzheimer’s disease in mice (Photo: Shutterstock). Alzheimer’s disease represents the most common 

Now keep in mind, this study was done in mice, but it is very interesting. I have always advocated for good intake of fruits and vegetables, so now might be a good time to eat things such as strawberries, grapes and apples. I am not surprised that it is an antioxidant, fisetin, that is responsible for this. The role of antioxidants in battling cancer and many other diseases are well documented, so I will follow with great interest in this research.


A Visionary Approach to Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00:50 GMT

You can scientifically define Alzheimer’s disease (AD) as a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills that interferes with daily life. [1] This 

Quite simply, the lens of the eye gets protein deposits in it that can be used to help diagnose and follow the progression of dementia by the amount of this protein found in the lens with this device called SAPPHIRE II. This is going to change the way dementia is diagnosed and monitored.


Actor Seth Rogen brings attention to Alzheimer’s disease at senate Sun, 09 Mar 2014 02:06:53 GMT

Actor Seth Rogen brings attention to Alzheimer’s disease at senate meeting, Courtesy of It’s always good when a celebrity uses the advantage of their fame to further an important cause. Somehow, their voices are 

I have placed the video below if you would like to watch it! It is great!



Seth Rogen Opening Statement (C-SPAN)

Actor Seth Rogen gives his opening statement before a Senate hearing on Alzheimer’s Research. From C-SPAN3 coverage, watch the complete hearing here: http://…


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New study ranks Alzheimer’s as third-leading cause of death, after heart … – Washington Post Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:05:28 GMT

Washington PostNew study ranks Alzheimer’s as third-leading cause of death, after heart …Washington PostAlzheimer’s disease likely plays a much larger role in the deaths of older Americans than is reported, according to a new study that says the di …






Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, also called early-onset Alzheimer’s, or early-onset AD, is the term used for cases of Alzheimer’s …

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), also known in medical literature as Alzheimer disease, is the most common form of dementia . for the disease, …



Everyone should be totally excited about the blood test that has been developed! Granted, it is in it’s infancy, but offers future generations hope in the battle against dementia!


Frontotemporal Dementia – News, Information and My Comments


Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is one of the less talked about ‘Dementias’, but in my opinion, is becoming more common than many report. FTD presents many unique challenges for family members caring for a loved one with this form of dementia. By far, more behavioral issues are unfortunately common and a daily occurrence. Dealing with explosive behavior including anger, harsh language, accusations and many times, violent outbursts that include hitting, biting, kicking and using everyday household items as weapons is what families often find themselves dealing with. I have offered articles and videos below that discuss many aspects of FTD. I will comment on many of them, especially when they  are written by Medical Professionals to help you understand the article.

I Cannot Fix Victoria | Coping With Frontotemporal Dementia Sat, 25 Jan 2014 04:06:37 GMT

I can be the smartest, and most gifted Neurologist in the world and there is nothing I can do to fix Frontotemporal dementia. What can I do? I can serve my wife. I can cleanse Victoria, dress, feed, shelter, protect, and provide 

I have included this website because this is a Neurologist that is caring for his wife that has FTD. This website has an incredible amount of information about the behaviors and symptoms that Victoria is experiencing and will serve to be a wealth of information to anyone dealing with a family member and FTD. I encourage everyone to read this information and bookmark this site so you can visit it frequently.


Fronto-Temporal Dementia – staje Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:27:57 GMT

Fronto-Temporal Dementia (FTD) is a form of dementia that is far less common than Alzheimers, but is equally devastating and swift in its effects. Also known as Pick’s disease, frontotemporal dementia accounts for 10-15% of 

This is a good site that offers a definition and general information about FTD.


The Genetics of Frontotemporal Dementia – DementiaToday Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:57:40 GMT

Dear Readers,. I recently received an email from Paula who expressed concern about the hereditary risk of frontotemporal dementia. Like Paula, and the many people who visit my website, I too, had a parent who died from 

This is a great resource for families. It addresses the issue of hereditary potential is you have a relative with FTD. They also offer a great resource you can download called Understanding the Genetics of FTD: A guide for patients and their families. I recommend you visit this site, read this article and download that guide.


Research Brief: A Literature Review of Frontotemporal Dementia Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:05:19 GMT

This entry was posted in Journal Article Abstracts and tagged and-publishing, driving-issues, english, following, ftd, google-scholar, groups-specific, publishing, research, research-on-ftd, specific, stop-at-red. Bookmark the 

This article in essence deals with FTD and driving. This is a brief overview of the findings and shows that people with FTD had more problems with specific driving issues related to antisocial behaviors common among people with FTD (eg, hit and run crashes, failure to stop at red lights, speeding infractions, and failure to recognize pedestrians at intersections). I agree that more research is needed but my advice to family members is get your loved one with FTD out from behind the wheel of the car. This is a timebomb waiting to go off and your legal liability is high when you allow a loved one with known FTD to drive.


Frontotemporal dementia | Jurmaine Health Fri, 01 Nov 2013 23:56:39 GMT

Frontotemporal dementia is can be a serious disease to affect the human mind, a slow and progressive degeneration of the frontal lobe of our brains.

Good general discussion about FTD.


Sleep Disturbances in Frontotemporal Dementia – DementiaToday Sat, 09 Nov 2013 20:25:58 GMT

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Jan 1;38(1):85-91. doi: 10.3233/JAD-122014. Sleep in Frontotemporal Dementia is Equally or Possibly More Disrupted, and at an Earlier Stage, When Compared to Sleep in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Overall, this discusses a study done to compare FTD sleep disturbances against Alzheimer’s sleep disturbances. Basically, the study shows that sleep disturbances are similar in FTD and Alzh, but the sleep disturbances occur earlier in FTD because this form of dementia strikes people earlier in age.


A lesser-known dementia that steals personality | CLBB Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:39:16 GMT

While Alzheimer’s usually affects older people, and is detected as a person begins to lose memory, frontotemporal dementia causes people to lose their personalities first, and usually hits in the prime of their lives — the 30s, 

Very interesting study that defines the areas in the brain that FTD affects as the “perception network” which they describe as the areas in the brain involved in motivating a person to connect with others and generating rewarding feelings during social interactions; and the “affiliation network” which they describe as the areas in the brain involved in detecting and avoiding untrustworthy or threatening individuals. So, depending on where the most damage exists in the brain of your family member with FTD, when the perception network is most damaged, your loved one will have difficulty responding to social cues, facial expressions and eye gaze. They will have difficulty understanding gestures and body language and often will respond to it with indifference or avoidance. They will lose the ability to show compassion, empathy, wittiness and many other traits that have always been unique to them. When the damage is greatest to the aversion network, your family member with FTD will trust strangers and give them any information they ask for. Your family member will be suseptible to scams and ID theft, to name a few.


The younger face of dementia: Ottawa man shares wife’s battle with the disease – CTV News Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:14:55 GMT

The younger face of dementia: Ottawa man shares wife’s battle with the diseaseCTV NewsA year ago, the mother of three was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, a devastating brain disorder with no known cure. Dineen’s case was so severe tha …

This is a MUST READ for anyone with FTD or a family member of a person with FTD. This article talks about the potential for missing the diagnosis especially in women, instead being written off to midlife crisis. It is sad to read about a vibrant 40 y/o woman that has such a rapid progression of her disease, but what an important story to read about and understand how to advocate for family members and never take “it’s just a midlife crisis” and go to another Physician for a proper diagnosis.


Senior Consult: Behavior may be onset of dementia – Florida Today Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:10:10 GMT

Senior Consult: Behavior may be onset of dementia Florida Today And that something was FTD frontotemporal dementia. In most dementias, patients present with memory gaps, loss of ability to learn and plan, and difficulty performing complex tasks. That …

Interesting article about a Physician that began showing up to work in his pajamas and how his office manager took steps to help him. He was diagnosed with FTD.


Caregiver of spouse suffering from dementia advocates for support – Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:20:20 GMT

ksl.comCaregiver of spouse suffering from dementia advocates for supportksl.comThat resulted in damage to the frontal lobe of his brain, or frontotemporal dementia. “My dad acts like a 2-year-old, and sometimes it’s funny,” 9-year-old Braxton Gordon …

Very powerful story about a 36 y/o man with FTD and the struggles his wife goes through trying to get help. Read this article and let your voice be heard about what State and Federal Agencies should be doing to help families caring for a loved one with dementia. Remember, your voice and your vote matter, speak out now.


A ‘thief’ stole their future – Winnipeg Free Press Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:34:39 GMT

Winnipeg Free PressA ‘thief’ stole their futureWinnipeg Free PressAfter 16 years together, the title of “caregiver” has moved ahead of “partner” for Cathy Hurd. Hurd’s husband, Tom Carter, 58, suffers from frontotemporal dementia. It’s a disease that …

Another story about the rapid progression of FTD and the lives affected.


Speaking a second language may delay different dementias – YottaFire Tue, 28 Jan 2014 06:44:32 GMT

Speaking a second language may delay different dementiasYottaFirePeople who spoke two languages had a later onset of Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and vascular dementia than people who spoke only one language. The difference was also f …

Very interesting! Now, I need to learn a second language!


Denise’s Decision | Living with her husband who suffers from Frontotemporal dementia

Denise Thomas talks about life with her husband of 35 years, Randy, who suffers from a rare form of dementia called Frontotemporal dementia. (December 15, 20…


How FTD Affects Families As seniors age, there is always a concern for the onset of dementia, in any form. B…


Frontotemporal dementia and the social brain latimes com


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The Latest News on Alzheimer’s Disease and Research



The latest news on Alzheimer’s Disease and Research can be complicated and very technical making it difficult to understand. I am going to highlight some of the latest news articles that are important. I am going to comment on some that are extremely technical and written for medical Providers. I hope to help you understand what is being done in research and the development of potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.


“We Back Pat” Week Will Raise Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:29:00 GMT

Officials at The Pat Summitt Foundation expressed today their appreciation to the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Commissioner Mike Slive and all its member institutions for their support of the organization’s mission.

My comments: Pat Summitt was the well-known women’s basketball coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team that on August 22, 2011,  bravely revealed the toughest opponent she will ever have to battle, early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. She does fund raising to help research for Alzheimer’s. Please visit her website here and read what her Foundation is doing.

Test For Alzheimer’s Disease « CBS Pittsburgh Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:56:37 GMT

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With more and more people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, doctors say it’s critical to identify problems with memory and thinking as soon as possible. A simple test could help spot the early 

My Comments: This is an excellent start. The test is designed for people that are concerned that they have memory loss problems. It is very detailed and somewhat complex so an individual with an existing diagnosis of dementia should not be made to take this test. Please understand that you should not score this yourself, instead, take it to your Primary Care Provider and ask them to review and score it. Be sure to take the link to the test to your Provider in case they are not familiar with it.

Advice for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease Thu, 16 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT

In 2012, 15.4 million family members and friends provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. With the growing number of people caring 


Study: Vitamin E Could Slow Progression Of Alzheimer’s Disease Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:57:05 GMT

Vitamin E has already been credited with helping to keep your skin beautiful and preventing strokes. Now there’s evidence it could help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

My Comment:  Here’s the scoop, VA researchers did a study of using Vitamin E, Memantine (drug used in Alzheimer’s) and both combined. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that Vitamin E alone was better than memantine alone — and it was better even when the two were combined. Remember, Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and you should not take extremely high doses. The study used 2000 IU of Vitamin E combined with 20 mg Memantine (prescription medication). As always, discuss this with your PCP before proceeding as there are always drug to drug interactions.

Alzheimer’s disease is not just memory loss | Voxxi Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:39:54 GMT

The Alzheimer’s Association reports more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease,

My comment: Good article, covers the Alzheimer’s statistics.

New Biosensor Detects Early Indicator of Alzheimer’s Disease Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:36:03 GMT

Researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a biosensor that can detect very small quantities of amyloid-beta clusters, which could open the door to future blood tests for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists at the 

My comments: This is EXCITING!!!  We may have a blood test that measures harmful clusters of the protein called amyloid-beta which is the early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease. This is HUGE!!!!

Johnson & Johnson’s Quest For Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:54:00 GMT

Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) recently announced collaboration with Evotec for developing novel Alzheimer disease therapies underscores the company’s growing.

My comments: J&J made a wise decision to enter into this arena. this will be interesting to watch.

Shedding Light on a New Mechanism Behind Alzheimer’s Disease Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:16:42 GMT

New findings about a key enzyme in the development of Alzheimer’s could point to new way of targeting an important protein for therapies.

My comments: Let me explain what has happened which is very interesting. It is beta amyloid (a protein) that causes the formation of the plaques found in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s. Now, an enzyme has been identified that is responsible for a key step in the formation of beta amyloid. It has been named BACE1 (Beta-secretase 1). Not only that, but the team also was able to identify the path this enzyme takes and where it accumulates that causes the production of beta amyloid. This is a tremendous discovery and will no doubt lead to the development of drugs that could possibly prevent this enzyme from forming beta amyloid or in an ideal world, totally eliminate this enyzme production.


Neuron regeneration may help sufferers of brain injury, Alzheimer’s Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:05:00 GMT

Researchers at Penn State have developed an innovative technology to regenerate functional neurons after brain injury, and also in model systems used for research on Alzheimer’s disease. The scientists have used 

My comments: Very interesting work. This is a well written article that should be easy to understand the general prinicple behind this work.

Stem cell research identifies new gene targets in patients with Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:25:33 GMT

Using this stem cell model, researchers identified fourteen genes that may be implicated in the disease and one gene in particular that shows the importance that inflammation may play in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients.

My comments: Very in depth, scientific article that basically gives us hope for the future of drugs aimed at certain genes that when passed on to children cause the development of Alzheimer’s. Please understand this is a crucial first step in a long road to the development of such drugs. This involves the use of stem cells.


2013 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures – Price County Daily Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:40:03 GMT

2013 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figuresPrice County Daily2013 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Story · Comments. Print: Create a hardcopy of this page; Font Size: Default font size: Larger font size. Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 201 …

My comments: the latest statistics about Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Fish on the brain: Can eating it keep Alzheimer’s at bay? – USA TODAY Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:24:00 GMT

Daily MailFish on the brain: Can eating it keep Alzheimer’s at bay?USA TODAYRonald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, says there have been conflicting reports on this topic but this latest research “would sugge …


My comments: A healthy diet is indicated for all of us. Nothing real definitive in terms of long term affects, but a good article to read.


Cleveland Clinic researchers discover new brain protein linked to Alzheimer’s – Plain Dealer Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:07:52 GMT

India.Com Health Cleveland Clinic researchers discover new brain protein linked to Alzheimer’s Plain Dealer Cleveland Clinic researchers have identified a protein, Neuroligin-1, which in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease was implicated in the memory …


My comments:  Easy article to understand. It talks about a brain protein called Neuroligin-1 (NLGN1). Again, exciting studies going on in the battle against Alzheimer’s.

Hope you found this information and my comments useful.

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