10 things about Alzheimer’s to remember

If people with dementia shared their thoughts and feelings with us, these 10 things might be some of the many things they’d point out.

From Esther Heerema, MSW, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Expert at About.com

Summaries:

  • They are not guilty of their condition!
  • They deserve a little respect
  • They don’t need you to speak very loudly or too slowly
  • Boredom’s not a burden they should bear
  • They are scared and need reassurance
  • They might forget your name but not not your importance to them
  • Their nonverbal perception remains intact longer
  • Their behavior means something for them, however difficult it might look

 

Eating less = getting old later

Message: Eating less can make the aging process healthier and even delay it

Markers of aging, e.g., so called 5-methylcytidine and DNA methyltransferase, can be substantially decreased in mice hippocampus by a simple mild limitation of access to food. Hippocampus is a structure, which actively participate with the processes of learning, memory, and cognition. Authors of the paper recently published in “Current Alzheimer Research” concluded: “These findings indicate that the aging process in mice is connected with profound changes in the epigenetic machinery in the hippocampus. Whether the observed epigenetic patterns associated with calorie restriction mediate the beneficial effects on the life-span remains to be elucidated.”

Source: Age-related increase in levels of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine in mouse hippocampus is prevented by caloric restriction. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2012 Jan 23.