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Esther Heerema, MSW

Updated Articles and Resources

By Esther Heerema, MSW

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Neuropsychological Testing Used In The Evaluation Of Alzheimer's Disease Created: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Neuropsychological testing is sometimes used in the evaluation of Alzheimer's disease to learn more about the nature and level of a person's impairment. Learn about neuropsychological tests commonl...
    • What If It's Not Alzheimer's? Created: Friday, February 22, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia -- in fact, almost two-thirds of dementia cases are due to Alzheimer's disease. However, a host of other conditions can also cause dementia, includi...
    • What Does it Mean to be Senile? Created: Monday, July 19, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Despite being a pejorative, confusing term, the word senile has a fairly straightforward meaning: the state of being aged. Because the words senile and senility connote infirmity, feeblemindedness,...
    • Symptoms of Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease Created: Thursday, May 08, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The earlier stages of Alzheimer's affects cognitive processes more than physical functioning. Late-stage Alzheimer's affects control bodily systems.
    • Elopement Created: Monday, January 31, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Elopement is a dangerous outcome of wandering that occurs often in people with dementia who reside in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
    • Parkinson's Disease Dementia Created: Friday, February 18, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      A type of dementia that occurs if a patient develops a progressive dementia at least two years after a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease has been made." itemprop="descriptio3'" --> itemprop="descrip...
    • The Mini-Cog and its Use as an Alzheimer's Screening Test Created: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The Mini-Cog is a rapid Alzheimer's screening test that takes only 3-5 minutes to administer. It combines 3-item recall with the clock-drawing test." itemprop="description"" --> itemprop="descripti...
    • What Is the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale- Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-Cog)? Created: Friday, September 27, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale- Cognitive Subscale test is one of the most frequently used tests to measure cognition in clinical trials." itemprop="description"< --> itemprop="descriptio...
    • The Benefits of Berries for Our Brains Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Good news for those of you who enjoy eating berries. Here's how they can protect your brain, as well as serve as a delicious snack.
    • Does Vitamin E Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease? Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      Learn what research has found about dietary intake vs. supplementation of vitamin E, and how they affect your risk for Alzheimer's disease.
    • Women and Alzheimer's Disease Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      Did you know that Alzheimer's affects significantly more women than men? Learn how, and perhaps why, Alzheimer's targets women.
    • Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect Physical Functioning? Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      With Alzheimer's disease, changes in memory, communication and behavior are what are usually highlighted. But how does it affect the body?
    • Benefits of Interacting with Young Children for People with Dementia Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      Have you ever watched an older adult who has dementia perk up in the presence of a younger child? If so, you know why I'd like to see it happen more.
    • Doll Therapy for People with Dementia Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      Have you heard of the use of dolls in Alzheimer's disease? Here are some potential benefits and concerns related to therapeutic dolls.
    • How Do the Outdoors Benefit People Living with Dementia? Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      A breath of fresh air is good for everyone, including people with dementia. Learn about the benefits, barriers and tips to spending time outside.
    • What Are Brain Banks? Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      Want to give a gift that really makes a difference? Consider donating your brain (or that of your loved one) for Alzheimer's research.
    • blalzquiz.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      The Alzheimer's Quiz
    • blalzquiz2.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Alzheimer's Quiz II
    • blcaregiver_quiz.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Alzheimer's caregiver quiz
    • blwhoru.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Alzheimer's poll. Who are you?
    • blthanks.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      thank you for submitting an article to Alzheimer's at About.com
    • bltemporal.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer's dementia - temporal lobe damage
    • blsubmissions.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Share your experience as a caregiver or professional relating to Alzheimer's?
    • blparietal.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer's dementia - parietal lobe damage
    • bloccipital.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer's dementia - occipital lobe damage
    • blglossary.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Alzheimer's disease glossary of terms
    • blfrontal.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer's dementia - frontal lobe damage
    • blbrain.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Images of the normal brain and alzheimer's brain.
    • blalzquiz2.htm Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Alzheimer's Quiz II
    • Is Parkinson's Disease Dementia Different than Dementia with Lewy Bodies? Created: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 09, 2014
      Learn how dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease dementia are alike and different from each other.
    • Bright Light Therapy and Its Use in Alzheimer's Created: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014
      What is bright light therapy? Can it really help people with Alzheimer's or not? Learn more about what scientific research shows about its use with people who have dementia.
    • Alzheimer’s and Catastrophic Reactions Created: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014
      Learn what catastrophic reactions are, why they can occur in people with dementia, how you should respond, and strategies to prevent them.

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