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Esther Heerema, MSW

Updated Articles and Resources

By Esther Heerema, MSW

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Research Update: Retinal Imaging Can Detect Early Alzheimer's Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      Do the eyes have it? Learn what recent research says about diagnosing Alzheimer's disease by scanning the eyes for beta amyloid protein.
    • Study: Delay Alzheimer's by Drinking 3 Cups of Coffee a Day? Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      Learn about the benefits of coffee for your brain, and how it might be more than just the caffeine that is helpful.
    • The Benefits of Berries for Our Brains Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 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.
    • Insulin Sensitizer Drug Demonstrates Potential for Alzheimer's Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      Early research suggests that insulin medications may be able to help treat or delay Alzheimer's disease.
    • 6 Tips to Improve Your Memory and Recall Created: Monday, December 19, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      Consider these 7 tips as your starting place when you're working to get new information "stuck" in your brain. These techniques are easy to use and are very effective for most people. In fact, research shows that even if you've been diagnosed with early dementia, these tips can assist you in learning new information.
    • Studies Demonstrate Delay of Alzheimer’s Symptoms in Bilinguals Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      Want to keep your brain strong and reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease? Learn another language.
    • Brush Your Teeth- Save Your Brain? Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      Are there other benefits to clean teeth besides minty fresh breath? Learn how dental health might benefit your brain.
    • Delirium: Longer Hospital Stays and Higher Chance of Death Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      Delirium can significantly impact both the immediate and long-term health of people. Understand its symptoms, risks and non-drug approaches.
    • 10 Ways You Can Decrease Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Interested in preventing Alzheimer's and keeping your brain healthy? Here are 10 things you can do to decrease your risk of dementia.
    • Smoking Tobacco and Second Hand Smoke Exposure Increase Dementia Risk Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Did you know that both smoking and second hand smoke could increase your risk of developing dementia? Save your lungs and your brain!
    • Is Alzheimer's Disease Infectious? Can I Catch It? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Ever wonder if Alzheimer's disease is contagious? Learn how the disease's brain proteins act in an infectious manner at times.
    • Alzheimer's Prevention Diet: 11 Foods that Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Want to know what to eat to decrease your risk of Alzheimer's? Try these 11 foods for better brain health and functioning.
    • Using Music in Alzheimer's Disease Created: Friday, October 26, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      In the midst of Alzheimer's disease, music can offer a calm reassurance for those who may be confused or anxious. Learn more about using music for those living with dementia, as well as how our memory for music can be different than our memory for words.
    • How to Cope When Your Loved One with Dementia Doesn't Recognize You Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      What should you do when your loved one with Alzheimer's doesn't remember who you are? How should you respond if she's afraid of you?
    • What Is Attention and How Is It Affected by Dementia? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      What is attention, and how it is affected by Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia? Can it be improved with medications?
    • What Is an Alzheimer's (Memory) Cafe'? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Sometimes called memory cafe's, Alzheimer's Cafe's provide a fun way for people with dementia and their caregivers to support others.
    • What Is the 7 Minute Screen? Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Is a test that takes only seven or eight minutes enough to determine if you have Alzheimer's disease?
    • What Is the Enhanced Cued Recall Test? Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Learn what the enhanced cued recall test is, how it's administered and if it's accurate in identifying Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment.
    • Mental Exercise: 12 Ways to Stretch Your Brain Created: Thursday, December 22, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Interested in keeping your brain healthy? There's no sure way to prevent Alzheimer's yet, but maintaining an active brain helps reduce the risk. Try these 12 fun ways to keep your mind in shape!
    • Responding to and Treating Hallucinations in Dementia Created: Friday, September 27, 2013 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Is your loved one or patient with Alzheimer's disease seeing or hearing things that aren't there? Learn how common this is, how to respond to it, and if medication is helpful in treating hallucinations in dementia.
    • How to Designate a Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions Created: Thursday, August 30, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Perhaps you're considering designating someone to make medical decisions if some day you're not able to clearly communicate your preferences. Learn the benefits of, and how to draw up, a durable po...
    • Medication Administration Options for People with Dementia Created: Thursday, August 29, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Looking to keep a loved one with Alzheimer's or another chronic illness at home as long as possible? Here are some ideas and products for safe administration of medications at home."
    • What's the Difference between a Medical Power of Attorney and a Guardian? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      Learn about the important differences between guardianship and being designated as a medical power of attorney.
    • Huntington's Disease Created: Friday, December 30, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Learn what Huntington's Disease is, what its symptoms are, how it's passed down genetically and what treatments are available. Also, how is it similar to and different from Alzheimer's disease?"
    • What If It's Not Alzheimer's? Created: Friday, February 22, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 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...
    • How to Talk to Someone Who Has Dementia Created: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Are you confused about how to talk with someone who has Alzheimer's disease? Learn some basics about how to approach people who have dementia, including your words, tone of voice and non-verbals.
    • What's the Difference Between Delirium and Dementia? Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Confused about how to distinguish delirium from dementia? Here's a practical guide outlining the differences, as well as tips on how to spot delirium in someone who has dementia.
    • What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia? Created: Thursday, June 28, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Confused about the difference between Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia? Learn how these two kinds of dementia are alike and different from each other, including their prevalence, prognosis and symptoms.
    • Choosing an Alzheimer's Doctor Created: Thursday, December 06, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      When it comes to Alzheimer's disease, seeing the right kind of professional is crucial to receiving the proper care and treatment. But who do you see? The medical field has split itself into so man...
    • Is It Alzheimer’s Disease or Vitamin B12 Deficiency? Created: Friday, December 30, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Did you know that low levels of vitamin B12 can cause symptoms of dementia? Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency, and how it differs from Alzheimer's disease.
    • What Not to Do to People with Alzheimer’s Disease- 10 Pet Peeves Created: Sunday, July 22, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Not sure what to do or say to someone with Alzheimer's disease? Start by skipping these 10 things, and you'll be way ahead." itemprop="description">...
    • Prognosis for People With Alzheimer's Disease Created: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Although there's no cure for Alzheimer's, there's often confusion about whether it's a fatal disease. Learn about the prognosis for someone who's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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