More Scary findings on Dimentia

 

Jan. 6, 2012

By Patricia Nicholson

Researchers have discovered another reason why belly fat may be bad for women’s health: it may have a role in the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in women. A study from Tufts University in Boston links women’s dementia and Alzheimer’s risk to a hormone secreted by the type of fat that accumulates in the abdomen.

Earlier research established a link between cardiovascular risk factors (such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure) with risk of cognitive decline. One possible explanation for the overlap between these cardiovascular risk factors and dementia risk factors is the inflammation and insulin resistance that are characteristics of Type 2 diabetes. The study authors wanted to look at the possible role of several factors that affect either inflammation or blood glucose, including a hormone called adiponectin. The researchers were interested in adiponectin not only because it plays a role in insulin signaling, but also because brain tissue contains receptors for adiponectin. This hormone is produced in abdominal fat.

The researchers followed 541 women and 399 men who were participating in the Framingham Heart Study and had no dementia at the start of the study.  The participants’ levels of several substances that play a role in inflammation or in balancing blood glucose levels were measured between 1985 and 1988. They were then followed for 13 years, during which time a total of 159 people developed dementia, including 125 who had Alzheimer’s disease.

Adiponectin was the only one of the six substances measured in the participants’ blood that was significantly associated with a higher risk of dementia, and only in women. The other five substances tested (glucose, glycated albumin, insulin, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2) did not appear to be linked to dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Women whose adiponectin levels were higher than the group’s median level were 63 per cent more likely to develop dementia and 87 per cent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to women whose adiponectin levels were lower than the median.

The results are puzzling because adiponectin is known to increase sensitivity to insulin. Because people with Alzheimer’s disease have dysfunctional insulin signaling in their brains, adiponectin might be expected to have a protective effect against dementia. Future studies may help to show whether adiponectin itself increases dementia risk, or whether adiponectin levels may have been higher in the group that developed Alzheimer’s because levels increased in an attempt to protect the brain.

http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/health-news/news/study-links-belly-fat-hormone-and-women’s-risk-of-dementia-and-alzheimer’s

5 Things You Can Do to Brighten the Day of Someone With Severe Dementia

 

Ever think, “Why do I bother?” If you find yourself wondering if your interactions with your loved one make any difference — since so little seems to be remembered — take comfort and inspiration from this 2010 University of Iowa study.

It that showed that in people with memory loss, warm feelings associated with a positive interaction — a joke, a visit — stick around long after the experience itself is forgotten. Even when the event is immediately forgotten, a better mood seems to persist for a day or longer. Sad emotions (as from a bad experience) last longest. So know that those little bits of happiness you dispense, from a smile to a hug, are well worth the effort, even if you don’t get any immediate feedback.

http://www.caring.com/articles/5-things-you-can-do-to-brighten-the-day-of-someone-with-severe-dementia?utm_source=stages&utm_campaign=alz:early_severe_memory:5&uc=483233:f2c6ef4a3:-10950

Down Memory Lane: Potholes

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I found the old photo album in the basement of my aunt’s hoarding home. It set beneath piles of stuff in a back, downstairs bedroom. Tonight, I introduced it to her with excitement. I envisioned it re-igniting past memories. It did on one level. She freely identified the people in the pictures. But, it did not create excitement or smiles. It created sadness. 

Bittersweet sadness. And, it begged the frequent question of ‘where’s Felix?’ and she provided her own answer to that sad question. In the end, I was heavy hearted and sick in the stomach. Pictures of her old home and the immaculate landscaping did the same….one interesting picture after another only elicited increasing sadness until I closed the album and set it high and out of reach in her room. I set two metallic angels I had secured from her home, special to her, on a dresser in…

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All About The Traditional Photo Albums

Great Photo Albums

Photo albums are usually not only a collection of photographs but a collection of treasured memories of our valuable moments. How to develop photo album is simple and exciting to do. There are actually unique strategies on how to make photo album no matter whether it is a virtual photo album or common album with exclusive board covering. Each technique is thrilling to do for the reason that you can customize when you build photo album. In this short article, we’ll speak about two techniques on how to develop photo album and customize it it with a different design such as Leather photo albums.

Photo albums assistance organizes memories of vacations, get-togethers, occasions you celebrated and so forth. Later on, when you flip as a result of, your photo album reminds you from the incidents, each of the fun-filled happenings on the yester many years. Photo albums have extended…

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Long distance grandparents – another idea

 

If you want to foster a long distance relationship with your grandchildren or grandparents, consider a letter writing contest!  Hard copy or email, you will get the same impact.  And be sure to keep the letters for your yearly craft photobook!

Step 1.  Parents or grandparents should send out a letter announcing the contest and the categories for prizes, including the most letters, the funniest letter, the most original letter, and the most creative letter .

Step 2.  Start writing letters.  Recommend a monthly, quarterly and yearly prize to keep up interests.  And keep in mind skill levels.  Try to reinforce what is being taught in school to keep it age appropriate.  For example, in JK, consider using the sight words or letter of the week.

Step 3.  Parents would make an ideal judging panel.  For every child, there should be a prize.  And celebrate!  Use family day, birthdays, etc to make the celebration real.

Step 4.  Set aside your favorites electronically on a monthly basis.

Step 5.  Incorporate your letters into the yearly craft photobook.  Share the photobook at Christmas time or print extra copies for the grandparents as a unique and touching gift.

Long distance grandparents

 

It may not always be practical to visit family daily or weekly.  But it is important to create lasting impressions with grandchildren when they are young.  One approach could be to design an alphabet book that chronicles family stories.

 

Instead of buying an alphabet book off the shelf, use a photobook, scrapbook or photo album to design your own.  It is easier than you think and we are here to help.  Contact us today or read on…

Step 1.  Sort the photos according to letter (a photo of the family picking apples might be categorized under “A” for “apples” or “P” for “picking apples,” depending on her needs)

Step 2.  Photocopy or scan the original photos to preserve old archived photos

Srep 3.  For scans, consider making a photobook.  We are here to support.

Step 4.  For hard copy photos, cut and paste or place photos into a scrapbook or album, with two pages for each letter of the alphabet.

Step 5.  Use funny phrases or family annecdotes to describe the photos and label each one.

Remember that this book will also be a record of memorable family events like first Christmas, vacasports etc.  The key is to organize the book so that it tells a story about the family.