Sleep medication in dementia and its hidden risks

Changes in sleep patterns are very common in dementia. Once the disease advances these changes can develop into more severe sleep disturbances, with people having either problem falling asleep, waking up multiple times in the night or having increased daytime sleepiness. Sleep medication is often prescribed by clinicians in those cases, however, recent evidence suggests … Continue reading Sleep medication in dementia and its hidden risks

What’s on your mind? – Mindfulness in dementia

The current post originated from two questions by my Twitter follower @juliagapowell: What is the evidence for mindfulness improving wellbeing of people living with dementia? What stage of dementia can be best supported by mindfulness? Great questions. Thank you. Non-pharmacological interventions, those that do not rely on medication, have become increasingly popular in dementia over … Continue reading What’s on your mind? – Mindfulness in dementia

Animals versus robots – Do robotic animals help as much as living animals in dementia therapy?

Animal therapy has become increasingly popular in dementia, as it shows positive effects in the behaviour, mood and quality of life in people with dementia. This has been recently extended to robotic animals which seemingly show similar positive effects in people with dementia. But what is the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of such animal … Continue reading Animals versus robots – Do robotic animals help as much as living animals in dementia therapy?

Dietary supplements – Do they make a difference in dementia prevention?

A healthy lifestyle has been shown to be good for our brain health and can reduce our risk of dementia. A key component of a healthy lifestyle is a healthy diet, with scientific evidence showing that the healthier our diet the lower our risk for dementia. However, the picture has been less clear for dietary … Continue reading Dietary supplements – Do they make a difference in dementia prevention?

Getting lost in dementia – An overlooked danger?

Everyone associates dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with memory problems but the other common problem – spatial disorientation is far less known, despite it having potentially fatal consequences. A new study sheds light on why people with dementia get lost and points towards new solutions. Memory problems are the key symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, even in … Continue reading Getting lost in dementia – An overlooked danger?

The good and bad in dementia care – Which factors determine the informal care experience?

Informal carers are the key providers for the care of people with dementia. Most of those care aspects are often attributed to negative associations, such as increased burden and stress. But there is also anecdotal evidence that carers report positive aspects for caring with someone with dementia. A recent study investigated the carer perceptions of … Continue reading The good and bad in dementia care – Which factors determine the informal care experience?

Take my breath away – Do breathing problems during sleep increase our risk for Alzheimer’s disease?

Sleep is a key part of our body’s healthy functioning and it is therefore not surprising that we nearly spend a quarter of our life asleep. However, for some people, their sleep gets disrupted by breathing problems, so-called obstructive sleep apnea, with previous reports suggesting that obstructive sleep apnea might increase our risk for Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Take my breath away – Do breathing problems during sleep increase our risk for Alzheimer’s disease?

Is Alzheimer’s disease infectious?

The idea that Alzheimer’s disease could be an infectious disease seems a strange notion. However, over the last decades, there have been occasional reports that in rare occasions people can get ‘infected’ with Alzheimer’s disease. Two international expert groups decided therefore to review the evidence whether Alzheimer’s disease can be infectious and have now published … Continue reading Is Alzheimer’s disease infectious?