The problem with sleep for people with dementia

Dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease is known to be linked with sleep loss – but which is the driving factor? Does sleep loss cause dementia, or is sleep loss triggered by the onset of dementia? Knowing which comes first will provide vital clues about how we can help people to avoid developing the disease, or […]

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Driving – when is it time to stop?

Everyone who has ever driven a car will know just how much independence and freedom it gives you. You can go where ever you like, and at whatever time of day that suits you best. You can hop in the car to grab a few groceries from the local store, or you can pack a […]

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Is it possible to stay at home with dementia?

It’s a popular misconception that people who have dementia will have to be cared for in a residential facility sooner or later. Certainly, many people assume that there is a point at which admission to an aged care home is the inevitable conclusion to their loved one’s life with dementia. In the absence of discouragement […]

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Platinum’s carers

Not every client that Platinum cares for is a senior requiring assistance to stay at home. While a large number of Platinum’s clients are indeed elderly people, this is probably a reflection of the increasingly large ageing population. Today, in Australia, there are more than 3.5 million people aged 65 and over. That accounts for […]

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Dementia: a positive filter

While the search for a cure for dementia continues, there is little we can do for our loved ones, other than make sure they take their prescribed medications on time, and mourn the loss of the minds they once had. Without a doubt it is sad to witness the deterioration of a mother or father […]

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Sharing the care of elderly parents between siblings: the harsh reality

You didn’t get along with your siblings  when you were ten, and while you’ve managed to let a lot of water flow under the bridge since then, the heightened tension that occurs when you have to make major decisions for your elderly parents is likely to reintroduce those fractious and childish behaviours that you’d thought […]

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Reversal of memory loss in mice in studies with mefenamic acid

A treatment for Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia among older people – that reverses memory loss is the ultimate goal for both researchers and people who are living with the disease. While many of us are beginning to live much longer lives, the extra years we gain are of little use, […]

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Compassion fatigue: what is it, and how to survive

Compassion fatigue: the eventual by-product of caring for someone. Everyone gets it – if they’re doing their job well. Nurses get it. Doctors get it. Even some new parents get it at that most intense of times when they are suddenly responsible for a new and entirely vulnerable little life. It’s nature’s way of making […]

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