meditation

We all have days when we are unusually nervous and agitated. This is different from having a type of anxiety disorder which is more severe, frequent, and could hinder normal day-to-day activities. Anxiety has evolved thousands of years ago to serve as a survival mechanism so humans can protect themselves from predators and different dangers…

emdr

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a type of a short term psychotherapy that helps in healing emotional distress caused by traumatic events or experiences. EMDR utilizes different forms of bilateral stimulation, such as: side-to-side eye movement, tapping on the hands or arms, buzzers in hands, and headphones with beeps. The bilateral stimulation…

Alzheimer’s disease is the commonest form of dementia, a term for memory loss which is serious enough to affect daily life. It affects 3-4 million people in the US. 10% of all the persons over 70 years have memory loss and in more than half the cause is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease alone accounts for…

Alzheimer's stages

Since this disease affects people in different ways, everyone will experience Alzheimer’s symptoms and progress through the stages differently, but in general, Alzheimer’s symptoms vary from mild in early stages to severe in the last stage. Stage 1 Alzheimer’s: No impairment There are no memory problems. An interview with a doctor does not show any…

namzaric

NAMZARIC (memantine and donepezil hydrochlorides) is a once-a-day prescription drug used in the treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease in those patients who are taking donepezil hydrochloride 10 mg (the active ingredient in Aricept). There is no evidence that this medication prevents or slows the underlying disease process in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. This…

galantamine

Galantamine (with brand names like Nivalin, Reminyl, Razadyne, Razadyne ER, and Lycoremine, among others) is used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and several other memory impairments, especially those of vascular origin. The drug prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine, a chemical found in low amounts in people with dementia. Preventing further breakdown of…

rivastigmine

Rivastigmine (with the trade name Exelon) is used to treat dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. If you have an allergy to rivastigmine or any other part of this medicine (capsules), tell your doctor about it. In fact, tell your doctor about any allergy you ever had, to drugs, foods, and other substances. Several other…

donepezil

In the brain of a person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, levels of a chemical called acetylcholine are much lower than in healthy people. Cholinesterase inhibitors (donepezil, rivastigmine, and galantamine) prevent an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase from breaking down aforementioned acetylcholine from the brain. As a result, an increased amount of acetylcholine leads to increased communication between…

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It’s normal for people to become a bit forgetful as they age. So how can you tell a harmless “senior moment” from Alzheimer’s disease? There are some early warning signs to watch for: 1. In early Alzheimer’s, long-term memories usually remain intact while short-term memories become sketchy. Your loved one may forget conversations you had….

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