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Scientists Identify First Sign Of Alzheimer's Disease


Article by Dana Dovey

Memory loss and cognitive decline are commonly thought to be the earliest signs of the neurodegenerative disorder Alzheimer's, but a new study has found declines in glucose levels in the brain come even sooner — before the first symptoms appear. Even better? The same team also believes they have figured out a way to stop these levels from falling in the first place, a finding that could potentially prevent Alzheimer's.

Although doctors have long noted the association between declining glucose levels in the brain and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, for the first time ever, a study now published online in the journal Translational Psychiatry has proved that these declining energy levels are a direct trigger for the cognitive impairments traditionally associated with the disease. According to a recent statement on the study, this may explain why diabetes, a condition in which glucose cannot enter the cells, is a known risk factor for dementia. According to the study, a protein known as p38 may be able to prevent this deprivation from occurring.

"The findings are very exciting," explained lead researcher Dr. Domenico Praticò in a statement. "There is now a lot of evidence to suggest that p38 is involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease."

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Live-In Care is becoming the preferred choice

Live-In Care is fast becoming the preferred choice 

Live-In Care is fast becoming the preferred choice 

Courtesy of John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor, The Telegraph

The choice between finding a care home for relatives increasingly unable to manage on their own and leaving them to struggle on in their home could become a thing of the past amid surging demand for live-in “companion carers”.

Once a virtually unheard-of option, a small network of companies providing full-time live-in carers, say they are experiencing a rise in demand in the wake of waves of scandals about standards in care homes and traditional homecare agencies as well as headlines over soaring fees.

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5 qualities to look for in a live in care agency

Courtesy of Live-In Care Hub

Searching for a live in care provider can feel like a difficult and daunting task. As this person will be living with and caring for your relative it’s vitally important that you feel comfortable, safe and happy with the agency providing your care. In this article we explain the 5 key qualities to look for to help you ensure that you choose the best live in care agency for your loved one.

Attention to detail
Your care provider should want to be fully informed about your loved ones condition, prognosis and personal preferences. This enables them to put together a care plan which is appropriate for you. Often small details can be missed – a good care provider will ask the right questions and take time to get to know you. They’ll be adept at reading between the lines to understand exactly what it is you want and need to get out of your relationship with them.

Your care provider should understand that a person’s requirements are as unique as they are. Your relative may have special requests and will need assurance about certain aspects of their care. For excellent care providers this will be absolutely fine – and they’ll be more than happy to oblige and try to fit in around you rather than applying a ‘one size fits all’ methodology to everyone.

Great reviews
Testimonials are a very important tool in the care decision-making process. Positive reviews indicate trust and good practice concerning existing clients. Negative reviews can also flag up potential pressure points. These may or may not be relevant to you – but the more you know about what it’s actually like to experience the care this agency or individual provides, the better.

A friendly attitude
A smile and great customer service goes a very long way – especially in the care industry. Everyone you encounter should be personable, attentive and understanding. They should be interested in your thoughts and comments and happy to answer any questions you may have. You should always feel comfortable discussing your care – and know that you’ll be listened to and taken seriously if you have any queries or complaints.

Your live-in care company and the person who will be providing care for your relative should have plenty of experience and knowledge under their belts. In this profession there are certain things you can’t know unless you’ve experienced them – and the intuitive aspects of care are simply invaluable. These often come in the form of little things which can make a big difference – like the way a carer handles difficult topics, or knows when something isn’t quite right. Always ask to see credentials, qualifications and request details of past experience – good live-in care providers will be happy to oblige.

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