DementiaToday posts scientific news and professional views on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias from the global research community. We hope to promote better health care through education, provide support to caregivers and loved ones who live with these diseases everyday, and thank the many individuals around the world who are dedicated to neurological research and […]


World Alzheimer Report 2015: The Global Impact of Dementia

(Alzheimer’s Disease International) Today, over 46 million people are living with dementia, and by 2015 this number will have risen to 131.5 million. In just three years’ time, the global economic cost of dementia will reach US $ 1 trillion. Find out more about the global impact of dementia. Download the report here: http://www.worldalzreport2015.org/downloads/world-alzheimer-report-2015.pdf People […]


Progress in Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment – Targeting Amyloid Beta Protein

(Brigham and Womens Hospital) Alzheimer’s disease is a complex disorder of the most human aspect of biology: the thinking part of the brain. Alzheimer’s disease symptoms include a gradual loss of memory and other aspects of cognitive function over the course of 10 to 20 years. These symptoms appear to be due to the insidious […]

Increased Chances for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

(Lund University) A method for detecting early signs of Alzheimer’s disease using amyloid PET imaging works as well as the previously used cerebrospinal fluid sample method. This is the conclusion of a new Lund University study – the most thorough and extensive undertaken in the field so far. The most commonly used tools for investigating […]

Combination Drug Treatment Reduces Agitation for Patients with Probable Alzheimer’s Disease

(Journal of the American Medical Association) In a preliminary 10-week randomized trial, patients with probable Alzheimer disease who received the combination medication dextromethorphan-quinidine demonstrated less occurrences and severity of agitation, compared to patients who received placebo, according to a study in the September 22/29 issue of JAMA. Agitation and aggression are highly prevalent in patients […]

FSU Professors Conduct Study Showing Improved Memory for Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment When Provided with “Nutraceutical Formulation”

(Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease) Framingham State Professor Ruth Remington, her colleague Tom Shea from UMass Lowell, and members of their research team, have published findings from a study that add to a growing body of evidence that lifestyle modification can help maintain brain power as we age. The study examined 34 individuals with Mild Cognitive […]

New Imaging Technique Reveals Early Brain Damage Caused by Hypertension

(American Heart Association) A new imaging technique found that some people with high blood pressure also have damage to nerve tracts connecting different parts of the brain, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s 2015 High Blood Pressure Conference. Study Highlights: A new imaging technique found that some people with high blood […]


Caregiver Depression: Prevention Counts

(MayoClinic) Caregiver depression can take a toll on you and your ability to care for your loved one. Understand the signs of caregiver depression — and know how to prevent it. Caregiving is often physically and emotionally stressful. In an effort to provide the best care possible, you might put your loved one's needs before your own. In turn, … [Read More...]

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers — Three Steps to Maintaining Good Health

(BrightFocus Foundation) There is a very high physical and emotional strain associated with caregiving. Our latest expert article provides helpful tips that are necessary steps to improve your own well-being. You will benefit, and when you are benefitting and feeling well, those around you, including your care recipient, also benefit. Earlier … [Read More...]

Help, I’m a Sandwich: Parenting Your Kids and Your Alzheimer’s Parents

(WebMD) There are about 10 million people in the U.S. -- mostly women – who have chosen to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a grueling job in itself, but many aren’t only caregiving. They’re also raising kids of their own -- and maybe working – at the same time. “You’re already a parent to your children, and then suddenly … [Read More...]

Caregiver Stress: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

(Mayo Clinic) Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient people. If you're a caregiver, take steps to preserve your own health and well-being. With an aging population and changes in health care, such as shorter hospital stays, more and more caregiving is being provided by people who aren't health care professionals. A caregiver is … [Read More...]

Helping Family and Friends Understand Alzheimer’s Disease

(National Institute on Aging) When you learn that someone you love has AD, you may wonder when and how to tell your family and friends. You may be worried about how others will react to or treat the person. While there is no single right way to tell others, we've listed some things to think about. Think about the following questions: Are … [Read More...]

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Protective Effects of Physical Exercise in Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

J Clin Neurol. 2015 Jul;11(3):212-9. doi: 10.3988/jcn.2015.11.3.212. Protective Effects of Physical Exercise in Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease: A Narrative Review. Paillard T1, Rolland Y2, de Souto Barreto P2. Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD) are devastating, frequent, and still incurable … [Read More...]

Vitamin D Status and Rates of Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

JAMA Neurol. Published online September 14, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.2115 Vitamin D Status and Rates of Cognitive Decline in a Multiethnic Cohort of Older Adults Joshua W. Miller, PhD; Danielle J. Harvey, PhD; Laurel A. Beckett, PhD; Ralph Green, MD, PhD; Sarah Tomaszewski Farias, PhD; Bruce R. Reed, PhD; John M. Olichney, MD; Dan … [Read More...]

A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Resveratrol for Alzheimer Disease

Neurology. 2015 Sep 11. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002035. [Epub ahead of print] A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of resveratrol for Alzheimer disease. Turner RS1, Thomas RG2, Craft S2, van Dyck CH2, Mintzer J2, Reynolds BA2, Brewer JB2, Rissman RA2, Raman R2, Aisen PS2; Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative … [Read More...]

Effects of 8-Week Hatha Yoga Intervention on Executive Function in Older Adults

J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2014 Sep;69(9):1109-16. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glu095. Epub 2014 Jul 14. The effects of an 8-week Hatha yoga intervention on executive function in older adults. Gothe NP1, Kramer AF2, McAuley E3. Background Few scientific studies have examined movement-based embodied contemplative practices such as yoga and their … [Read More...]

MIND Diet Slows Cognitive Decline with Aging

Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Jun 15. pii: S1552-5260(15)00194-6. [Epub ahead of print] MIND diet slows cognitive decline with aging. Morris MC1, Tangney CC2, Wang Y3, Sacks FM4, Barnes LL5, Bennett DA6, Aggarwal NT6. Abstract Background The Mediterranean and dash diets have been shown to slow cognitive decline; however, neither diet is specific … [Read More...]

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