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Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients

(University of Michigan) Drugs aimed at quelling the behavior problems of dementia patients may also hasten their deaths more than previously realized, a new study finds. Psychiatric drugs used to change problem behaviors in Alzheimer’s patients could carry more risks than previously thought. The research adds more troubling evidence to the case against antipsychotic drugs […]

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Research Identifies Novel Steps in Dementia Progression

(University of York) Research by biologists at the University of York has identified new mechanisms potentially driving progression of an aggressive form of dementia. The research, which was funded by Alzheimer’s Society and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), is published today in The Journal of Cell Biology. Working with scientists at the […]

Head Injury Patients Show Signs of Faster Ageing in the Brain

(Imperial College London) People who have suffered serious head injuries show changes in brain structure resembling those seen in older people, according to a new study. MRI scans from a traumatic brain injury patient (left) and a healthy person (right). Credit: Image courtesy of Imperial College London Researchers at Imperial College London analysed brain scans […]

More Evidence That Epilepsy Drug Calms Neurons and Boosts Memory

(AlzForum) Levetiracetam calmed hyperactive neurons and improved memory in people with mild cognitive impairment. Those were the conclusions from a Phase 2 clinical trial that treated volunteers with three doses of the anticonvulsant. The study, published February 21 in Neuroimage: Clinical, confirmed and extended positive results from a smaller pilot study, though the highest dose […]

Many with Alzheimer’s Never Get the Diagnosis

(NBC News) More than half a million Americans will develop Alzheimer’s disease this year, but as many as half will never be told their diagnosis, according to a new report. Doctors are reluctant to give the bad news, are afraid of the reaction, or fear they won’t be believed, the Alzheimer’s Association says. But Alzheimer’s […]

Diabetes: A Modifiable Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s Disease

(BrightFocus Foundation) In the United States population, nearly 1 in 10 of us has diabetes mellitus, a disorder of glucose metabolism that harms multiple body systems. When we refer to diabetes mellitus, we are grouping together two distinct disorders: Type 1 diabetes reflects degeneration of insulin-producing pancreatic cells, requiring treatment with insulin. Intype 2 diabetes, which may […]

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Explore Vital Alzheimer’s Facts & Possible Prevention Strategies

(AlzU.org) Want to learn more about Alzheimer’s prevention or treatment? AlzU.org contains an online course about Alzheimer’s prevention, treatment, diagnosis and more. There are also a variety of online activities that become available as the lessons are completed. It's free too! Join now on AlzU.org! Who is AlzU? Alzheimer's Universe … [Read More...]

Tips for Communicating with a Person Who has Alzheimer’s Disease

(BrightFocus Foundation) Have you ever tried to communicate with someone with Alzheimer’s disease and ended feeling awkward and frustrated?  Did you get stuck without having anything to talk about? Was this a once conversant and articulate person you now have difficulty engaging? Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease, though … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s: Making Mealtimes Easier

(Mayo Clinic) Alzheimer's and eating can be a challenge. Understand what causes eating problems and take simple steps to ensure good nutrition. Alzheimer's disease and eating challenges often go hand in hand. As Alzheimer's progresses, poor nutrition can aggravate confusion and lead to physical weakness, as well as increase the risk of infection … [Read More...]

Identifying Pain in Someone with Later Stages of Dementia

(Alzheimer's Australia) An interesting new Australian study has looked into why pain is often undetected or misinterpreted in people with the later stages of dementia in residential aged care facilities. Pain is common in older people and particularly in people with the later stages of dementia who might have multiple sources of pain such as … [Read More...]

Managing Caregiver Grief, Guilt, and Exhaustion

(American Association of Retired Persons) Ever since I've been a caregiver, I've been waiting for The Call. If you're caring for a loved one, you know what I mean — the telephone rings, and you learn that your parent has taken a turn for the worse and you must rush to his side. In the past 12 years I've taken care of my father, then my mother and … [Read More...]

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Silent and Suffering: Exploring Gaps Between Theory and Practice in Pain Management for People with Severe Dementia in Care Facilities

Clin Interv Aging. 2014; 9: 1767–1774. Published online 2014 Oct 15. doi:  10.2147/CIA.S64598 Silent and suffering: a pilot study exploring gaps between theory and practice in pain management for people with severe dementia in residential aged care facilities Carmelle Peisah, Judith Weaver, Lisa Wong, and Julie-Anne … [Read More...]

Diabetes and the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

PLoS One. 2014 Jan 29;9(1):e87095. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087095. eCollection 2014. Diabetes mellitus and the risk of Alzheimer's disease: a nationwide population-based study. Huang CC1, Chung CM2, Leu HB3, Lin LY4, Chiu CC5, Hsu CY5, Chiang CH6, Huang PH7, Chen TJ8, Lin SJ9, Chen JW1, Chan WL10. Abstract Objectives Possible … [Read More...]

Nutritional Status According to Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Aging Clin Exp Res. 2014 Dec 25. [Epub ahead of print] Nutritional status according to the stages of Alzheimer's disease. Marino LV1, Ramos LF, Chiarello PG. Abstract Objective To assess the nutritional status of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients with no other associated dementia, according to disease stage. Design Cross-sectional … [Read More...]

Multidomain Intervention of Diet, Exercise, Cognitive Training, and Vascular Risk Monitoring Versus Control to Prevent Cognitive Decline in At-Risk Elderly People

The Lancet, 2015 March (Online first) DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60461-5 A 2 year multidomain intervention of diet, exercise, cognitive training, and vascular risk monitoring versus control to prevent cognitive decline in at-risk elderly people (FINGER): a randomised controlled trial Ngandu, Tiia et al. Background Modifiable vascular and … [Read More...]

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