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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Calling All Caregivers: Do You Know About the Health-eBrain Study?

(BrightFocus Foundation) A pioneering online health study to assess the cognitive toll of Alzheimer’s and dementias caregiving using online brain performance tests was officially announced today at a ReACT/AARP event. Employers from more than 75 corporations, academic institutions, non-profits and government attended the event, which was held at AARP’s Washington, DC headquarters. The 21CBT®/Caregiver Health-eBrain […]

DAILY NEWS

Top 10 Healthy Aging Tips

(BrightFocus Foundation) Aging is one of the main risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma (the primary open angle type). That means your chance of developing one of these diseases goes up as you grow older. Obviously, you can’t stop time, but you can lower your risk by adopting healthy behaviors that include […]

What If We Can Delay the Onset of Alzheimer’s by Just a Few Years?

(National Journal)  With members of the baby-boomer generation entering their senior years, the number of Alzheimer’s patients across the country is set to double by the year 2050. And it will cost a fortune. According to a new analysis by the University of Southern California, the costs associated with Alzheimer’s will reach $1.5 trillion by 2050, up […]

A 3-D View of One of Neuroscience’s Most Famous Brains

(AlzForum) Known for decades as patient H.M., Henry Molaison was familiar, indeed dear, to neuroscientists. In 1953, epilepsy surgery to remove a tiny part of his brain left him forever unable to acquire new facts and store them. His case gave the field its first solid evidence that the hippocampus was involved in memory (see […]

Toxic Tau of Alzheimer’s May Offer a Path to Treatment

(National Public Radio) After years of setbacks, Alzheimer’s researchers are sounding optimistic again. The reason: a brain protein called tau. A tangle of protein (green) in this scanning electron micrograph of a brain cell of an Alzheimer’s patient lies within the cytoplasm (blue) of the cell. The tangle consists of clumps of a toxic form […]

10 Things You Should Know about Lewy Body Dementias

(Lewy Body Dementia Association) Lewy body dementias (LBD) affect an estimated 1.3 million individuals and their families in the United States. At the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), we understand that though many families are affected by this disease, few individuals and medical professionals are aware of the symptoms, diagnostic criteria, or even that LBD […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Resources Can Help During the Holidays

(Alzheimer's Association) The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900. Our 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public. Our highly trained and knowledgeable … [Read More...]

Helpful Caregiving Tips for the Holidays

(BrightFocus Foundation) No matter the time of year, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s requires an understanding of the one for whom we care.  As their caregiver, you know them well—the rhythm of their day, what they like, what calms or upsets them.  This understanding is all very important in managing their daily life.  But the holiday season is … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Caregiving: How to Ask for Help

(Mayo Clinic) Alzheimer's caregiving isn't a one-person task — and friends and loved ones may be more willing to help than you'd think. Here's help reaching out. Alzheimer's caregiving is a tough job, and it's too much for one person to handle alone. No one is equipped to care for another person 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you're … [Read More...]

Caregivers: If You are too Tired to Read This Article, This Article is for You

(WebMD) Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude -- from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don't get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able -- either physically or financially. Caregivers who … [Read More...]

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SCIENCE CORNER

MP3 Players Support Family Carers of People Living with Dementia at Home

Int Psychogeriatr. 2014 Sep 23:1-9. [Epub ahead of print] A study of the effectiveness of MP3 players to support family carers of people living with dementia at home. Lewis V1, Bauer M2, Winbolt M2, Chenco C2, Hanley F1. Author information  Abstract Background Music can be therapeutic to people with dementia; however, little is known … [Read More...]

Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Mortality with Exercise, Cholesterol-lowering Drugs, and Fruit

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Nov 14. [Epub ahead of print] Lower Risk of Alzheimer's Disease Mortality with Exercise, Statin, and Fruit Intake. Williams PT. Author information Abstract Background Whether lifestyle affects Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk remains controversial. Objective Test whether exercise, diet, or statins affect AD mortality … [Read More...]

Dietary Supplementation of Walnuts Improves Memory Deficits and Learning Skills in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Jan 1;42(4):1397-405. doi: 10.3233/JAD-140675. Dietary supplementation of walnuts improves memory deficits and learning skills in transgenic mouse model ofAlzheimer's disease. Muthaiyah B, Essa MM, Lee M, Chauhan V, Kaur K, Chauhan A. Author information Abstract Previous in vitro studies have shown that walnut … [Read More...]

Diabetes Mellitus and the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Nationwide Population-Based Study

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...]

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