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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

“Is It Something I’m Taking?” Medications That Can Mimic Dementia

(BrightFocus Foundation) No medication is free of side effects. And when the side effects interfere with attention, memory, language, or other cognitive functions, a doctor might incorrectly suspect the presence of a progressive dementia. Learn about some of the most common medications linked with cognitive symptoms. “I’m sorry, when did you say our next appointment is?” […]

DAILY NEWS

Proteins May Slow Memory Loss in People with Alzheimer’s

(Iowa State University) Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a groundbreaking Iowa State University study. Auriel Willette, a researcher in food science and human nutrition, found evidence that an elevated presence of a protein called neuronal pentraxin-2 may slow cognitive decline and reduce brain atrophy in people […]

Blood Test for Alzheimer’s One Step Closer

(UNT Health Science Center) A simple blood test to detect early Alzheimer’s disease is a step closer to being used to screen older adults. Detailed standardized guidelines that are needed before a blood test could be used in practice have been published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia. The guidelines establish protocols and reflect the continued efforts of […]

New Mechanism for Alzheimer’s Disease Confirmed

(University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine) Jens Pahnke and his team at the University of Oslo has recently published results in the scientific journal Brain showing that decreased removal of toxic peptides in the brain causes the onset and first clinical signs of Alzheimer’s disease, rather than overproduction as has previously been assumed. This information can now […]

‘Medical Marijuana’ Pill Falls Short in Dementia Study

(Health Day) So-called medical marijuana pills may not ease the common behavioral symptoms that affect people with dementia, a small study suggests. In a trial of 50 dementia patients, researchers found that pills containing the main active ingredient in marijuana were no better than placebo pills in easing agitation, aggression and wandering. However, that doesn’t […]

Study Finds Repetitive Brain Injuries May Accelerate Aging, Dementia Risk

(Boston University Medical Center) Repetitive head injuries that occur during contact sports and military service may accelerate the aging process by increasing the build-up of beta-amyloid in the brain, leading to worse disease and an increased likelihood of developing dementia. In particular, boxers fared the worst among athletes and military veterans with a history of […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Alzheimer’s Disease: Coping with Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

(Alzheimer's Foundation of America) Inappropriate sexual behavior is one of the behavior symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease that can lead to the most frustrating, embarrassing and even frightening moments for caregivers. Loss of intimacy is often another issue to come to terms with. And because of the privacy of sexual activities, this topic often is … [Read More...]

Home Safety Tips: Preparing for Alzheimer’s Caregiving

(Mayo Clinic) Home safety is important for everyone — but it carries added significance for caregivers. This is especially true if you're caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease in your home. A throw rug or a stray toy on the steps could easily put your loved one at risk of a fall or injury. To prevent stressful and dangerous situations, … [Read More...]

Caring for Elderly Relatives: How to Handle Family Conflicts

(Family Caregiver Alliance) It shouldn't surprise anyone that sensitive family dynamics can be one of the most challenging aspects of caregiving for an elder, given the tremendous financial, physical, and emotional demands involved. This doesn't mean that family squabbles are inevitable. In fact, if managed well, the experience of caring for an … [Read More...]

Big List of Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tip Sheets and Resource Lists

(National Institute on Aging) Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can have high physical, emotional, and financial costs. The demands of day-to-day care, changes in family roles, and decisions about placement in a care facility can be difficult. There are several evidence-based approaches and programs that can help, and researchers are … [Read More...]

Caregiving and Ambiguous Loss

(Family Caregiver Alliance) Caregiving for a loved one can cause stress in many ways. To manage the stress—which we know can be dangerous to a caregiver’s health—we must first know what the problem is. Surprisingly, many caregivers of individuals with memory disorders or dementia report that the main problem is not the illness itself, but the … [Read More...]

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SCIENCE CORNER

Effect of a High-intensity Exercise Program on Physical function and Mental Health in Residents with Dementia

PLoS One. 2015 May 14;10(5):e0126102. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126102. eCollection 2015. Effect of a high-intensity exercise program on physical function and mental health in nursing home residents with dementia: an assessor blinded randomized controlled trial. Telenius EW1, Engedal K2, Bergland A1. Abstract Background Dementia is among the leading causes of functional loss and disability in older adults. Research has demonstrated … [Read More...]

Phosphatidylserine and the Human Brain

Nutrition. 2015 Jun;31(6):781-786. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2014.10.014. Epub 2014 Nov 4. Phosphatidylserine and the human brain. Glade MJ1, Smith K2. Abstract Objective The aim of this study was to assess the roles and importance of phosphatidylserine (PS), an endogenous phospholipid and dietary nutrient, in human brain biochemistry, physiology, and function. Methods A scientific literature search was conducted on MEDLINE for relevant … [Read More...]

Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Mortality with Exercise, Statin, and Fruit Intake

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Nov 14. [Epub ahead of print] Lower Risk of Alzheimer's Disease Mortality with Exercise, Statin, and Fruit Intake. Williams PT1. Abstract Background Whether lifestyle affects Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk remains controversial. Objective Test whether exercise, diet, or statins affect AD mortality in 153,536 participants of the National Runners' and Walkers' Health Studies. Methods Hazard ratios (HR) and 95% … [Read More...]

Effect of Depression and Diabetes Mellitus on the Risk for Dementia

JAMA Psychiatry. 2015 Apr 15. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0082. [Epub ahead of print] Effect of Depression and Diabetes Mellitus on the Risk for Dementia: A National Population-Based Cohort Study. Katon W1, Pedersen HS2, Ribe AR2, Fenger-Grøn M2, Davydow D1, Waldorff FB3, Vestergaard M2. 1Division of Health Services Research and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington … [Read More...]

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