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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 […]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Antimicrobial Mechanism Gone Rogue May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

(Scientific American) A new study finds that a key protein implicated in Alzheimer’s may normally protect the brain from infection. General consensus among Alzheimer’s researchers has it that the disease’s main culprit, a protein called amyloid beta, is an unfortunate waste product that is not known to play any useful role in the body—and one that can have devastating consequences. When not … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Will Heart Medication Help Treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

(Örebro Universitet) A new study from Örebro University, published in Science Signaling today, shows that heart medication reduces the build-up of plaque in the brain's blood vessels in mice. The question is if this is true also in humans? If the answer is yes, it might bring scientists a step closer to developing a medicine against Alzheimer's disease. Together with German and Italian … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Association: The Hope for Future Drugs

(Alzheimer's Association) A worldwide quest is under way to find new treatments to stop, slow or even prevent Alzheimer's. Because new drugs take years to produce from concept to market—and because drugs that seem promising in early-stage studies may not work as hoped in large-scale trials—it is critical that Alzheimer's and related dementias research continue to accelerate. To ensure that the … [Read More...]

Study Links High Blood Pressure and Risk of Dementia

AlzheimersResearchuk.org) Researchers analysing the health records of over 4 million people in the UK have confirmed a previously-reported link between high blood pressure and the risk of vascular dementia– the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. The study is published today (Wednesday) in the journal Stroke. Vascular dementia is caused by a reduction in blood … [Read More...]

Assistive Tech to Tackle Dementia Isolation

(Manchester Metropolitan University) Mobile and wearable technology used to support independent living for people with dementia could hold the key to cutting social isolation. KMS Solutions' wearable device Wearable technology, satellite tracking and mobile phone apps are the latest tools in the fight against social isolation from dementia, unlocking the potential for increased … [Read More...]

Distinguishing Differences in Dementia Using Brain Scans

(University of Leiden) Neuroscientist Anne Hafkemeijer is able to distinguish two different forms of dementia using advanced imaging techniques. This is the first step towards early recognition of dementia in patients on the basis of brain networks. Early Diagnosis In her PhD research Hafkemeijer used MRI scans to detect changes in brain networks that occur as a result of ageing and dementia. … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Activities for Early Stage Dementia

(Alzheimer Society of Canada) People with dementia retain memory for some activities, such as reading, typing or playing the piano, depending on which part of the brain has been damaged. Staying Active in the Early Stage of Alzheimer's Disease People in the early stages of dementia will likely continue to enjoy activities they have enjoyed before … [Read More...]

Activities for Late Stage Dementia

(Alzheimer Society of Canada) As a person's dementia advances, she will still be able to carry out some familiar tasks, but will probably be more interested in doing the activity than in the end result. If this is the case with someone close to you, look for “magic moments” throughout the day rather than trying to carry out sustained activities. … [Read More...]

Caregivers Often Sacrifice for Alzheimer’s Costs

(WebMD) Many skip food and health care, cut back work hours or quit jobs to care for loved ones, survey shows. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease means caregivers often skimp on their own food and medical care, and even sell their belongings to support their loved one, a new report released Wednesday shows. The centerpiece of the … [Read More...]

A New Challenge For Caregivers: The Internet

(Northwestern University) What should caregivers do when their loved one is checking in on social media at the bank, essentially announcing their whereabouts? What if they are posting too often or don't remember making online purchases? In the age of online living, caregivers lack support, resources and guidelines to help the vulnerable people … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

MIND Diet Associated with Reduced Incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Sep;11(9):1007-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2014.11.009. Epub 2015 Feb 11. MIND diet associated with reduced incidence of Alzheimer's disease. Morris MC1, Tangney CC2, Wang Y3, Sacks FM4, Bennett DA5, Aggarwal NT5. Abstract Introduction In a previous study, higher … [Read More...]

Changes in Neural Connectivity and Memory Following a Yoga Intervention for Older Adults

J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Apr 5. [Epub ahead of print] Changes in Neural Connectivity and Memory Following a Yoga Intervention for Older Adults: A Pilot Study. Eyre HA1,2, Acevedo B1, Yang H1, Siddarth P1, Van Dyk K1, Ercoli L1, Leaver AM3, Cyr NS1, Narr K3, Baune BT2, Khalsa DS4, Lavretsky … [Read More...]

Association Between Anticholinergic Medication Use and Cognition, Brain Metabolism, and Brain Atrophy in Older Adults

JAMA Neurol. Published online April 18, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.0580 Association Between Anticholinergic Medication Use and Cognition, Brain Metabolism, and Brain Atrophy in Cognitively Normal Older Adults  Shannon L. Risacher, PhD1,2; Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD, MBA1,2,3; Eileen … [Read More...]

Making Sense of the Relationship between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Feb 27;51(4):961-77. doi: 10.3233/JAD-150980. Unraveling Alzheimer's: Making Sense of the Relationship between Diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease Schilling MA. Abstract Numerous studies have documented a strong association between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease (AD). … [Read More...]