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2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report Available

(Alzheimer’s Association) The 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report is  available. This is the definitive, yearly report from the Alzheimer’s Assocation. You can download copies here: Download the full report: Download the infographic: Download quick facts   Please go to www.alz.org for information, resources, and ways you can help.   Prevalence An estimated 5.3 […]

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8 Nutrients to Protect the Aging Brain

(Institute of Food Technologists) Brain health is the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle according to a 2014 AARP study. As people age they can experience a range of cognitive issues from decreased critical thinking to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  In the March issue of Food Technology published by the Institute of […]

Severe Alzheimer’s Patient Responds to Bryostatin Treatment

(Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease) Researchers at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine announced their findings from a new study entitled, “PSEN1 Variant in a Family with Atypical AD.” An Alzheimer patient with very severe disease, genetically confirmed to have a known variant of PSEN1, showed […]

Waterford Researchers Find Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Impaired Vision Arising from Nutrient Deficiency

(Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease) A team from the Vision Research Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology has discovered that patients with Alzheimer’s disease have significantly worse vision than others in their age group and are more likely to be seriously deficient in carotenoids, key nutrients in the eye. Providing an exciting basis for further research, […]

Extra Sleep Fixes Memory Problems in Flies with Alzheimer’s-like Condition

(Washington University in St. Louis) Many studies have linked more sleep to better memory, but new research in fruit flies demonstrates that extra sleep helps the brain overcome catastrophic neurological defects that otherwise would block memory formation, report scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Studying three groups of flies, the scientists […]

Civic Engagement May Stave Off Brain Atrophy

(Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) Instead of shrinking as expected, as part of the normal aging process, the memory center in the brains of seniors maintained their size and, in men, grew modestly after two years in a program that engaged them in meaningful and social activities, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

What is Guardianship or Conservatorship? An Overview of Determining Mental Incapacity

(About) Guardianship, or conservatorship as it's called in some states, is the legal proceeding in a state court where a person, called the “Guardian” or “Conservator,” is appointed to exercise some or all of the legal rights of the incapacitated person, called the “Ward.” How Mental Incapacity is Determined by a Court How is a person determined … [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...]

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...]

Need Help on Mother’s Day? Perfect Gifts for Seniors Living in Assisted Living Facilities

(Ezine) It's no secret that finding the perfect gift for a senior citizen is a bit difficult, but shopping for a present for someone living in an assisted living facility is a little more tedious. Individuals in long-term care facilities may not need much more than the everyday necessities. However, when it comes birthdays or Christmas presents, … [Read More...]

Understanding How Alzheimer’s Changes People — Challenges and Coping Strategies

(Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center) Alzheimer's disease is an illness of the brain. It causes large numbers of nerve cells in the brain to die. This affects a person's ability to remember things and think clearly. People with AD become forgetful and easily confused. They may have a hard time concentrating and behave in odd ways. … [Read More...]

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SCIENCE CORNER

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...]

The Continuing Failure of Bexarotene in Alzheimer’s Disease Mice

J Alzheimers Dis. 2015 Mar 16. [Epub ahead of print] The Continuing Failure of Bexarotene in Alzheimer's Disease Mice. Balducci C1, Paladini A1, Micotti E1, Tolomeo D1, La Vitola P1, Grigoli E1, Richardson JC2, Forloni G1. Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia characterized by synaptic dysfunction, memory loss, neuroinflammation, and neuronal cell death. Amyloid-β (Aβ), recognized as the main culprit of AD, … [Read More...]

Divalent Copper as a Major Triggering Agent in Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2015 Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print] Divalent Copper as a Major Triggering Agent in Alzheimer's Disease. Brewer GJ1. Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) is at epidemic proportions in developed countries, with a steady increase in the early 1900 s, and then exploding over the last 50 years. This epidemiology points to something causative in the environment of developed countries. This paper will review the considerable … [Read More...]

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