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Taking Stock Of New Alzheimer’s Drug Coverage: A “Landmark Breakthrough” That Offers No “Clinically Apparent Benefit”

(HealthNews Review) The big story dominating this week’s health news has been the presentation of new results on studies of Alzheimer’s drugs at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington. Eli Lilly was there to show off data on solanezumab, a drug that previously failed to demonstrate benefits in two big studies but is now […]

DAILY NEWS

Affordable, Non-Invasive Test May Detect Who is Most at Risk for Alzheimer’s

(University of Texas at Dallas) Individuals with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) are at twice the risk of others in their age group of progressing to Alzheimer’s disease. Although no conclusive test exists to predict who will develop Alzheimer’s, new research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas is attempting […]

High Blood Sugar May Boost Alzheimer’s Risk

(WebMD News from HealthDay) High blood sugar associated with prediabetes may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that insulin resistance — higher-than-normal levels of blood sugar that often precede type 2 diabetes — was related to poorer performance on memory tests taken by late-middle-age adults. “The findings are interesting […]

Alzheimer’s Worsens Twice as Fast in Women, Study Finds

(NBC News) Women with memory problems that may signal early Alzheimer’s descend into dementia twice as fast as men, researchers said Tuesday. It helps explain why so many more women than men have Alzheimer’s disease, they said. Two-thirds of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s are women. Women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop […]

Older Adults Can Improve Brain Function by Raising Their Fitness Level

(University of Kansas Medical Center) New research conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center indicates that older adults can improve brain function by raising their fitness level. Jeffrey Burns, M.D., professor of neurology and co-director of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, led a six-month trial conducted with healthy adults ages 65 and older who […]

New Alzheimer’s Study Reveals How Spouse-Caregivers Sustain Relationships

(Florida Atlantic University)  When a spouse is cognitively impaired, marital communication is impaired. As Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progresses, language problems increase in frequency — such as searching for the right word, repeating the same word, asking the same question over and over, or substituting one word for another. As a result of the decline in […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

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...]

Suggesting a Memory Screening for a Loved One

(The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation) It can be a touchy moment: You notice changes in a loved one’s cognitive abilities, want to suggest screening for possible memory deficit, but aren’t sure how to go about doing that. If that sounds like a situation you’ll be in soon, read on. The entire family should consult with a … [Read More...]

Explaining Dementia to Children and Young People

(alzheimers.org.uk) Finding out that someone close to you has dementia, and coping with the ongoing illness, can be distressing for anyone, including children and young people. This factsheet explains how children and young people can be affected when someone close to them has dementia. It suggests how parents can talk to their children about … [Read More...]

Assistive Technology: What Is It and How Can It Help with Alzheimer’s

(Family Caregiver Alliance) Sometimes called assistive devices, independent living aids, and adaptive equipment, assistive technology (AT) can help your loved one live more independently. It may also make your job as a caregiver easier and more enjoyable. If you’re caring for someone with dementia, you may be worried about their falling, … [Read More...]

What’s the Difference Between Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease?

(BrightFocus Foundation)  Many people often confuse the terms Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Although they are used interchangeably, there are distinct differences between them. Read about the differences between Alzheimer's disease and Dementia. What Is Dementia? Dementia is not a disease, but a group of symptoms that are associated with a … [Read More...]

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SCIENCE CORNER

Summary of the Evidence on Modifiable Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline and Dementia

Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Jun;11(6):718-26. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2015.05.016. Epub 2015 Jun 1. Summary of the evidence on modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia: A population-based perspective. Baumgart M1, Snyder HM2, Carrillo MC3, Fazio S4, Kim H1, Johns H5. Abstract An estimated 47 million people worldwide are living with dementia in 2015, and this number is projected to triple by 2050. In the absence of a … [Read More...]

Effects of Different Types of Physical Activity on the Cognitive Functions and Attention in Older People

Exp Gerontol. 2015 Jul 13. pii: S0531-5565(15)30016-4. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2015.07.008. [Epub ahead of print] Effects of Different Types of Physical Activity on the Cognitive Functions and Attention in Older People: A Randomised Controlled Study. Iuliano E1, di Cagno A2, Aquino G3, Fiorilli G4, Mignogna P5, Calcagno G6, Di Costanzo A7. Abstract This study aimed to evaluate the effects of different types of exercise on cognition. Eighty … [Read More...]

Mediterranean Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay Slows Cognitive Decline With Aging

Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Jun 15. pii: S1552-5260(15)00194-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2015.04.011. [Epub ahead of print] Mediterranean-dietary approach to systolic hypertension diet intervention for neurodegenerative delay diet slows cognitive decline with aging. Morris MC1, Tangney CC2, Wang Y3, Sacks FM4, Barnes LL5, Bennett DA6, Aggarwal NT6. Abstract Background The Mediterranean and dash diets have been shown to slow cognitive decline; … [Read More...]

Cognitive Impairment 18 Years Before Clinical Diagnosis of Alzheimer

Neurology. 2015 Jun 24. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001774. [Epub ahead of print] Cognitive impairment 18 years before clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer disease dementia. Rajan KB1, Wilson RS2, Weuve J2, Barnes LL2, Evans DA2. Abstract Objective To examine the relation of performance on brief cognitive tests to development of clinically diagnosed Alzheimer disease (AD) dementia over the following 18 years in a sample of African Americans … [Read More...]

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