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World Alzheimer Report 2014 Reveals Persuasive Evidence for Dementia Risk Reduction

(Kings College London) The World Alzheimer Report 2014 ‘Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors’, released today, calls for dementia to be integrated into both global and national public health programmes alongside other major non communicable diseases (NCDs).  Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) commissioned a team of researchers, led by Professor Martin […]

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Cold Sore Virus Increases Risk of Dementia

(UMEA University) Infection with herpes simplex virus increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Umeå University claim this in two studies in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia. “Our results clearly show that there is a link between infections of herpes simplex virus and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This also means that we […]

What Do People Believe About Alzheimer’s Disease?

(EndAlzNow.org) Alzheimer’s is a devastating, debilitating and incurable disease of the brain. Its symptoms develop slowly, although researchers now believe that the actual neurological damage begins years or even decades before the first memory and thinking problems occur. Those symptoms are progressive, ultimately robbing the individual of mental and physical function. Did You Know? Alzheimer’s […]

Poor Dental Health May Lead to Alzheimer’s

(Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease) People with poor oral hygiene or gum disease may be at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study led by The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) School of Medicine and Dentistry suggests. The research, which has received international collaboration, and led by Professor Stjohn Crean and Dr Sim […]

Getting to the Heart of It: Healthy Heart and Healthy Brain

(Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry) If you’re heading to the fitness center for regular workouts, shedding those extra pounds or kicking a tobacco habit with heart health in mind, here’s good news: you also may be lowering your risk for dementia. “In other words, what’s good for a person’s heart is also good for the brain,” said […]

Stress and Its Influence on Alzheimer’s Disease

(UC Irvine Mind) It’s become almost impossible to escape stress in our 21st century American life. Ongoing economic insecurity, a constant sense of time urgency fueled by instantaneous communication, and the multiple competing demands of family and work life, including caregiving, leave Americans with little opportunity to take a breather. In a nationwide survey of […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

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...]

Activities to Get the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patient Engaged

(BrightFocus Foundation) Puzzles, word games, picture books, arts and crafts, music, dancing, gardening, walking, and folding clothes are just some of the many activities that one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can participate. Caregivers enjoy finding a new activity to engage their loved one. And there are many options, but knowing how to engage … [Read More...]

How to Sleep Well Over 50: Tips for Overcoming Insomnia and Sleeping Better

(HelpGuide.org) As we age we often experience normal changes in our sleeping patterns. We may become sleepy earlier, wake up earlier, or enjoy less deep sleep. Although these changes are a normal part of aging, disturbed sleep, waking up tired every day, and other symptoms of insomnia are not a normal part of aging. Sleep is just as important to … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

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Herpes Simplex Infection Almost Doubles Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Jul 17. pii: S1552-5260(14)02421-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2014.04.522. [Epub ahead of print] Reactivated herpes simplex infection increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Lövheim H1, Gilthorpe J2, Adolfsson R3, Nilsson LG4, Elgh F5. Author information  Abstract Background Previous studies have suggested a link … [Read More...]

Potential for Primary Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Lancet Neurol. 2014 Aug;13(8):788-94. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(14)70136-X. Potential for primary prevention of Alzheimer's disease: an analysis of population-based data. Norton S1, Matthews FE2, Barnes DE3, Yaffe K4, Brayne C5. 1Psychology Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK. 2Medical Research Council … [Read More...]

American Geriatrics Society Feeding Tubes in Advanced Dementia Position Statement

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Aug;62(8):1590-3. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12924. Epub 2014 Jul 17. American Geriatrics Society feeding tubes in advanced dementia position statement. American Geriatrics Society Ethics Committee and Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee. Abstract When eating difficulties arise, feeding tubes are not recommended for … [Read More...]

Oral Inflammation, Tooth Loss, Risk Factors, and Association with Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Jan 1;42(3):723-37. doi: 10.3233/JAD-140387. Oral inflammation, tooth loss, risk factors, and association with progression of Alzheimer's disease. Singhrao SK1, Harding A2, Simmons T3, Robinson S4, Kesavalu L5, Crean S2. Author information  Abstract Periodontitis is a polymicrobial chronic inflammatory disease of … [Read More...]

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