IN THE SPOTLIGHT

New Guideline: Try Exercise to Improve Memory and Thinking

(Mayo Clinic) For patients with mild cognitive impairment, don't be surprised if your health care provider prescribes exercise rather than medication. A new guideline for medical practitioners says they should recommend twice-weekly exercise to people with mild cognitive impairment to improve memory and thinking. The recommendation is part of an updated guideline for mild cognitive impairment … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Alzheimer’s Drug Turns Back Clock in Powerhouse of Cell

(Salk Institute for Biological Studies) Salk researchers identify the molecular target of J147, which is nearing clinical trials to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The experimental drug J147 is something of a modern elixir of life; it's been shown to treat Alzheimer's disease and reverse aging in mice and is almost ready for clinical trials in humans. Now, Salk scientists have solved the puzzle of … [Read More...]

Anxiety: An Early Indicator of Alzheimer’s Disease?

(Brigham and Women's Hospital) A new study suggests an association between elevated amyloid beta levels and the worsening of anxiety symptoms. A new study suggests an association between elevated amyloid beta levels and the worsening of anxiety symptoms. The findings support the hypothesis that neuropsychiatric symptoms could represent the early manifestation of Alzheimer's disease in older … [Read More...]

Walk 4,000 Steps Every Day to Boost Brain Function

(MedicalNewsToday) Recent research led by the University of California, Los Angeles shows that taking a short walk each day can help to keep the brain healthy, supporting the overall resilience of cognitive functioning. As we grow older, memory problems can begin to set in. These could be a natural part of aging and a minor annoyance, but in some cases, the issues may indicate mild cognitive … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Is Accelerating Across the U.S.

(AARP) The Alzheimer’s Association says, “Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's dementia every 66 seconds.” Degenerative brain disease and dementia are on the rise across all 50 U.S. states, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. As the rate of Alzheimer’s continues to escalate, more financial stress will be placed on health care programs. The trend will also increase the need … [Read More...]

Best Diets Overall: U.S. News Rankings for 2018

(U.S. News and World Report) U.S. News evaluated 40 of the most popular diets and identified the best. Find which top-rated diet is best for your health and fitness goals. Best Diets Overall   #1 DASH Diet (tie)  #1 Mediterranean Diet (tie)  #3 The Flexitarian Diet See the full rankings list » Best Weight-Loss Diets  #1 Weight Watchers Diet  #2 Volumetrics … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Coping with Late-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

(NIA) When a person moves to the later stages of AD, caregiving may become even harder. This section offers ways to cope with changes that take place during severe or late-stage AD. If caring for the person has become too much for you, read Finding Long-Term Care for a Person with Alzheimer’s. When the Person with AD Can't Move "Even though my … [Read More...]

Make Health Your Resolution in 2018

(CDC.gov) Make 2018 your healthiest year yet! Add these tips to your resolution list to boost your health and well-being! Six Tips for 2018 Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Regular oral and medical exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your … [Read More...]

What is the Most Common Type of Dementia?

(BrightFocus Foundation) This article discusses the most common type of dementia, resulting in 60 - 80 percent of all cases of dementia diagnoses. Andrew* first noticed his mother’s forgetfulness at her 75th birthday party. She did her best to hide her difficulty, but it was obvious to him that she was having trouble remembering the names of … [Read More...]

Music, Art and Alzheimer’s

(Alzheimer's Association) Music and art can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease. Both allow for self-expression and engagement, even after dementia has progressed. Music Music can be powerful. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease. Even in … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Managing Personality and Behavior Changes

(NIH) Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die, so the brain works less well over time. This changes how a person acts. This article has suggestions that may help you understand and cope with changes in personality and behavior in a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Common Changes in Personality and Behavior Common personality and behavior … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

When the Caregiver Needs Care: the Plight of Vulnerable Caregivers

Am J Public Health. 2002 Mar;92(3):409-13. When the caregiver needs care: the plight of vulnerable caregivers. Navaie-Waliser M1, Feldman PH, Gould DA, Levine C, Kuerbis AN, Donelan K Abstract Objectives This study examined the characteristics, activities, and challenges of high-risk informal caregivers. Methods Telephone interviews were conducted with a nationally representative cross-section of 1002 informal … [Read More...]

Does Cognitive Training Prevent Cognitive Decline?

Ann Intern Med. 2017 Dec 19. doi: 10.7326/M17-1531. [Epub ahead of print] Does Cognitive Training Prevent Cognitive Decline?: A Systematic Review. Butler M1, McCreedy E1, Nelson VA1, Desai P1, Ratner E1, Fink HA1, Hemmy LS1, McCarten JR1, Barclay TR1, Brasure M1, Davila H1, Kane RL1. Abstract Background Structured activities to stimulate brain function-that is, cognitive training exercises-are promoted to slow or … [Read More...]

Body Mass Index and Risk of Dementia

Alzheimers Dement. 2017 Nov 21. pii: S1552-5260(17)33811-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2017.09.016. [Epub ahead of print] Body mass index and risk of dementia: Analysis of individual-level data from 1.3 million individuals. Kivimäki M1, Luukkonen R2, Batty GD3, Ferrie JE4, Pentti J5, Nyberg ST5, Shipley MJ6, Alfredsson L7, Fransson EI8, Goldberg M9, Knutsson A10, Koskenvuo M2, Kuosma E2, Nordin M11, Suominen SB12, Theorell T13, … [Read More...]

Caregiving as a Risk Factor for Mortality: the Caregiver Health Effects Study

JAMA. 1999 Dec 15;282(23):2215-9. Caregiving as a risk factor for mortality: the Caregiver Health Effects Study. Schulz R1, Beach SR. Abstract Context There is strong consensus that caring for an elderly individual with disability is burdensome and stressful to many family members and contributes to psychiatric morbidity. Researchers have also suggested that the combination of loss, prolonged distress, the physical … [Read More...]