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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Most Important Study You May Read All Year: Dietary and Lifestyle Guidelines for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dear Readers: A research study was just published in the journal, Neurobiology of Aging, called “Dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.” It was written by a distinguished group of scientists who represent universities, medical institutions, and other research organizations from all over the world.  Here is the citation: Neurobiol Aging. 2014 […]

DAILY NEWS

Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints Can Predict Dementia

(Albert Einstein College of Medicine) A study involving nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents found that nearly 1 in 10 met criteria for pre-dementia based on a simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints. People who tested positive for pre-dementia were twice as likely as others to […]

Alzheimer’s: Drugs Help Manage Symptoms

(Mayo Clinic) Alzheimer’s still has no cure, but two different types of drugs can help manage symptoms of the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a daunting diagnosis. But working closely with your health care team to find the best strategies to manage your symptoms can help you cope and make life better. Alzheimer’s drugs offer one […]

Music Clears the Fog of Dementia in ‘Alive Inside’

(Alz Research Forum) We’ve all been there. One minute casually strolling through the market, browsing laundry detergent, the next, whisked by a favorite song into the passionate embrace of an old flame. Music has the power to unlock our most emotional memories. Could it be the gateway to the past for people with dementia, reconnecting […]

Heart-Healthy Fatty Acids May Stave Off ALS

(Alz Research Forum) The benefit to cardiovascular health offers one reason to chow down on foods loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. A paper in the July 14 JAMA Neurology online adds another: The same chemicals pare down a person’s risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health determined that […]

Yoga For Older Adults: 5 Health Benefits of the Practice for Post 50s

(Huffington Post) Beginning a yoga practice as an older adult can be intimidating, especially if you’re out of shape or working with health conditions. Although you don’t want to jump into a 90-minute hot yoga class with a group of younger practitioners, starting a gentle practice for beginners can be an excellent way to stay […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s: Where to Start

(National Institute on  Aging) Now that your family member or friend has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the disease and how to care for someone who has it. You may also want to know the right way to share the news with family and friends. Learning About Alzheimer’s Sometimes, you may feel that you don't know how to care for the … [Read More...]

After the Diagnosis of Dementia: What Happens Next?

(National Institute on Aging) As Americans live longer, more of us will develop dementia in our older years. New knowledge and techniques are helping doctors detect signs of the disease earlier than ever before. An earlier diagnosis gives people with the disease and their families more time to get the right treatment and to plan for the future. More and more resources are available to help … [Read More...]

Protecting Someone with Dementia from Scams

(Alzheimer's Association) The FBI, AARP and many senior-focused healthcare organizations have warned that seniors and people suffering from dementia are prime scam targets. Scam artists look for people who may feel isolated and crave interaction. Elderly victims are often polite and trusting of strangers. Dementia impacts the cognitive abilities necessary to discern a stranger’s true … [Read More...]

See the Person, Not the Disease, with Alzheimer’s Caregiving

Dear Readers: Here is another great post from my favorite blogger, Angela Lunde, dementia education specialist in the education core of Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Abigail Van Buren Alzheimer's Disease Research Clinic in Rochester, Minn. ~ Jennifer (Mayo Clinic) Last time, we spoke about wandering, a label we often attach to a person living with … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Effects of Infantilizing Communication (Elderspeak) on Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2009 Oct–Nov; 24(5): 417–423. Published online Aug 19, 2009. doi: 10.1177/1533317509341949 Elderspeak’s Influence on Resistiveness to Care: Focus on Behavioral Events Ruth E. Herman, PhD, Behavior Analyst Specialist and Kristine N. Williams, RN, PhD, Associate … [Read More...]

The Effect of Chair Yoga in Older Adults with Moderate and Severe Alzheimer’s Disease

Res Gerontol Nurs. 2014 Feb 26:1-7. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20140218-01. [Epub ahead of print] The Effect of Chair Yoga in Older Adults with Moderate and Severe Alzheimer's Disease. McCaffrey R, Park J, Newman D, Hagen D. Abstract Using a quasi-experimental single-group design, this study … [Read More...]

Heart Diseases and Long-Term Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 May 13. [Epub ahead of print] Heart Diseases and Long-Term Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: A Population-Based CAIDE Study. Rusanen M1, Kivipelto M2, Levälahti E3, Laatikainen T4, Tuomilehto J5, Soininen H6, Ngandu T7. Abstract Background Many cardiovascular … [Read More...]

Are Certain Life Style Habits Associated with Lower Alzheimer Disease Risk?

J Alzheimers Dis. 2010;20(3):785-94. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2010-091573. Are certain lifestyle habits associated with lower Alzheimer's disease risk? Arab L1, Sabbagh MN. Abstract As the number of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) is expected to grow, finding ways to prevent and lower the … [Read More...]