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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Financial Costs of Alzheimer’s: What are the Options?

(BrightFocus Foundation) An October 15, 2014 article in U.S. News and World Report, “An Alzheimer’s Complication: Some Care Many Not Be Covered by Medicare,” points out that Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in America. When an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia is in need of care, it is important to understand the options […]

DAILY NEWS

Spice Up Your Memory with Tumeric

(Monash University) Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment. The finding has particular significance given that the world’s ageing population means a rising incidence of conditions that predispose people to diabetes, which in […]

Danger of Repeat Head Injuries: Brain’s Inability to Tap Energy Source

(The Ohio State University) Two or more serious hits to the head within days of each other can interfere with the brain’s ability to use sugar – its primary energy source – to repair cells damaged by the injuries, new research suggests. The brain’s ability to use energy is critical after an injury. In animal studies, […]

Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment: Positive Phase 1 Data for ANAVEX 2-73 Drug Candidate

( Anavex Life Sciences Corp) Data Presented at CNS Summit 2014 Supports Commencement of Phase 2 Clinical Trial in Alzheimer’s Patients Anavex announced full data results from the Phase 1 clinical trial of ANAVEX 2-73, the Company’s lead investigational oral treatment for Alzheimer’s, which has shown potential in preclinical studies to prevent, halt and/or reverse the […]

Coping Strategies Therapy Significantly Improves Dementia Carers’ Mental Health and Quality of Life

(MedicalXpress) A brief coping strategies therapy which provides stress relief and emotional support for people caring for relatives with dementia can reduce depression and anxiety and improve wellbeing at no extra cost to standard care, new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry suggests. The study led by Gill Livingston, Professor of Psychiatry of Older People at […]

Trans Fat Consumption is Linked to Diminished Memory in Working-aged Adults

(American Heart Association) High trans fat consumption is linked to worse memory among working-age men, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. In a recent study of approximately 1,000 healthy men, those who consumed the most trans fats showed notably worse performance on a word memory test. The strength of the […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

(Family Caregiver Alliance) First, Care for Yourself. On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of … [Read More...]

How to Tell Family that Mom or Dad has Alzheimer’s Disease

(AgingCare, LLC) When an elder is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it doesn't only affect the person receiving the news. It very much affects the lives of family members, friends and especially the person who will be caring for the elder. Life is going to drastically change for that person. As a caregiver, once you educate yourself about the … [Read More...]

Caregiving and the Holidays: from Stress to Success!

(Family Caregiver Alliance) For many caregivers the holiday season gives rise to stress, frustration and anger, instead of peace and good will. Caregivers may feel resentful towards other family members who they feel have not offered enough assistance. Managing care for someone who has a cognitive impairment may leave caregivers feeling that they … [Read More...]

Why Do So Many People with Alzheimer’s Disease Appear to be Seeing Things Incorrectly?

(Alzheimer's Society) Alzheimer's disease (AD) is often (but mistakenly) defined as simply a memory or cognitive disorder, but the true picture is more complicated. Alzheimer's disease is more accurately described as a visual-perceptual-cognitive disorder. Failing to understand the complexities of the illness can lead to many misunderstandings … [Read More...]

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SCIENCE CORNER

Nonclinical Factors May Affect Whether Intensive Procedures are Used at End of Life

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Nov 6. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13104. [Epub ahead of print] Factors Influencing the Use of Intensive Procedures at the End of Life. Tschirhart EC1, Du Q, Kelley AS. In a study that looked at what factors might affect whether or not a patient receives intensive medical procedures in the last 6 months of life, … [Read More...]

Results of 2-year Vitamin B Treatment on Cognitive Performance

Neurology. 2014 Nov 12. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001050. [Epub ahead of print] Results of 2-year vitamin B treatment on cognitive performance: Secondary data from an RCT. van der Zwaluw NL1, Dhonukshe-Rutten RA2, van Wijngaarden JP1, Brouwer-Brolsma EM1, van de Rest O1, In 't Veld PH1, Enneman AW1, van Dijk SC1, Ham AC1, Swart KM1, van der … [Read More...]

Factors Affecting Dementia Prevalence in People Aged 60 or Over

J Korean Acad Nurs. 2014 Aug;44(4):391-7. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2014.44.4.391. Factors affecting dementia prevalence in people aged 60 or over: a community based cross-sectional study. Kim SM1, Seo HJ2, Sung MR3. Author information Abstract Purpose This study was done to examine the association between body mass index (BMI) and any type of … [Read More...]

Effects of Exercise Programs for People with Dementia

Sao Paulo Med J. 2014;132(3):195-6. Exercise programs for people with dementia. Forbes D, Thiessen EJ, Blake CM, Forbes SS, Forbes S. Abstract Background This is an update of our previous 2008 review. Several recent trials and systematic reviews of the impact of exercise on people with dementia are reporting promising … [Read More...]

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