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Early Identification of Modifiable Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline

(American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Signs of cognitive decline related to aging populations, and even the severe cognitive losses seen in Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders, may emerge many years earlier, according to a report presented today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting in Phoenix (Arizona). The study suggests that early signs of cognitive […]


Sleep Disturbance Linked to Amyloid in Brain Areas Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease

(American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Healthy, elderly research participants who report being more sleepy and less rested have higher levels of amyloid deposition in regions of the brain that are affected in Alzheimer’s disease, according to a report presented today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting in Phoenix (Arizona). If sleep disturbance is a […]

Viagra-like Drug Could Double as Dementia Treatment

(Alzheimer’s Society UK)  A commonly prescribed drug used to treat men with erectile problems could become the next treatment for dementia, according to Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). Tadalafil – part of the same class of drugs as Viagra – is to be one of the drugs investigated in new research funded […]

Never Too Young: Seeking an Early Test for Alzheimer’s

(NBC News) With no effective treatment yet known, a small community of researchers is searching for ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease — and to do that, they’re working on tests that could detect the brain-ravaging condition years, even decades, before its symptoms show up. And time is running out: More than 5 million Americans currently have […]

Researchers at Mainz University Explore New Approach for Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

(Universität Mainz) It is estimated that about 35 million people worldwide currently suffer from dementia and it is expected that the number will increase to 135 million by the year 2050. The disease is already one of the most common health problems in the elderly, which is why experts predict that the numbers of people […]

Treating Alzheimer’s Before It Becomes Alzheimer’s

(BrightFocus Foundation) This week, at a meeting in Bethesda, MD, a group of experts pondered what works to measure “clinical meaningfulness” in drug development for early Alzheimer’s disease. This is good news, and indicates that more clinical trials for disease-modifying drugs may be on the horizon. These drugs are targeted towards Alzheimer’s at its very […]


Keeping the Happy in Holidays for Families Living with Alzheimer’s

(Alzheimer's Association) For families living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the holidays can sometimes be less than happy and instead filled with anxiety and stress. When adult children travel to visit older parents there are often changes that have been occurring over the time apart. Things like short term memory may be the first … [Read More...]

Holiday Gift Ideas for People with Alzheimer’s and Caregivers

(Alzheimer's Association) If you have a caregiver or a person with Alzheimer's on your gift-giving list, we've got some suggestions to make your shopping a bit easier. Gifts for People with Alzheimer's In the early stages Items to help remember things magnetic reminder refrigerator pads Post-It notes baskets or trays that can be … [Read More...]

Caregivers, Take Good Care of Yourself During Holidays

(Mayo Clinic with Angela Lunde) With the holiday season well under way, you can find a great deal of information on the web about ways to manage the season when you have a loved one with dementia, including on this site. The truth though is that many of us enter the holiday season with a mixed bag of memories and emotions. Rituals, familiar food … [Read More...]

Perfect Gifts for Seniors Living in Assisted Living Facilities

(Ezine) It's no secret that finding the perfect gift for a senior citizen is a bit difficult, but shopping for a present for someone living in an assisted living facility is a little more tedious. Individuals in long-term care facilities may not need much more than the everyday necessities. However, when it comes birthdays or Christmas presents, … [Read More...]

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Early Adult to Midlife Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Cognitive Function

Circulation. 2014 Apr 15;129(15):1560-7. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.004798. Epub 2014 Mar 31. Early adult to midlife cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive function. Yaffe K1, Vittinghoff E, Pletcher MJ, Hoang TD, Launer LJ, Whitmer R, Coker LH, Sidney S. Author information Abstract Background Studies have linked midlife and … [Read More...]

Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Future Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

BMC Med. 2014 Nov 11;12:130. doi: 10.1186/s12916-014-0130-5. Cardiovascular risk factors and future risk of Alzheimer's disease. de Bruijn RF, Ikram MA1. Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in elderly people, but there are still no curative options. Senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are … [Read More...]

Body Mass Index and Late-Life Dementia

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014;38(1):201-9. doi: 10.3233/JAD-130698. Midlife and late-life body mass index and late-life dementia: results from a prospective population-based cohort. Tolppanen AM1, Ngandu T, Kåreholt I, Laatikainen T, Rusanen M, Soininen H, Kivipelto M. Abstract Background Obesity has been consistently associated with dementia. … [Read More...]

MP3 Players Support Family Carers of People Living with Dementia at Home

Int Psychogeriatr. 2014 Sep 23:1-9. [Epub ahead of print] A study of the effectiveness of MP3 players to support family carers of people living with dementia at home. Lewis V1, Bauer M2, Winbolt M2, Chenco C2, Hanley F1. Author information  Abstract Background Music can be therapeutic to people with dementia; however, little is known … [Read More...]

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