IN THE SPOTLIGHT

RAISE Family Caregivers Act Signed into Law

(Alzheimer's Association) The Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM), the Association's advocacy arm, celebrate the passage of the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. Signed into law this week by the president, the RAISE Family Caregivers Act will address the needs of our nation's family caregivers through the … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Immune System Dysfunction May Occur early in Alzheimer’s Disease

(IOS Press) Study offers new insights into how brain and rest of body communicate. An association between inflammation biomarkers in both blood plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and markers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) associated pathology, has been found by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus working with the University of Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research … [Read More...]

Brain Pacemaker Shows Promise in Slowing Decline of Alzheimer’s

(The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) While most treatments for Alzheimer's disease focus on improving memory, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a study aimed at slowing the decline of problem-solving and decision-making skills in these patients. For the first time ever, thin electrical wires were surgically implanted into the frontal lobes … [Read More...]

Alcohol and Dementia: A Complicated Relationship

(BrightFocus Foundation) The role of alcohol use as a risk factor for dementia is complicated. At different times, alcohol has been seen as protective, harmful, or incidental to the risk of dementia. Each of these views is partially correct, and the entire story is not yet fully known. This article discusses some of what we do know. Terry* was a heavy drinker for most of his life. He started with … [Read More...]

MIND Diet May Slow Cognitive Decline in Stroke Survivors

(Rush University Medical Center) Study results presented at the American Stroke Association International Conference. A diet created by researchers at Rush University Medical Center may help substantially slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors, according to preliminary research presented on Jan. 25 at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018 in Los Angeles. The … [Read More...]

Aerobic Exercise May Mildly Delay, Slightly Improve Alzheimer’s Symptoms

(American Geriatrics Society) Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills over time. It is the most common form of dementia in older adults. There is presently no cure for the condition, though treatment options are available. Today, some 5.3 million Americans live with AD, and it is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The number of … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Tips for Managing Common Symptoms and Problems in Dementia Patients

(HelpGuide) As a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it can be extremely worrying to experience behavior problems such as wandering, aggressiveness, hallucinations, or sleeping and eating difficulties. Many behavior problems are made worse by a poor environment and an inability to deal with stress. By learning how to make … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Quick Tips: Making Mealtimes Easier

(Mayo Clinic) Alzheimer's disease and eating challenges often go hand in hand. As Alzheimer's progresses, poor nutrition can aggravate confusion and lead to physical weakness, as well as increase the risk of infection and other health concerns. If you're caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's, understand what causes eating problems and how … [Read More...]

Managing Medicines for a Person with Alzheimer’s

(National Institutes of Health) People with Alzheimer’s disease may take medicines to treat the disease itself, mood or behavior changes, and other medical conditions. Caregivers can ensure that medicines are taken safely and correctly. Here are some tips to help you manage medications for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn the Basics Know … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s and Sleep Problems

(WebMD.com) People with Alzheimer’s disease go through many changes, and sleep problems are often some of the most noticeable. Most adults have changes in their sleep patterns as they age. But the problems are more severe and happen more often for people with Alzheimer’s. You might notice that your loved one: Sleeps a lot more than … [Read More...]

Advance Care Planning: Healthcare Directives

(NIA) Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make his or her own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, making healthcare plans for the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, even when doctors and family members are … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Can Exercise Improve Cognitive Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease?

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Jan 24. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15241. [Epub ahead of print] Can Exercise Improve Cognitive Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease? A Meta-Analysis. Panza GA, Taylor BA, MacDonald HV, Johnson BT, Zaleski AL, Livingston J, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. Abstract Objectives To examine the effects of exercise training on cognitive function in individuals at risk of or diagnosed with Alzheimer's … [Read More...]

Effect of Aerobic Exercise on Hippocampal Volume in Humans

Neuroimage. 2018 Feb 1;166:230-238. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.11.007. Epub 2017 Nov 4. Effect of aerobic exercise on hippocampal volume in humans: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Firth J, Stubbs B, Vancampfort D, Schuch F, Lagopoulos J, Rosenbaum S, Ward PB. Abstract Hippocampal volume increase in response to aerobic exercise has been consistently observed in animal models. However, the evidence from human … [Read More...]

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 M, 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 M, McCreedy E, Nelson VA, Desai P, Ratner E, Fink HA, Hemmy LS, McCarten JR, Barclay TR, Brasure M, Davila H, Kane RL. Abstract Background Structured activities to stimulate brain function-that is, cognitive training exercises-are promoted to slow or prevent … [Read More...]