DementiaToday posts scientific news and professional views on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias from the global research community. We hope to promote better health care through education, provide support to caregivers and loved ones who live with these diseases everyday, and thank the many individuals around the world who are dedicated to neurological research and […]


Dementia Study Lists Everyday Factors That May Influence Risk

(University of Edinburgh) Experts have created a shortlist of environmental factors that may contribute to our risk of developing dementia. The list includes exposure to air pollution and a lack of vitamin D but researchers caution that the evidence is not yet sufficient to draw solid conclusions. The team say that future research should focus on their shortlist, which points to the factors … [Read More...]


Global Rise in Total AD Cases Dwarfs Falling Age-Standardized Rate

(AlzForum) As populations age around the world, the number of deaths due to Alzheimer’s and other dementias is up almost 40 percent since 2005, according to the latest figures in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2015. An Interactive Tool: The GBD Compare tool allows users to query global causes of mortality and morbidity by age, sex, and region. Here, more deaths from dementias … [Read More...]

High Blood Pressure and Brain Health are Linked

(American Heart Association) High blood pressure, especially in middle age, is associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association. The statement, which was published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, reviewed multiple studies and provides an overview of what is currently known about how … [Read More...]

Treatment Approach used in Cancer Holds Promise for Alzheimer’s Disease

(Lancaster University) Researchers have developed a novel treatment that could block the development of Alzheimer’s disease using microscopic droplets of fat to carry drugs into the brain. This treatment approach, which is used to target drugs to cancer cells, has been successfully applied to Alzheimer’s disease for the first time, restoring memory loss in mice. The study, which was led by … [Read More...]

Exercise May Help Ward Off Memory Decline

(American Academy of Neurology) Exercise may be associated with a small benefit for elderly people who already have memory and thinking problems, according to new research published in the October 19, 2016, online issue of Neurology, a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The research involved people with vascular cognitive impairment, which is the second most common cause of … [Read More...]

Study Reveals Potential New Strategy to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

(Baylor College of Medicine) Taking a pill that prevents the accumulation of toxic molecules in the brain might someday help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease, according to scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The study, published today in Cell Press journal Neuron, took a three-pronged approach to help subdue … [Read More...]


Dementia and Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help

(National Institutes of Health) Maria has been a teacher for 35 years. Teaching fills her life and gives her a sense of accomplishment, but recently she has begun to forget details and has become more and more disorganized. At first, she laughed it off, but her memory problems have worsened. Her family and friends have been sympathetic but are … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Disease and Creating a Daily Plan

(Alzheimer's Association) Daily routines can be helpful for both you — the caregiver — and the person with Alzheimer's. A planned day allows you to spend less time trying to figure out what to do, and more time on activities that provide meaning and enjoyment. Organizing the Day A person with Alzheimer's or other progressive dementia will … [Read More...]

Why Do People Die from Alzheimer’s Disease?

(AgingCare.com) Dear Readers: I recently went out for coffee with a friend of mine. She wanted to know if people can actually die from Alzheimer's disease. I told her that Alzheimer's is fatal; there is no cure. In late stages of the disease, it affects brain and body functions which leads to death. Here is a definitive answer from Dr. Maurizio … [Read More...]

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s: When Symptoms Begin Before Age 65

(Mayo Clinic) When Alzheimer's begins in middle age, misdiagnosis may be more likely. This rare form of Alzheimer's affects work, finances and family. Early-onset Alzheimer's is an uncommon form of dementia that strikes people younger than age 65. Glenn E. Smith, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., answers questions … [Read More...]


Environmental Risk Factors for Dementia: a Systematic Review

BMC Geriatr. 2016 Oct 12;16(1):175. Environmental risk factors for dementia: a systematic review. Killin LO, Starr JM, Shiue IJ, Russ TC Abstract Background Dementia risk reduction is a major and growing public health priority. While certain modifiable risk factors for dementiahave been … [Read More...]

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for the Treatment of Dementia

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Apr 11;4:CD009002. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009002.pub3. Omega-3 fatty acids for the treatment of dementia. Burckhardt M1, Herke M, Wustmann T, Watzke S, Langer G, Fink A. Abstract Background Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 PUFAs) from fish and … [Read More...]

Effect of Aerobic Exercise on Physical Performance in Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimers Dement. 2016 Jun 23. pii: S1552-5260(15)30002-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2016.05.004. [Epub ahead of print] Effect of aerobic exercise on physical performance in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Sobol NA1, Hoffmann K2, Frederiksen KS2, Vogel A3, Vestergaard K4, Brændgaard H5, Gottrup … [Read More...]

Relationships Between Caffeine Intake and Risk for Probable Dementia or Global Cognitive Impairment

J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Sep 27. pii: glw078. [Epub ahead of print] Relationships Between Caffeine Intake and Risk for Probable Dementia or Global Cognitive Impairment: The Women's Health Initiative Memory Study. Driscoll I1, Shumaker SA2, Snively BM3, Margolis KL4, Manson JE5, … [Read More...]