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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 […]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

New Cases of Dementia in UK Fall by 20% Over Two Decades

(University of Cambridge) The UK has seen a 20% fall in the incidence of dementia over the past two decades, according to new research from England, led by the University of Cambridge, leading to an estimated 40,000 fewer cases of dementia than previously predicted. However, the study, published in Nature Communications, suggests that the dramatic change has been observed mainly in men. Reports … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Problems Finding Your Way Around May Be Earliest Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease

(Washington University in St. Louis) Long before Alzheimer’s disease can be diagnosed clinically, increasing difficulties building cognitive maps of new surroundings may herald the eventual clinical onset of the disorder, finds new research from Washington University in St. Louis. “These findings suggest that navigational tasks designed to assess a cognitive mapping strategy could represent a … [Read More...]

Fructose Alters Hundreds of Brain Genes, Which Can Lead to a Wide Range of Diseases

(UCLA) A range of diseases — from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and from Alzheimer’s disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — are linked to changes to genes in the brain. A new study by UCLA life scientists has found that hundreds of those genes can be damaged by fructose, a sugar that’s common in the Western diet, in a way that could lead to those diseases. However, the … [Read More...]

What is The Key to Healthy Aging? New Gene Study Sheds Light

(MedicalNewsToday) A new study may bring us closer to unlocking the secret to healthy aging, after uncovering an array of genetic variants among healthy, elderly individuals that may protect against Alzheimer's and heart disease. The findings come from the ongoing "Wellderly" study, in which researchers have so far applied whole genome sequencing to the DNA of more than 1,400 healthy … [Read More...]

Early Abnormalities of Alzheimer’s Disease: It Takes 2 (Proteins) to Tango

(McGill University) For years, neuroscientists have puzzled over how two abnormal proteins, called amyloid and tau, accumulate in the brain and damage it to cause Alzheimer's disease (AD). Which one is the driving force behind dementia? The answer: both of them, according to a new study by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. In the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the … [Read More...]

Big Financial Costs are Part of Alzheimer’s Toll on Families

(NPR) First, Alzheimer's takes a person's memory. Then it takes their family's money. That's the central finding of a report published Wednesday by the Alzheimer's Association on the financial burden friends and families bear when they care for someone with dementia. "What we found was really startling," says Beth Kallmyer, vice president of constituent services for the organization. "The … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

10 Real-Life Strategies for Dementia Caregiving

(Family Caregiver Alliance) As caregivers, we often use intuition to help us decide what to do. No one ever gave us lessons on how to relate to someone with memory loss. Unfortunately, dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is counter-intuitive; i.e., often the right thing to do is exactly opposite that which seems like the right … [Read More...]

Mother’s Day is May 8: Gifts for People with Alzheimer’s and Their 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...]

YouTube Channel Helps Family and Professional Caregivers with Alzheimer’s Disease

(Newswise, Inc) People afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have a profound need for harmony and often exhibit behavioral issues when they are experiencing internal chaos. To assist caregivers—both family and professional—with creating an atmosphere of harmony, the staff at the Comprehensive Services on Aging (COPSA) … [Read More...]

Caregiving Help From Tech Breakthroughs

(AARP) These gadgets can make life easier for you and your loved one. Start-ups addressing the health of people 50-plus received $1.3 billion in funding by midyear 2015 alone, according to a recent report. "We have barely scratched the surface of what might be possible," concluded the experts at a 2014 National Alliance for Caregiving roundtable … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Association Between Anticholinergic Medication Use and Cognition, Brain Metabolism, and Brain Atrophy in Older Adults

JAMA Neurol. Published online April 18, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.0580 Association Between Anticholinergic Medication Use and Cognition, Brain Metabolism, and Brain Atrophy in Cognitively Normal Older Adults  Shannon L. Risacher, PhD1,2; Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD, MBA1,2,3; Eileen … [Read More...]

Making Sense of the Relationship between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Feb 27;51(4):961-77. doi: 10.3233/JAD-150980. Unraveling Alzheimer's: Making Sense of the Relationship between Diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease Schilling MA. Abstract Numerous studies have documented a strong association between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease (AD). … [Read More...]

Impact of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Memory Functions in Healthy Older Adults

J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Feb 10;51(3):713-25. doi: 10.3233/JAD-150886. Impact of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Memory Functions in Healthy Older Adults. Külzow N1,2, Witte AV3, Kerti L4, Grittner U5, Schuchardt JP6, Hahn A6, Flöel A1,2,4. Abstract As the process of Alzheimer's disease … [Read More...]

Relationships between Caloric Expenditure and Gray Matter in Cardiovascular Health Study

J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Mar 11. [Epub ahead of print] Longitudinal Relationships between Caloric Expenditure and Gray Matter in the Cardiovascular Health Study. Raji CA1, Merrill DA2, Eyre H3,4, Mallam S3, Torosyan N3, Erickson KI5, Lopez OL6, Becker JT5,6,7, Carmichael OT8, Gach HM9, Thompson … [Read More...]