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People with Down Syndrome are Pioneers in Alzheimer’s Research

(NPR) When researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to an experimental Alzheimer’s drug last year, they sought help from an unlikely group: people with Down syndrome. “I had a CAT scan on my head, and I was in a special machine. It’s called an MRI,” says Justin McCowan, 39, whose parents drove […]

DAILY NEWS

Increased Risk of Stroke in People with Cognitive Impairment

(Canadian Medical Association Journal) People with cognitive impairment are significantly more likely to have a stroke, with a 39% increased risk, than people with normal cognitive function, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Given the projected substantial rise in the number of older people around the world, prevalence rates […]

Yoga in Your 50s, 60s and 70s — and Beyond

(AARP) Stop stress, boost bone health and lose weight with these easy poses from the American Association of Retired Persons. Thirty-five years ago, cardiologist Dean Ornish, M.D., made headlines with his claim that yoga and meditation, when combined with improvements in diet and exercise habits, could reverse heart disease. Since then, research into the health […]

Mindfulness Training for Memory Impaired, Their Caregivers

(Northwestern University) Mindfulness training for individuals with early-stage dementia and their caregivers together in the same class was beneficial for both groups, easing depression and improving sleep and quality of life, reports new Northwestern Medicine study. “The disease is challenging for the affected person, family members and caregivers,” said study lead author Ken Paller, professor […]

Is it Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia with Lewy Bodies?

(BrightFocus Foundation) The most common cause of Major Neurocognitive Disorder (the new term for what physicians had previously called dementia) is Alzheimer’s disease (AD); only about one third of older adults with dementia have a different condition. How Common is Lewy Body Dementia? After AD, Lewy body dementia (LBD) or dementia with Lewy bodies is […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Getting Help with Home Care

(National Institutes of Health) Most people with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for at home by family members. Within families, caregiving is provided most often by wives and husbands, followed by daughters. As Alzheimer’s disease gets worse, the person will need more and more care. Because of this, you will need more help. It's okay to seek help … [Read More...]

Elders Can be Adept at Covering Memory Problems

(ElderCarelink) "They finish each other's sentences." How often have you heard that said about a happily married couple? This is generally considered a tribute to their harmony. However, when long married couples do this automatically, it can gradually expand into filling in for memory gaps and even doing tasks the other spouse forgets or can no … [Read More...]

Giving Alzheimer’s Patients Their Way, Even Chocolate

(The New York Times Company) Margaret Nance was, to put it mildly, a difficult case. Agitated, combative, often reluctant to eat, she would hit staff members and fellow residents at nursing homes, several of which kicked her out. But when Beatitudes nursing home agreed to an urgent plea to accept her, all that changed. Margaret Nance with the doll … [Read More...]

Jumbo List of Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tip Sheets and Resources

(National Institute of Health) Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease is physically, emotionally, and financially challenging . The demands of day-to-day care, changing family roles, and difficult decisions about placement in a care facility can be hard to handle. Researchers have learned much about Alzheimer’s caregiving, and studies are … [Read More...]

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SCIENCE CORNER

Primary Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease: Is It an Attainable Goal?

J Korean Med Sci. Jul 2014; 29(7): 886–892. Published online Jul 11, 2014. doi:  10.3346/jkms.2014.29.7.886 Primary Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease: Is It an Attainable Goal? Jee-Young Han1 and Seol-Heui Han2,3 Author information Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia, and the most prevalent … [Read More...]

Self-awareness in Neurodegenerative Disease

Brain. 2014 Aug;137(Pt 8):2368-81. doi: 10.1093/brain/awu161. Epub 2014 Jun 20. Self-awareness in neurodegenerative disease relies on neural structures mediating reward-driven attention. Shany-Ur T1, Lin N2, Rosen HJ2, Sollberger M3, Miller BL2, Rankin KP4. Author information Abstract Accurate self-awareness is essential for adapting … [Read More...]

Associations Between Serum Cholesterol Levels and Alzheimer’s Disease

JAMA Neurol. 2013;():. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.5390 Associations Between Serum Cholesterol Levels and Cerebral Amyloidosis.  Reed B, Villeneuve S, Mack W, DeCarli C, Chui HC, Jagust W. Abstract Importance Because deposition of cerebral β-amyloid (Aβ) seems to be a key initiating event in Alzheimer disease (AD), factors associated … [Read More...]

Obesity Associated with Risk of Dementia but Varies with Age

Postgrad Med J doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2014-132571 Published Online First 20 August 2014 Age at obesity and association with subsequent dementia: record linkage study Clare J Wotton, Michael J Goldacre Abstract Objective Obesity in mid-life may increase the risk of subsequent dementia. Our objective was to study this risk, focusing on … [Read More...]

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