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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 Alzheimer’s and dementia […]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Longest Day is June 21: Fight Alzheimer’s from Sunrise to Sunset

About The Longest Day On The Longest Day, teams around the world come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity. Held on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014, this event calls on participants to raise funds and awareness to advance the efforts of the Alzheimer’s […]

DAILY NEWS

Caregiving in the Last Stages of Alzheimer’s

(Alzheimer’s Association) The late stage of Alzheimer’s disease may last from several weeks to several years. As the disease advances, intensive, around-the-clock care is usually required. It’s during this time that many families will make some of the hardest care decisions. Since care needs are extensive during the late stage, they may exceed what you […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Top Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor

(BrightFocus Foundation) Dr. Guy Eakin, Vice President of Scientific Affairs for the BrightFocus Foundation, discusses the top five questions you should ask your doctor regarding your Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Length:02:23 Original Post Date: March 2014 Transcript Dr. Guy Eakin: Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. This terminal progressive brain disorder has no definitive cause […]

Key Chocolate Ingredients Could Help Prevent Obesity, Diabetes

(American Chemical Society) Improved thinking. Decreased appetite. Lowered blood pressure. The potential health benefits of dark chocolate keep piling up, and scientists are now homing in on what ingredients in chocolate might help prevent obesity, as well as type-2 diabetes. They found that one particular type of antioxidant in cocoa prevented laboratory mice from gaining […]

Exercise Keeps Hippocampus Healthy in People at Risk for Alzheimer’s

(University of Maryland) A study of older adults at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease shows that moderate physical activity may protect brain health and stave off shrinkage of the hippocampus – the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation that is attacked first in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. J. Carson Smith, a kinesiology researcher in the University […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Aging Parents: 7 Warning Signs of Health Problems and Taking Action

(Mayo Clinic) Concerned about your aging parents' health? Use this guide to gauge how your aging parents are doing — and what to do if they need help. As your parents get older, how can you be sure they're successfully taking care of themselves and staying healthy? When you visit your aging parents, ask yourself the following questions. Then, if necessary, take steps to help your aging parents … [Read More...]

Caregiving and Depression

(Family Caregiver Alliance) Could the sadness, loneliness or anger you feel today be a warning sign of depression? It’s possible. It is not unusual for caregivers to develop mild or more serious depression as a result of the constant demands they face in providing care. Caregiving does not cause depression, nor will everyone who provides care experience the negative feelings that go with … [Read More...]

Caregiver Label Doesn’t Define You, But Helps Recognize What You Do

(Mayo Clinic) Last week I reconnected with a lovely couple I met a while back, Nick and Marie. It's apparent they've been in a caring relationship with one another for many, many years. Yet, when their doctor recently addressed Marie as caregiver (Nick is living with early stage Alzheimer's), Marie was a bit rattled, stating, "I'm a wife." So I wondered, when does the label caregiver replace … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Alzheimer Disease in 2020

Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2012 Nov 1;2(11). pii: a011585. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a011585. Alzheimer disease in 2020. Holtzman DM1, Mandelkow E, Selkoe DJ. 1Department of Neurology, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri … [Read More...]

Green Tea Extract Enhances Parieto-Frontal Connectivity During Working Memory Processing

Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2014 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print] Green tea extract enhances parieto-frontal connectivity during working memory processing. Schmidt A1, Hammann F, Wölnerhanssen B, Meyer-Gerspach AC, Drewe J, Beglinger C, Borgwardt S. Author information 1Department of … [Read More...]

Souvenaid®: A New Approach to Management of Early Alzheimer’s Disease

J Nutr Health Aging. 2014;18(3):291-9. doi: 10.1007/s12603-013-0411-2. Souvenaid®: a new approach to management of early Alzheimer's disease. Ritchie CW1, Bajwa J, Coleman G, Hope K, Jones RW, Lawton M, Marven M, Passmore P. 1C Ritchie, Department of Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK, … [Read More...]