IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Seven Steps to Keep Your Brain Healthy from Childhood to Old Age

(American Heart Association) A healthy lifestyle benefits your brain as much as the rest of your body -- and may lessen the risk of cognitive decline (a loss of the ability to think well) as you age, according to a new advisory from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Both the heart and brain need adequate blood flow, but in many people, blood vessels slowly become … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Thinking ‘Out-Of-The-Box’ May Build a Better Brain and Prevent Dementia

(Florida Atlantic University) More than 5 million Americans today are affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD). If nothing is done to stop this upward trajectory, there will be more than 16 million people with AD in the United States and more than 60 million people with AD worldwide by 2050. In the past 25 years, only five symptomatic medications for AD have met their primary clinical endpoints in … [Read More...]

Both High, Low Levels of Magnesium in Blood Linked to Risk of Dementia

(American Academy of Neurology) People with both high and low levels of magnesium in their blood may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a study published in the September 20, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "These results need to be confirmed with additional studies, but the results are intriguing," said study … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Disease: When Does Personality Start to Change?

(MedicalNewsToday) A new study recently published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry investigates whether or not changes in personality precede the onset of mild cognitive impairment or dementia. The researchers - who were jointly led by Antonio Terracciano and Angelina Sutin, both associate professors at Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee - investigated dementia-related … [Read More...]

Dancing May Help to Combat Brain Aging

(MedicalNewsToday) Get your dancing shoes on - your brain will thank you for it. This is the take-away message from a new study, which found that physical activity in later life - particularly dancing - can help to reverse the signs of brain aging. As we age, a number of brain changes occur, including a decrease in brain tissue, a reduction in blood flow, and a decline in communication between … [Read More...]

How to Get Your Prescription Drugs During a Disaster

(AARP) Thousands of people rescued from rooftops and plucked from rising water during Hurricane Harvey had to leave everything behind. For many, prescription drugs were among the items they abandoned. The same may happen to those fleeing Hurricane Irma. Missing days of essential medicine can pose a health threat and adds to the sense of panic people feel during such emergencies — especially … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Do You Know About These Free Online Tools from the Alzheimer’s Association?

(Alzheimer's Association) A diagnosis of Alzheimer's raises many questions. The Alzheimer's Association has several free, online tools to help you find answers, local resources and support. Alzheimer's Navigator® Alzheimer's Navigator is an innovative online tool designed for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, their families and … [Read More...]

Sharing an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: Tips for Caregivers

(Mayo Clinic) When a loved one develops Alzheimer's, knowing how and when to open up about it can be difficult. Follow these family caregiving tips for sharing an Alzheimer's diagnosis. If you're caring for a loved one who's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, you might wonder whether and how to tell loved ones and friends. If your loved … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

(Alzheimer's Society) Friends, family and other people close to a person with dementia may experience feelings of grief, and similar emotions related to loss and bereavement. These feelings can occur from the point of diagnosis through to the person's death, and beyond. They may even occur before the diagnosis, as symptoms start to … [Read More...]

Caregiving at Home: A Guide to Community Resources

(Family Caregiver Alliance) The diagnosis of a dementing illness or disabling health condition marks a new stage in your life and your family’s life. Important decisions about care arise, along with uncertainty and anxiety. Some choices might need to be made right away. Others lie ahead. If you’re caring for someone at home, you may be helping … [Read More...]

Caregiver Stress Relief Guide: Quick Tips for When You’re Short on Time

(HelpGuide) Sometimes just thinking about embarking on a program of stress control can be stressful. Rather than freeze in your tracks, start small and bask in the glow of your successes. Give yourself a week to focus on practical solutions that could help you cope with just one stumbling block or source of stress in your life. Pick a problem, and … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease: Lessons Learned and Applied

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Aug 2. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14997. [Epub ahead of print] Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease: Lessons Learned and Applied. Galvin JE1. Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) affects more than 5 million Americans, with substantial consequences for individuals with AD, families, and society in terms of morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. With disease-modifying treatment trials unsuccessful at the … [Read More...]

Personality Change in the Preclinical Phase of Alzheimer Disease

JAMA Psychiatry. Published online September 20, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.2816 Personality Change in the Preclinical Phase of Alzheimer Disease Antonio Terracciano, PhD1,2; Yang An, MS2; Angelina R. Sutin, PhD1,2; et al Key Points Question  Do changes in personality traits occur before the onset of mild cognitive impairment or clinical dementia? Findings  In a cohort study that followed up 2046 older adults … [Read More...]

Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease: Lessons Learned and Applied

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Aug 2. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14997. [Epub ahead of print] Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease: Lessons Learned and Applied. Galvin JE Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) affects more than 5 million Americans, with substantial consequences for individuals with AD, families, and society in terms of morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. With disease-modifying treatment trials unsuccessful at the … [Read More...]

Dietary and Lifestyle Guidelines for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Sep;35 Suppl 2:S74-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.03.033. Epub 2014 May 14. Dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Barnard ND1, Bush AI2, Ceccarelli A3, Cooper J4, de Jager CA5, Erickson KI6, Fraser G7, Kesler S8, Levin SM9, Lucey B10, Morris MC11, Squitti R12. Abstract Risk of developing Alzheimer's disease is increased by older age, genetic factors, … [Read More...]