IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Sharpest Image of Alzheimer’s Fibrils Shows Previously Unknown Details

(Forschungszentrum Juelich) A team of researchers from Germany and the Netherlands have determined the structure of an amyloid fibril with previously unachieved resolution. The fibrils of the body's own amyloid beta (Aβ) protein are the main constituent of Alzheimer's disease related and characteristic pathological protein deposits in the brain. The atomic-level three-dimensional structure … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

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...]

What Happens to the Brain as We Age?

(MedicalNewsToday) Brain aging is inevitable to some extent, but not uniform; it affects everyone, or every brain, differently. Slowing down brain aging or stopping it altogether would be the ultimate elixir to achieve eternal youth. Is brain aging a slippery slope that we need to accept? Or are there steps we can take to reduce the rate of decline? At around 3 pounds in weight, the human brain … [Read More...]

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...]

Analysis Points to Links Between Toxoplasma Infection and Common Brain Diseases

(University of Chicago Medical Center) More than 2 billion people -- nearly one out of every three humans on earth, including about 60 million people in the United States -- have a lifelong infection with the brain-dwelling parasite Toxoplasma gondii. In the September 13, 2017, issue of Scientific Reports, 32 researchers from 16 institutions describe efforts to learn how infection with this … [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...]

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...]

Home Away from Home: Relocating Your Parents

(Family Caregiver Alliance) As you've watched your parents get older, perhaps you have struggled with situations such as these: You've travelled to visit your mother for the holidays, and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her bills unpaid and her house in disarray. A neighbor has called you to report that your father was wandering in the … [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 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...]

Mediterranean Diet and Cognitive Health

PLoS One. 2017 Aug 1;12(8):e0182048. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182048. eCollection 2017. Mediterranean diet and cognitive health: Initial results from the Hellenic Longitudinal Investigation of Ageing and Diet. Anastasiou CA1,2, Yannakoulia M1, Kosmidis MH3, Dardiotis E4, Hadjigeorgiou GM4, Sakka P5, Arampatzi X3, Bougea A6, Labropoulos I7, Scarmeas N2,8. Abstract BACKGROUND: The Mediterranean dietary pattern has … [Read More...]

Physical Exercise as a Preventive or Disease-Modifying Treatment of Dementia and Brain Aging

Mayo Clin Proc. 2011 Sep;86(9):876-84. doi: 10.4065/mcp.2011.0252. Physical exercise as a preventive or disease-modifying treatment of dementia and brain aging. Ahlskog JE1, Geda YE, Graff-Radford NR, Petersen RC. Abstract A rapidly growing literature strongly suggests that exercise, specifically aerobic exercise, may attenuate cognitive impairment and reduce dementia risk. We used PubMed (keywords exercise and … [Read More...]