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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

Smell and Eye Tests for Detection of Memory Decline and Dementia

(Alzheimer's Association International Conference) The potential of odor identification testing and physical changes in and around the eye to detect cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage was bolstered by new evidence from four studies presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2016. Two studies evaluated changes in odor identification … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Researchers Successfully Decrease Use of Antipsychotics in Dementia Care

(Alzheimer's Association International Conference) Australian researchers today presented results from an innovative project where they dramatically reduced the use of antipsychotic medicines to treat the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Results were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2016 in Toronto. The Halting Antipsychotic use … [Read More...]

Men Receive Dementia-related Misdiagnosis More Often Than Women

(Alzheimer's Association International Conference) Among the 5.2 million Americans age 65 or older with Alzheimer's disease, nearly two-thirds (3.3 million) are women. However, new data presented today at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2016 (AAIC 2016) in Toronto, suggests a high number of men are not accurately diagnosed during their lifetime. In addition, the investigators … [Read More...]

Link Found Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Late-Life Parkinson’s, but Not Alzheimer’s Disease

(Mount Sinai Health System) Traumatic brain injury (TBI) with a loss of consciousness (LOC) may be associated with later development of Parkinson’s disease but not Alzheimer’s disease or incident dementia, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of Washington School of Medicine. The research, published today in JAMA Neurology, contradicts … [Read More...]

Antibiotics Weaken Alzheimer’s Disease Progression Through Changes in Gut Microbiome

(University of Chicago Medical Center) Long-term treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics decreased levels of amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, and activated inflammatory microglial cells in the brains of mice in a new study by neuroscientists from the University of Chicago. The study, published July 21, 2016, in Scientific Reports, also showed significant changes in the gut … [Read More...]

Deep Brain Stimulation Continues to Show Promise with Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

(Journal of Alzheimer's Disease) New findings published today by a team of researchers led by Dr. Andres Lozano at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre (KNC) of Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) have provided further insight into the effects of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Forty-two patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease were enrolled in a randomized, … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Alzheimer’s Disease and Planning for Care

(UCSF Memory and Aging Center) The first step in planning care is getting an accurate diagnosis. Diagnosis Seek out a dementia clinic at a university hospital or ask your doctor to refer you to a neurologist with expertise in dementia and neurodegenerative disease. Educate Yourself Learn what you can about dementia and neurodegenerative … [Read More...]

Avoiding Burnout: A Must-Have Skill for Caregivers

(HelpGuide.org) Outside the world of paid work, the people most prone to burnout are caregivers – people who devote themselves to the unpaid care of chronically ill or disabled family members. The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel you have little control over the situation or that you’re in over your head. If you … [Read More...]

“How Can I Get Paid for Taking Care of My Elderly Parents?”

(AgingCare.com with Marlo Sollitto) What is the number one question caregivers ask in the AgingCare.com Support Groups? "How do I get paid for caregiving?" Unfortunately, there's no cut-and-dry answer. Programs and assistance vary widely by state and individual circumstances. But we hope to provide our caregivers with some options and programs to … [Read More...]

Helping Family and Friends Understand Alzheimer’s Disease

(NIH) When you learn that someone has Alzheimer’s disease, you may wonder when and how to tell your family and friends. You may be worried about how others will react to or treat the person. Realize that family and friends often sense that something is wrong before they are told. Alzheimer’s disease is hard to keep secret. There’s no single … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Effect of Two Exercise Programs on Activities of Daily Living in Individuals with Dementia

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Jun;64(6):1258-66. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14160. Comparison of Effect of Two Exercise Programs on Activities of Daily Living in Individuals with Dementia: A 9-Week Randomized, Controlled Trial. Bossers WJ1, van der Woude LH1,2, Boersma F3, Hortobágyi T1, Scherder EJ1,4, van … [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 … [Read More...]

Evidence on Modifiable Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline and Dementia

Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Jun;11(6):718-26. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2015.05.016. Epub 2015 Jun 1. Summary of the evidence on modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia: A population-based perspective. Baumgart M1, Snyder HM2, Carrillo MC3, Fazio S4, Kim H1, Johns H5. Abstract An … [Read More...]

Chocolate Consumption is Associated with a Lower Risk of Cognitive Decline

J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 May 6. [Epub ahead of print] Chocolate Consumption is Associated with a Lower Risk of Cognitive Decline. Moreira A1, Diógenes MJ1, de Mendonça A1,2, Lunet N3,4, Barros H3,4. Abstract Cocoa-related products like chocolate have taken an important place in our food habits … [Read More...]