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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

Best Way to Combat Alzheimer’s is a Healthy Lifestyle

(USAToday) Lifestyle choices remain the best way to prevent and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s, according to another failed drug trial and a five-day-long international conference. Living a healthy, non-smoking, socially active and interesting life remains the best way to prevent dementia, confirmed several studies at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, which is just ending in … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Japanese City Takes Community Approach to Dealing with Dementia

(NPR.org) Early mornings are routine for 69-year-old Hiroyuko Yamamoto. He's typically at a busy intersection in the city of Matsudo, near Tokyo, where he volunteers as a school crossing guard. But one rainy morning a little over a year ago, an old woman caught his attention. Hiroyuko Yamamoto, a crossing guard in Matsudo, Japan, has been trained in how to recognize and gently approach … [Read More...]

Science Behind the Headlines: Alzheimer’s and Coconut Oil

(Alzheimer's Society) There have been some claims that coconut oil could be used as a treatment, or even a cure, for Alzheimer's disease. However, there is currently not enough experimental evidence to back up these claims. The claim is based on the theory that the neurones (nerve cells) in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease are unable to use glucose to produce energy properly and … [Read More...]

New Mechanism Discovered for Alzheimer’s Risk Gene

(Salk Institute) Salk scientists reveal why people with the ApoE4 gene are more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease For decades, scientists have known that people with two copies of a gene called apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) are much more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease at age 65 than the rest of the population. Now, researchers at the Salk Institute have identified a new connection between … [Read More...]

World’s Most in Depth Study to Detect Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

(Medical Research Council) A new multimillion pound study, which will see the most thorough and rigorous series of tests to detect Alzheimer’s disease ever performed on volunteers, is announced today.  The Deep and Frequent Phenotyping study is funded by the National Institute of Health Research and the MRC and hopes to dramatically improve the success rate of clinical trials for treatments in … [Read More...]

Cartoons Offer an Important Message for Alzheimer’s Carers

(Alzheimer's Australia) A new animated series created by the University of Sydney and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW uses cartoons to deliver a serious message about how to care for loved ones with dementia. The cartoons for carers, called ‘CareToons’, are designed to help carers manage issues related to behavioural change which is estimated to effect between 60 and 90 per cent of people with … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Alzheimer’s Disease and Practical Tips for Daily Life

(UCSF Memory and Aging Center) Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease?  Here are some practical tips from the UCSF Memory and Aging Center that can really help. First and foremost, do your best to: Facilitate their performance. Keep the person as active as possible. Focus on their abilities. Avoid distress between you … [Read More...]

Where to Find Respite: Resources for Caregivers

(AgingCare.com) We love them, that is why we care for them, even if it means we are on call or on duty every hour of every day. Even if it means sacrifice beyond what we imagined when we said, "Yes, of course." We would not have it any other way. Knowing we can be there when they need us is reward enough. In a perfect world, that is all true. … [Read More...]

Preventing Caregiver Burnout: Tips and Support for the Family Caregiver

(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...]

Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan: Week 1

We all know the benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Why not get started this week? Check out these delicious recipes from Good Housekeeping. Next week, I'll post recipes for Week 2. Have fun. ~ Jennifer (Good Housekeeping) Take advantage of the season's plentiful produce and enjoy this diet rich in antioxidants and unsaturated fats. You can … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Ideal Cardiovascular Health and Cognitive Aging

J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Mar 16;5(3):e002731. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.115.002731. Ideal Cardiovascular Health and Cognitive Aging in the Northern Manhattan Study. Gardener H1, Wright CB2, Dong C3, Cheung K4, DeRosa J5, Nannery M3, Stern Y5, Elkind MS6, Sacco RL2. Abstract Background The American … [Read More...]

Leisure-time Physical Activity Associates with Cognitive Decline

Neurology. 2016 May 17;86(20):1897-903. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002582. Epub 2016 Mar 23. Leisure-time physical activity associates with cognitive decline: The Northern Manhattan Study. Willey JZ1, Gardener H1, Caunca MR1, Moon YP1, Dong C1, Cheung YK1, Sacco RL1, Elkind MS1, Wright … [Read More...]

Physical Activity, Diet, and Risk of Alzheimer Disease

JAMA. 2009 Aug 12;302(6):627-37. doi: 10.1001/jama.2009.1144. Physical activity, diet, and risk of Alzheimer disease. Scarmeas N1, Luchsinger JA, Schupf N, Brickman AM, Cosentino S, Tang MX, Stern Y. Abstract Context Both higher adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet and more physical … [Read More...]

Healthy Lifestyles Reduce the Incidence of Chronic Diseases and Dementia

PLoS One. 2013 Dec 9;8(12):e81877. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081877. eCollection 2013. Healthy lifestyles reduce the incidence of chronic diseases and dementia: evidence from the Caerphilly cohort study. Elwood P1, Galante J1, Pickering J1, Palmer S1, Bayer A1, Ben-Shlomo Y2, Longley M3, … [Read More...]