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Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging
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Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has recently issued a tipsheet for Alzheimer's caregivers on Coping with Agitation and Aggression. As the tipsheet points out, agitation and aggressive behavior ar...

Alzheimer's Disease Deaths Increase Significantly Over Last Decade
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Alzheimer's Disease Deaths Increase Significantly Over Last Decade

New statistics released on Tuesday, March 19, from both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer's Association have found that both the risk of dying from Alzheimer's Disease and the actual number of Alzheimer's death...

Strength Training & Walking Improve Brain & Memory, New Studies Find
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Strength Training & Walking Improve Brain & Memory, New Studies Find

Four new studies presented on Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference taking place in Vancouver, Canada, have clarified the key role that different types of exercises can play in improving mental functioning in older adults and s...

Obama Administration Releases New National Plan to Fight Alzheimer's
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Obama Administration Releases New National Plan to Fight Alzheimer's

On May 15, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius released the final version of the first comprehensive National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, which has been under development pursuant to the National Alzheimer’s...

Fitness Lowers Odds of Death from Dementia, Study Finds
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Fitness Lowers Odds of Death from Dementia, Study Finds

A recently published study has found that when approximately 60,000 adults were tested and ranked -- as high, middle or low -- for their level of cardiorespiratory fitness, those with medium or high levels of fitness had less than half the risk of dyin...

Alzheimer's Spreads in the Brain like a Virus, New Study Finds
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Alzheimer's Spreads in the Brain like a Virus, New Study Finds

A new study published on February 1 in the journal PosS One has found that Alzheimer's Disease spreads throughout the brain through a distorted protein known as Tau jumping from one cell to another, like a virus. Previously, scientists had known tha...

Johns Hopkins Releases 2012 Memory White Paper
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Johns Hopkins Releases 2012 Memory White Paper

Johns Hopkins has released the updated 2012 Edition of the Johns Hopkins Memory White Paper. According to a recent Johns Hopkins Health Alert, the Johns Hopkins Memory White Paper compiles in simple language for consumers some of the best and latest ...

Table Tennis Therapy
Posted by Senior Editor

The Sport and Art Educational Foundation founded the Alzheimer's and Dementia Table Tennis Program in 2007. Considered to be one of the world's best brain sports, table tennis is now recommended as a method of warding off Alzheimer's and assisting in...

Fitness protects brain in Alzheimer's patients
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Fitness protects brain in Alzheimer's patients, Reuters, UK. A study cited at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s in Chicago, found that early Alzheimer’s patients who exercised regularly experienced less mental decline in the parts of t...

Alzheimer's Disease - Treatment
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By the Mayo Clinic. Good introductory discussion of how Alzheimer's is treated, once diagnosed.

Alzheimer's Disease - Exercise and Nutrition
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By the Cleveland Clinic: Exercise and Alzheimer's Disease: Read more...

Alzheimer's Disease - Treatment
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Alzheimer's Disease Treatments - by Cleveland Clinic. A discussion of the medicines typically used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's and to attempt to slow the progression of the disease.

Treatments
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Treatments, by the Alzheimer’s Association. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer's Disease, but drug and non-drug treatments may help with cognitive and behavioral symptoms.

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Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds
January 23, 2013 Posted by Editor
Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins has found an apparent link between hearing loss and accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. The new study was published on January 21, 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical...

Exercise Better than Mental or Social Activity to Protect Brain from Shrinkage, Study Finds
November 1, 2012 Posted by Editor
Exercise Better than Mental or Social Activity to Protect Brain from Shrinkage, Study Finds

A new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Association of Neurology, has found that among older adults, regular exercise was more effective in protecting against brain shrinkage than were either mental or social activities....

Decline in Physical Abilities Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia Among 90 Year Olds, Study Finds
October 26, 2012 Posted by Editor
Decline in Physical Abilities Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia Among 90 Year Olds, Study Finds

A new study published in the Archives of Neurology, a journal of the American Medical Association, as found that among people age 90 and older, poor ability to walk, stand up, maintain balance, and perform other physical tasks was associated with signi...

Johns Hopkins Health Alert Features 8 Key Strategies to Protect Your Memory
August 17, 2012 Posted by Editor
Johns Hopkins Health Alert Features 8 Key Strategies to Protect Your Memory

A new Health Alert published by Johns Hopkins Medicine features 8 key strategies that the Johns Hopkins experts say can help preserve your memory and brain health. The Health Alert, entitled "How to Protect Your Memory and Brain Health," is writte...

Alzheimer's Community Care Announces 2012 Alzheimer's Educational Conference May 31-June 1, 2012
May 5, 2012 Posted by Editor
Alzheimer's Community Care Announces 2012 Alzheimer's Educational Conference May 31-June 1, 2012

Alzheimer's Community Care (ACC), a non-profit organization, has announced that its 2012 Alzheimer's Educational Conference, with Keynote speaker Dan Rather, will be held May 31 and June 1, 2012, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in Palm Beach...

Eating Blueberries & Strawberries May Slow Mental Decline with Aging, Study Finds
April 26, 2012 Posted by Editor
Eating Blueberries & Strawberries May Slow Mental Decline with Aging, Study Finds

A new study of over 16,000 women over age 70, conducted by researchers at Harvard, has found that eating an average of one-half cup of blueberries or one cup of strawberries per week, over decades, may slow the memory and cognitive decline associated w...

Physical Activity of All Kinds Lowers Risk of Alzheimer's, Study Finds
April 19, 2012 Posted by Editor
Physical Activity of All Kinds Lowers Risk of Alzheimer's, Study Finds

A new study published in the journal Neurology, has found that physical activity, including both exercise and activity from daily chores or activities of daily living, may significantly reduce a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, even if ...

The WHO Issues Wake-up Call: Dementia Cases Will Triple by 2050, More Family Caregiver Support Needed
April 12, 2012 Posted by Editor
The WHO Issues Wake-up Call: Dementia Cases Will Triple by 2050, More Family Caregiver Support Needed

The World Health Organization (WHO) on April 11 issued a substantial new report showing that, with populations aging, cases of dementia are expected to more than triple worldwide by 2050. The report calls upon nations to address this pandemic-size pub...

Skin-Cancer Drug Gives Preliminary Hope of Alzheimer's Treatment, Mouse Study Finds
February 14, 2012 Posted by Editor
Skin-Cancer Drug Gives Preliminary Hope of Alzheimer's Treatment, Mouse Study Finds

A new study conducted on mice has found that a skin-cancer drug may give hope of providing a future effective treatment for Alzheimer's dementia. The study found that the drug, bexarotene, successfully cleared away the amyloid plaques in the brain tha...

New Study Questions Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment in New Alzheimer's Diagnosis Guidelines
February 7, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Study Questions Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment in New Alzheimer's Diagnosis Guidelines

A new study published February 6 in the Archives of Neurology, a journal of the American Medical Association, has questioned the wisdom of a new expanded definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a precursor stage to Alzheimer's disease. The new ...

Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer's
February 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer's

sources indicate that up to 15 percent of people with MCI develop Alzheimer's within one year. However, studies have shown that preventive interventions such as exercise and changes in lifestyle factors can be effective in staving off mental decline. ...

Fruits, Vegetables & Fish May Keep Brain from Shrinking, New Study Finds
January 9, 2012 Posted by Editor
Fruits, Vegetables & Fish May Keep Brain from Shrinking, New Study Finds

People with diets high in several vitamins found in fruits and vegetables or in omega 3 fatty acids found in fish are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people whose diets are not high in those nutrients,...

Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes
May 10, 2011 Posted by Editor
Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released an investigation report on May 4, 2011, finding that among elderly Medicare patients in nursing homes, dangerous antipsychotic drugs are being given predom...

Social Isolation/ "Constricted Life Space" Linked to Higher Risk of Alzheimer's for Seniors
May 3, 2011 Posted by Editor
Social Isolation/

A recent study has found that seniors who were housebound or socially isolated (scientifically called "constricted life space") were significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer's Disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment, and experience more rapid cognit...

Study Finds Common Alzheimer’s Drug Not Effective To Treat Early to Moderate Alzheimer’s
April 12, 2011 Posted by Editor
Study Finds Common Alzheimer’s Drug Not Effective To Treat Early to Moderate Alzheimer’s

Attention caregivers for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease: A new study published in the Archives of Neurology found that memantine, a drug commonly prescribed (under the brand name Namenda) for Alzheimer's patients, was not effectiv...

5 Tips On Dealing With Violent Alzheimer's Behavior
April 4, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor
5 Tips On Dealing With Violent Alzheimer's Behavior

"Alzheimer's patients are often vulnerable and fragile, but in rare cases, they can become the aggressor. About 5% to 10% of Alzheimer's patients exhibit violent behavior. It's unclear why the outbursts occur in certain patients," according to a recent...

Pet Therapy Helps Seniors
January 18, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Being in the presence of pets has been shown to promote physical and emotional health. Video from 5min.com (5 min Life Videopedia)» Therapy Dog for Seniors Home

Large New Study Strengthens Evidence that Mediterranean Diet May Slow Cognitive Decline
January 14, 2011 Posted by Editor
Large New Study Strengthens Evidence that Mediterranean Diet May Slow Cognitive Decline

A new study has strengthened existing evidence that the Mediterranean diet — heavy on vegetables, fish and olive oil -- may be associated with slower rates of mental decline in the elderly. The study, conducted by researchers at Rush Medical Col...

Caregiving and Dementia: New Ideas
January 1, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

There is no effective medical cure for Alzheimer’s.   Most dementia caregiving is performed by families and nursing homes.  11 Million people care for Alzheimer’s-afflicted relatives at home. Dealing with the difficult behaviors that characteriz...

Alzheimer's Treatment: Medications and Approaches Used in the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
November 4, 2010 Posted by Editor

Alzheimer's Treatment: Medications and Approaches Used in the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, By Carrie Hill, PhD, found on About.com.

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