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Do Nuts & Olive Oil Help Preserve Cognitive Function?

A new study by researchers at three universities and several medical institutions in Spain has linked a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts to better cognitive function in older people than was associated with a low-fat diet, . . . → Read More: Do Nuts & Olive Oil Help Preserve Cognitive Function?

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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 . . . → Read More: Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds

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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. Some . . . → Read More: Exercise Better than Mental or Social Activity to Protect Brain from Shrinkage, Study Finds

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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 . . . → Read More: Decline in Physical Abilities Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia Among 90 Year Olds, Study Finds

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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,” . . . → Read More: Johns Hopkins Health Alert Features 8 Key Strategies to Protect Your Memory

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In-Home Care Coordination Helps Those with Dementia Stay at Home & Improves Care, Johns Hopkins Study Finds

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that an in-home care coordination program for people with dementia improved their quality of care, quality of life, and ability to remain in home. The study, which was presented . . . → Read More: In-Home Care Coordination Helps Those with Dementia Stay at Home & Improves Care, Johns Hopkins Study Finds

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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 staving off . . . → Read More: Strength Training & Walking Improve Brain & Memory, New Studies Find

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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, . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Community Care Announces 2012 Alzheimer’s Educational Conference May 31-June 1, 2012

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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 . . . → Read More: Eating Blueberries & Strawberries May Slow Mental Decline with Aging, Study Finds

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Lifting Weights May Improve Seniors' Brain Function More than Walking Does, New Study Finds

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, found that among a group of senior women, aged 70-80, with mild cognitive impairment, those who engaged in 6 months of twice . . . → Read More: Lifting Weights May Improve Seniors’ Brain Function More than Walking Does, New Study Finds

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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 you . . . → Read More: Physical Activity of All Kinds Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s, Study Finds

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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 . . . → Read More: Skin-Cancer Drug Gives Preliminary Hope of Alzheimer’s Treatment, Mouse Study Finds

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Eating Too Much May Double Risk of Memory Impairment, Mayo Clinic Finds

A new study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic has found that older adults who ate a high-calorie diet (2,142.5 to 6,000 calories per day) had more than double the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) of those who . . . → Read More: Eating Too Much May Double Risk of Memory Impairment, Mayo Clinic Finds

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Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer's Research & Caregiver Support

The Obama Administration announced yesterday a $130 million increase over two years in the funding for Alzheimer’s Disease research, as well as $26 million of additional funding for support of caregivers and other programs toward the prevention and treatment . . . → Read More: Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer’s Research & Caregiver Support

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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 . . . → Read More: New Study Questions Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment in New Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Guidelines

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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. . . . → Read More: Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer’s

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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 . . . → Read More: Fruits, Vegetables & Fish May Keep Brain from Shrinking, New Study Finds

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What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

Here is a wake-up call: Medicare may cover costs of a needed rehabilitative or skilled nursing care facility after a hospitalization of at least three nights — but only to a limited extent. As explained by the Centers for . . . → Read More: What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

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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 predominantly . . . → Read More: Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes

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Social Isolation/ "Constricted Life Space" Linked to Higher Risk of Alzheimer's for Seniors

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 cognitive decline, than seniors who . . . → Read More: Social Isolation/ “Constricted Life Space” Linked to Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s for Seniors

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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 effective to treat . . . → Read More: Study Finds Common Alzheimer’s Drug Not Effective To Treat Early to Moderate Alzheimer’s

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Pet Therapy Helps Seniors

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 . . . → Read More: Pet Therapy Helps Seniors

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Caregiving and Dementia: New Ideas

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 characterize Alzheimer’s and other dementias . . . → Read More: Caregiving and Dementia: New Ideas

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Advice to caregivers: Reassure and don't argue

What if the Alzheimer’s patient says untrue and harmful things? What about correcting inconsequential things? Can a caregiver win an argument with an Alzheimer’s patient? Are there helpful ways to calm an Alzheimer’s patient? Read More in this Article . . . → Read More: Advice to caregivers: Reassure and don’t argue

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Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s, Advice For Families. Includes links to information on Assessing your Needs, Advance Preparation, Coping with the Transition, Advice for Families, Paying for Long-Term Care, and other matters of importance to caregivers for seniors with . . . → Read More: Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

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Stepping In for a Parent With Alzheimer’s

Advice for the family caregiver in taking on the role of financial caretaker for your loved one with Azheimer’s Disease.  The New York Times, November 6, 2010. Family members need to plan and prepare to take on their new . . . → Read More: Stepping In for a Parent With Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support — Perfectionism Can Be Bad for You

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support– Perfectionism Can Be Bad for You, by Mark Matloff Read the article: Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support – Perfectionism Can Be Bad for You

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How to cope as an Alzheimer’s caregiver

How to cope as an Alzheimer’s caregiver: in ‘Measure of the Heart’ Mary Ellen Geist shares tips from her experiences. Read more….

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Discover How to Become a Successful Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver

Discover How to Become a Successful Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver »View Info (pdf): Discover How to Become a Successful Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver

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Ways To Show Your Support of the Alzheimer’s Patient and Caregiver

Ways To Show Your Support of the Alzheimer’s Patient and Caregiver. »Read more: Ways To Show Your Support of the Alzheimer’s Patient and Caregiver

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The Question Alzheimer’s Caregivers Ask: “Am I Going Crazy?”

The Question Alzheimer’s Caregivers Ask: “Am I Going Crazy?” A presentation of some of the concerns that Alzheimer’s caregivers face. »View Info: The Question Alzheimer’s Caregivers Ask – Am I Going Crazy

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Alzheimer’s care classes help, but few have time; Many struggle to balance work, challenges of tending to family with disease

Alzheimer’s care classes help, but few have time. Many struggle to balance work, challenges of tending to family with disease, Associated Press, featured by MSNBC, (“A skyrocketing problem. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. It . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s care classes help, but few have time; Many struggle to balance work, challenges of tending to family with disease

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We must reevaluate our standards on Alzheimer’s and dementia care

The Miami Herald, September 21, 2010 Thoughtful story, published on national Alzheimer’s Day, about the need for a higher standard of care for patients with Alzheimer’s: “Today, more than five million Americans face the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, more . . . → Read More: We must reevaluate our standards on Alzheimer’s and dementia care

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Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: Roles, Experiences, Supports and Coping

Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: Roles, Experiences, Supports and Coping; A Literature Review, by The Ontario Dementia Caregiver Needs Project, 2004, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. »View Info: Caregivers of Persons with Dementia – Roles, Experiences, Supports and Coping . . . → Read More: Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: Roles, Experiences, Supports and Coping

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Deeper Into The Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Towards Forgetfulness Care

Deeper Into The Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Towards Forgetfulness Care, by Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D. & Bogna Szymkiewicz, Ph.D., Elders Academy Press. A thoughtful book, inviting us to shift our attitudes toward dementia patients to include openness, curiosity, . . . → Read More: Deeper Into The Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Towards Forgetfulness Care

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Dealing With the Cost of Alzheimer’s

Dealing With the Cost of Alzheimer’s, The Wall Street Journal Online. The cost of Alzheimer’s is proving much higher than most family caregivers imagine. Some of the expenses usually required include 24 hour a day private duty care, because . . . → Read More: Dealing With the Cost of Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Caregiver Guide

Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Caregiver Guide, by MedicineNet.com Links to good information on some of the common questions faced by caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, including: * Tips for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease * Dealing with the diagnosis of . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Caregiver Guide

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Alzheimer’s Warning Sign: Money Problems Predict a Vanishing Mind

According to a recent article in the New York Times, new research indicates that one of the first signs of developing dementia/Alzheimer’s is an inability to understand money, credit, contracts and agreements.  This severly affects not only the person’s family, but . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Warning Sign: Money Problems Predict a Vanishing Mind

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Alzheimers Disease – The Zen and the Art of Coping With Alzheimers

From New York Times, Health. Notes on the common wisdom in how to deal with the difficult behavior that typifies Alzheimer’s Disease. “Basically go with the flow.” Don’t fight with your senior loved one. Say something that acknowledges his . . . → Read More: Alzheimers Disease – The Zen and the Art of Coping With Alzheimers

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Caregiver’s Checklist

A caregiver checklist of medical, legal and financial concerns for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Read more from the Area Agency on Aging>>>

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Top Ten Dementia Eldercare Recommendations

Top Ten Dementia Eldercare Recommendations , by Jacqueline Marcell, OurAlzheimers.com. Ten excellent suggestions from someone who has been through caring for her parents with dementia.»Read more

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Help for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Many government and private orgainzations offer help for caregivers to patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Read the story reported in the Los Angeles Times:  Help for Alzheimer’s caregivers – . . . → Read More: Help for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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