Alzheimer’s

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: Part 3 in a 4 part Series

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Alzheimer’s is a complex disease with multiple risk factors. Some, like your age and genetics, are outside your control. However, there are seven pillars for a brain-healthy lifestyle that are within your control: Regular exercise Social engagement Healthy diet Mental stimulation Quality sleep Stress management Vascular health Experts now believe that the risk of Alzheimer’s […]

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Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease (Part 2 of Series)

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Alzheimer’s is a complex disease with multiple risk factors. Last month, we included an article about the first of seven pillars for a brain-healthy lifestyle that is within your control: Regular Exercise. Experts now believe that the risk of Alzheimer’s is not limited to old age, but in fact can start in the brain long […]

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New studies show a relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and a lack of deep sleep. Nap habits are key.

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Decades before an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is made, those likely to get the disease show disruptions in sleep patterns, in particular, a lack of deep sleep. So says Ruth Benca, a psychiatrist at the University of California Irvine. Her work has followed the parallels between rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the development of Alzheimer’s. Now, researchers […]

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Can a Sniff Test Rule out Alzheimer’s?

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Researchers have discovered that a simple sniff test, when combined with brief cognitive exams, can help predict a low likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. Scientists have known for years that the olfactory bulb, responsible for transmitting smell information from the nose to the brain, is one of the first areas of the brain to be affected […]

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Blood Test for Alzheimer’s up to 94% Accurate

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Early brain changes due to Alzheimer’s disease may soon be detected with a simple blood draw in your doctor’s office, according to researchers. Doctors have been hoping for such a test for years — one that providers can administer in the office at a reasonable cost.

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Falls an Early Clue to Alzheimer’s

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Falls More Common in Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds By Charlene Laino July 18, 2011 (Paris) — Falls may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers report. In a study of 125 older adults who appeared physically and cognitively healthy, two-thirds of those with large deposits of Alzheimer’s-associated plaque in their brains suffered falls. In contrast, only […]

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Recommended Reading for July 2018

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 Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease by Joanne Koenig Coste More than four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and as many as twenty million have close relatives or friends with the disease. Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimer’s, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to […]

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Fight Dementia With Your Fork

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The MIND diet can drastically lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, among other conditions. Here’s what the lead researcher suggests regarding MIND and foods thought to be “good for you.” A Mediterranean-inspired diet was recently proven to dramatically lower the risk of dementia in older adults. But just because it originated in Italy doesn’t mean […]

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Anticipatory Grief: Alzheimer’s

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Anticipatory Grief: How to Cope With the “Living Death” of Alzheimer’s Anticipatory grief is the emotional pain of losing a loved one, felt in advance of the person’s death. It’s a common phenomenon among those who care for the terminally ill. It may be experienced at any time by anyone connected to someone with Alzheimer’s, […]

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Proven Best Ways to Decrease Your Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Strong evidence that anything prevents Alzheimer’s disease is lacking, but a few changes can likely delay memory loss, according to a 2017 review by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Specific memory training, consistent exercise and controlling high blood pressure offer the best hope, the committee concluded. Members examined the best research on ways to […]

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