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Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Everyone Should Know

Alzheimer’s disease affects over 5 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. The National Institute on Aging characterizes the illness as an “irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living.” Most people […]
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5 Little-Known Warning Signs of Dementia

It is important to look for early indicators of possible dementia so that you can begin treatment faster. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these warning signs, speak to a doctor:       You’re feeling depressed: A new study examining about 2,400 seniors found that those who report symptoms of […]
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UK Researchers Use Verbal Cues in Dementia Diagnoses

  Researchers in the UK have developed a method of verbal analysis that may help determine whether or not a patient’s described memory loss is due to early dementia.     Consultant Neurologist Dr. Daniel Blackburn of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says of his own clinic, “Six years ago one in five patients […]
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Dementia and Money: How to Have the Talk

  Relinquishing control of finances can be a sensitive topic for a loved one with dementia. Dementia tries to rob us of our dignity and limits our independence, so people suffering from it may be resistant to ceding financial control as a point of pride. Unfortunately, dementia can weaken a person’s ability to make good […]
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New Theory: Alzheimer’s Memory Loss Could be Reversible

A new theory on where memory is stored in the brain suggests that lost memories could possibly be restored. If true, it could radically change almost everything that scientists know about memory loss and even lead to a better treatment to Alzheimer’s disease.     The theory, proposed by Dr. David Glanzman of the University […]
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Staying Mentally Active to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Can we reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s disease? Researchers believe so. Studies have found that keeping the brain active can help to protect it. A 2012 study found that engaging in brain-stimulating activities throughout life was associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Those who stayed mentally engaged from childhood to old age had […]
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Alzheimer’s Care: Remain Socially Active

Similar to other parts of your body, your brain may lose some agility as you get older. It can deteriorate even more if you don’t take care of it. The good news is that emerging evidence suggests there are steps you can take to help keep your brain healthy as you age. Research has shown […]
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A Caregiver’s Story: Getting into a Dementia Patient’s Head

Carol Bradley Bursack was a caregiver to her father who had severe dementia. By traveling into his world and providing him with validation on what he thought was real to him, she was able to provide him with what he needed. Here is her story:     “Dad was adamant. He was waiting for his […]
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Diabetes in Midlife Could Increase Risk of Dementia

It is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans will have diabetes, and now researchers have found that this could increase the risk of cognitive decline later in life. This is the longest research study looking at the relationship between cognitive decline and diabetes by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.     […]
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Effective Tools in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

There are three areas that are critical in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease: detection, prevention, and preclinical treatment. These three are highlighted in a supplement by Jack de la Torre, MD, PhD, Professor of Neuropsychology at The University of Texas at Austin, speaking on how dementia should be approached and managed right now, not years […]