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Is it Dementia? Or Something Else?

With the increasing rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia, it is understandable that one would be worried at the first sign of symptoms. However, there are over 100 disorders that mimic the symptoms of dementia. “Some of these conditions are not serious, but they’re often missed or misdiagnosed in seniors,” says P. Murali Doraiswamy, coauthor of […]
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Mild Cognitive Impairment Increases Risk of Death

While memory loss can make day-to-day activities more difficult, a new research study suggests that age-related thinking problems and memory loss can increase the risk of an earlier death.  Study author Maria Vassilaki said in a release, “Currently there is little information about death and the types of memory loss that affect many millions of […]
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The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease has been broken down into several stages, however not everyone will experience every symptom. On average, people with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after diagnosis, but may survive anywhere between three to 20 years.  Knowing which stage a loved one is at can help with decisions and treatment, as well as […]
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Green Tea’s Effect on Cognitive Function is Now Clear

Previous studies have shown the health benefits of green tea, specifically for cognitive development, but the exact reasons why were unclear. However, a new imaging study suggests that green tea appears to boost memory by enhancing functional brain connectivity.     The study, led by Stefan Borgwardt, MD, PhD, from the Department of Psychiatry, University […]
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The Eyes Have It

The eyes may not only be the window to the soul, but now, they are a window to early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. A new study links changes in the eye to Alzheimer’s disease, noting that structural changes in the retina—specifically the retinal pigment epithelial layer and the choroidal layer—could signal Alzheimer’s.     Researchers at Cedars-Sinai […]
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How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

With baby boomers growing older, more and more people are becoming caregivers at a much younger age. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, two out of every five adults are caring for a loved one, and the numbers are growing.     There are three hats that caregivers wear at least […]
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Explaining Alzheimer’s to a Child or Teen

Alzheimer’s disease can be confusing and scary for anyone, but for a child or teen, it is important to talk with them as soon as possible so they begin to understand how the disease might change the relationship they have previously shared with the loved one. Richard Powers, MD, associate professor of neurology and pathology […]
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Caffeine has a Positive Effect on Tau Deposits in Alzheimer’s Disease

For the first time, a team led by Dr. Christa E. Müller from the University of Bonn and Dr. David Blum from the University of Lille, found that caffeine has a positive effects on tau deposits in Alzheimer’s disease. The study, part of a German-French research project, was published in the online edition of the […]
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Preparing for a Natural Disaster with an Alzheimer’s Patient

Natural disasters, like forest fires or hurricanes, can be dangerous for everyone but can be especially confusing for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. There are steps that you can take to ensure you are as ready as possible to provide great care in the event of a disaster.     Before a Disaster Hits     […]
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Traveling with a Loved One who has Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Just because you or a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia doesn’t mean that he or she can no longer participate in meaningful activities such as travel. With careful planning to ensure safety, comfort and enjoyment, traveling can be a breeze for everyone involved.     Deciding to Travel     When taking […]