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Cynicism Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

Negative thinking may be hurting your health. A new study has suggested that highly cynical people have an increased risk of developing dementia. Anna-Maija Tolppanen, one of the study’s authors and Professor at the University of Eastern Finland, said, “There have been previous studies that showed that people who were cynical were more likely to […]
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Mental Muscle: 4 Postures for a Better Brain

While the brain controls the body, the body can also influence the brain, specifically by the feedback it sends up the nervous system. The body and mind largely work together to create our perceptions of the world. Researchers have determined how the brain interprets incoming signals from the rest of the body. Here are a […]
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Tips on Preventing Sundowning

The phenomenon of sundowning, also called “late day confusion”, affects people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Sundowning is when symptoms worsen in the late afternoon and evening—once the sun goes down—and often affects people who have mid-stage and advanced dementia. Knowing how to reduce sundowning behavior can benefit both the patient and caregiver.     Stick […]
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Holistic Practice to Ease Dementia Symptoms

Researchers at Teesside University have discovered that a combination of cognitive activities, yoga, meditation, and physical exercise can improve the quality of life for individuals battling dementia. This includes mixing elements of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and meditation, along with physical and cognitive exercises, which lessened depression and enhanced physical and mental abilities.     […]
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Don’t Bottle it Up: Dementia Awareness Week 2014

The week of May 18-24, 2014 is the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Awareness Week. This week is about raising awareness and gaining information and support for those who need it. Find out ways you can get involved:     Use Facebook and Twitter     One of the easiest things you can do is use your […]
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Music May Benefit Your Brain

Musical training may benefit your brain by increasing blood flow to the left side of the brain. According to the study, increased blood flow was found after only 30 minutes of music training.  Study author Amy Spray, with the University of Liverpool, explained in a university news release, “The areas of our brain that process […]
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Taking More Heart Medicine than Needed can Increase risk of Dementia

For patients with atrial fibrillation, there is an increased risk of developing dementia if they are taking dosages of blood thinning medication that are not at optimal recommended range. “Most patients who develop atrial fibrillation require the use of an anticoagulant to prevent a stroke. The most common anticoagulant used worldwide is Warfarin, and we […]
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Are Routine Dementia Screenings Lacking?

The new health law requires Medicare to cover screening for cognitive impairment during an annual wellness visit, however, a new study found that there is not enough evidence to recommend dementia screenings during wellness visits for people older than 65. Albert Siu, Professor and Chair of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai School of […]
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Laughter May be the Best Medicine for Memory Loss

“Laughter is the best medicine” may be a motto many live their lives by, but a new study found that laughter may actually be the best medicine for age-related memory loss. A new study found that humor may reduce brain damage caused by the “stress hormone” cortisol, which in turn, improves memory. Previous research has […]
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Alzheimer’s Subtype may be Commonly Misdiagnosed

Patients with a new subtype of Alzheimer’s disease are commonly misdiagnosed and don’t receive proper treatment, a new study shows. Led by Dr. Melissa Murray, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Mayo Clinic, the research team analyzed the brains of more than 1,800 Alzheimer’s patients and found that 11 percent of them had a subtype, […]