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Aerobic Exercise May Help Dementia Risk

According to a small new study, regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain’s memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia. The study included 86 women, ages 70 to 80, who had mild cognitive impairment, which researchers say is a common risk factor for dementia.     The […]
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Facebook App Brings Awareness to Dementia

A new Facebook app, released by Alzheimer’s Research UK, has been designed to personalize and simulate what it would be like to have dementia. The app, called FaceDementia, temporarily takes information from the person’s Facebook profile page, such as user’s photos, liked pages, statuses and highlights the key details of their life.     Once […]
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Heart Heath in Young Adults Tied to Mental Function Later in Life

Young adults with good blood pressure will go on to live mentally healthy lives, having better memory and thinking skills, compared to those with high blood pressure, according to a new study. While previous studies have linked poor heart health in middle aged adults to mental decline, this new study suggests that the association starts […]
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Living Happily After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

After receiving the news of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, your world might be spinning and you may not know how to land. You may not want to move, let alone keep positive, but beginning to make future plans can take the pressure off both you and your loved ones. In the long run, most people find […]
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Survey Highlights the Misconceptions Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association is initiating conversation about the progressive disease impacting at least 44 million people worldwide. After conducting a 12-country survey it was found out that this disease is also widely misunderstood. The Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month International Survey was conducted in 12 countries, Australia, Brazil, Canada, […]
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Home Safety with Alzheimer’s Disease

Patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia can live comfortably at home, just as long as safety measures are taken and put into place. As the disease progresses, the person’s abilities will change, but with some flexibility, creativity and problem solving, it won’t be difficult to adapt the home to support these changes. Here are some tips […]
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Phone that “Sends” Smells Could Treat Alzheimer’s

A new technology called oPhone, developed by David Edwards and colleagues at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, may be used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and mental illness. The oPhone enables odors to be sent via email, tweet or text to other oPhones using Bluetooth and smartphone attachments.     “The […]
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Summer Travel Tips with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

As we get closer to summer, many people now have the time to travel. If a loved one has Alzheimer’s, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make summer travel plans with them, it just requires you to do some extra planning to ensure the safety and enjoyment for everyone.     Deciding to Travel   […]
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Dementia Patients and their Caregivers may Benefit from Yoga and Meditation

Living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be difficult on both patients and their caregivers. A new study suggests that a “holistic” program involving yoga, meditation and other interventions can ease the burden for both. Study lead author, Yvonne J-Lyn Khoo, a researcher with the Health and Social Care Institute at Teesside […]
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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

The Alzheimer’s Association has announced that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Worldwide, there are 44 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone with a brain is at risk for developing dementia or Alzheimer’s but everyone can take a stand to help fight it.     Purple is the official color […]