Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness

  Whether you have been directly affected by Alzheimer’s disease or not, no one is immune to developing it. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that causes progressive brain and memory impairment until a person loses all-important mental functions. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, and available treatments only temporarily slow the progression of the …

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‘Still Alice’ and Alzheimer’s Research

Julianne Moore won an Oscar last night for her heartbreaking portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice. At Brain Matters, we hope the movie will raise awareness about Alzheimer’s research. In that spirit, here is an editorial by Alzheimer’s researcher Dr. Julie Harris, courtesy of the Huffington Post:     “While the …

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Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Beverly’s Story

Alzheimer’s caregivers take on a heavy burden. Courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association, this is Beverly’s caregiver story: “Ironically, my mother’s Alzheimer’s is teaching me that I do not need to remember every little painful specific, not in the manner I once remembered them. What a relief to draw the honest conclusion that I’m no longer …

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Alzheimer’s Association President: We Need Research Now

Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, recently wrote an impassioned editorial trying to get people involved in the fight to cure Alzheimer’s. Here are excerpts from that article, courtesy of the Huffington Post:     “More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease …

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Meet the Woman behind “Still Alice”

Actress Julianne Moore has already won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for her performance as a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice”. But Moore didn’t do it on her own; she received key advice from real-life Alzheimer’s patient Sandy Oltz.     Oltz was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s when she …

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National Memory Screening Day

On November 18th, individuals can get memory screenings as part of an initiative by The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. National Memory Screening Day is part of a larger effort to promote early detection of memory problems and to encourage early intervention, including medical treatments, social services and other resources.     Collaborating with local organizations …

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Personality Traits Increase Alzheimer’s Risk in Women

Alzheimer’s disease is more common in women, with women over the age of 65 having a 1 in 6 chance of developing it, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In a new study, researchers have found that certain personality traits, such as anxiety, jealousy, and moodiness, may increase a woman’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease.     …

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Alzheimer’s Fight Focused on Preventive Treatment

Presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, one of the largest randomized prevention trials to date found that targeting the prevention or delay of Alzheimer’s disease is more beneficial than trying to treat those who already have the disease. Researchers who conducted the trial found that intervention involving exercise, diet and other behavioral changes improved …

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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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Overcoming Alzheimer’s Stigma

For many people living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners, facing stigma is often a primary concern. Those with Alzheimer’s often report being misunderstood due to the myths and misconceptions others have about the disease. Here are some tips to help you overcome Alzheimer’s stigma: • Be Open and Direct: Engage others in discussions about …

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