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Making a Difference with Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Some amount of memory loss is normal with age. Forgetting your keys, having trouble recalling something new, and needing more time to remember something are common when aging. Unfortunately, many may be unaware of when it’s time to get help for memory loss. Over 50 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of […]

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 […]

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Are you having trouble remembering where your glasses are or remembering when your next appointment is? These could be typical signs of the aging process, but it could be a sign of something more. When should you be concerned about Alzheimer’s disease? Here are common early Alzheimer’s disease warning signs you should look out for! […]

Memory Loss: What Is Normal

Experiencing and learning new things is an everyday occurrence. Your brain can only remember so many of those new things, and so it decides what is worth remembering. Memory is the process of storing and then recalling this information. Many people look at it as a filing cabinet. It doesn’t always work perfectly, and changes […]
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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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Study: Key Molecule Could Slow Alzheimer’s Development

Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have found that a specific molecule could slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, the Brichos molecule, which occurs in the body naturally, prevented the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in mice.     Researchers believe that the early stages of Alzheimer’s begin when beta-amyloid […]
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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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How to Make a Home Dementia-Friendly

  Making a home dementia-friendly protects the safety of your loved one and gives you a little more peace of mind. Do not wait for a safety problem to arise before acting; plan what changes you will need to make far in advance.     In addition to cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s causes problems with spatial […]
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Four Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

  Since Alzheimer’s impairs a person’s reasoning and communication abilities, caregivers need to think strategically to meet daily challenges. In conjunction with self-care techniques, these four practical tips can help make a caregiver’s burden a little lighter:     1.    Being logical won’t help:   As humans, we tend to rationalize things that don’t make […]
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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 […]