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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 Caregivers: Take Care of Yourself Too

Being an Alzheimer’s caregiver means taking on a lot of responsibilities. Sometimes you may be so preoccupied with caring for your loved one that you neglect your own health. Here are some tips to stay healthy as a caregiver:     Visit the doctor:   Visit the doctor at least once a year and report …

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Ten Quick Facts about Alzheimer’s

Each and every day, people in the United States and all over the world are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their lives and changed forever. With each year that passes, the number of people who develop the illness increases, and awareness needs to be spread. Although there is medication out there to help temporarily treat the …

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Can Peanut Butter be used to test for Alzheimer’s disease?

A new study says that a simple test involving a tablespoon of peanut butter and a ruler may help to detect Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers led by Jennifer Stamps, a University of Florida graduate student, found that patients with early stage Alzheimer’s had a more difficult time detecting the peanut butter that was held under their …

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Eating Issues Associated with Alzheimer’s

An Alzheimer’s patient can experience a variety of eating problems, making it crucial that caregivers craft a diet plan designed to meet the person’s nutritional requirements. Sometimes interest in different types of foods change, and some patients can’t even put together a nourishing meal. If an Alzheimer’s patient has an eating problem, there are a …

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