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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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Study Explores Possible Link between Alzheimer’s and Depression, Irritability

A new study has suggested that symptoms of depression could indicate a future Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Over a period of seven years, scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine examined over 2,400 seniors, half of whom developed dementia.     The patients who eventually received a dementia diagnosis exhibited behavioral and emotional symptoms, such as […]
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Could Apple Juice Help Prevent Alzheimer’s?

A new study suggests that apple juice could help prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In the study, one group of mice received daily servings of apple juice, while a control group of mice did not. They then put the mice through maze trials and observed them as they aged. Those mice which received apple […]
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Effective Tools in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

There are three areas that are critical in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease: detection, prevention, and preclinical treatment. These three are highlighted in a supplement by Jack de la Torre, MD, PhD, Professor of Neuropsychology at The University of Texas at Austin, speaking on how dementia should be approached and managed right now, not years […]
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Many People with Dementia Go Unscreened and Untreated

Many people with dementia have never been to a doctor for their memory and thinking problems. Despite showing clear cognitive decline, researchers found that 55 percent of patients screened for dementia as part of the University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study had never been evaluated prior to participating in this study.     Lead […]
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Brain Network Weak Spot Identified

At the moment, it is difficult to determine exactly who will develop dementia in their lifetime; however, researchers have identified a weak spot in the brain that shines light on the condition. The research team, led by Dr. Gwenaëlle Douaud of Oxford University, does caution that “much more research is needed into how to bring […]
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Restricting Calories Can Slow the Aging Process

The benefits of dietary restrictions are known for reducing the risk of heart disease, hypertension, and stroke; however very little is known about the benefits for memory and learning. Researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered that calorie counting diets can actually slow the aging process in the human brain.     “Our study […]
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New Brain Disease Discovered Similar to Alzheimer’s

Researchers have discovered a brain disease that has similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s, but is biologically different.  In this multi-institutional study, co-led by Peter T. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and John F. Crary, M.D., Ph.D., of Pathology & Neuroscience with Mount Sinai Hospital, researchers discovered the neurological disease […]
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In Older Adults, Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Dementia

For adults over the age of 55, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be linked to an increased risk of dementia, a new study suggests. This is not the first study to link TBI and dementia, but researchers say that previous studies have not found the direct link and were subject to limitations. The CDC […]
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Communication Tips and Activities for a Child to do with their Loved One with Dementia

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be confusing for everyone involved-but a child might have more questions as to what is happening. The following are tips that all families can use when communicating with a loved one with dementia, as well as activities that children can engage in with their loved one.     The National Institute […]