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Multi-Sensory Environments Benefit People Living with Dementia

Unveiling a new guide for care homes, Dr. Anke Jakob, from Kingston University London, and Dr. Lesley Collier, from the University of Southampton, shed new light on the positive impact multi-sensory environments can have when caring for people living with dementia. This guide highlights the need for having a space specifically designed for people living …

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Nonmotor Skills Could Signal Dementia in Parkinson ’s Disease

In a new study researchers have found a set of nonmotor and nondopaminergic motor features that predict dementia in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). These include orthostatic hypotension, impaired color vision and REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), according to Ronald Postuma, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and study co-authors.     These findings were the …

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Walnuts Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

A new snack may reduce the risk of developing, or even prevent, Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. A new study conducted on mice found significant improvement in learning skills, memory, reducing anxiety, and motor development when they were fed a diet rich in walnuts. Led by Dr. Abha Chauhan at the New York State …

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Researchers Replicate Alzheimer’s Brain Cells in Petri Dish

Using animals for research relating to Alzheimer’s disease has proven to be difficult due to the fact that engineers have not been able to genetically alter mice to produce the tau tangles that contribute to the disease. However, researchers have overcome a major barrier that could pave the way to major breakthroughs in the field …

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Can Cognitive Decline be Reversed? One Researcher Claims it Can

With more than 5 million people in the U.S. suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the race is on to find a cure for the disease. Dale E. Bredesen, of the Buck Institute Research on Aging in Novato, CA, and the University of California-Los Angeles, claims in a new study he developed a personalized treatment program that …

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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 …

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Memory Slips Could Signal Dementia

Elderly people who are experiencing memory lapses are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia later on, according to new research. It suggests those with memory complaints are three times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment within nine years; within 12 years, 80 percent had full-blown dementia. Study author Richard Kryscio, associate director of …

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Down Syndrome Study provides more clues about Alzheimer’s Disease

According to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center, the protein commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid-β, and its impact on memory may not be as clear as previously thought. Lead study author Sigan Hartley, UW-Madison assistant professor of human development and family studies, and Brad Christian, UW-Madison associate professor of medical …

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Human Brain Compensates for Alzheimer’s-Linked Protein

A new study may offer an explanation as to why some people with a build- up of beta-amyloid deposits, the destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, never develop dementia. The study’s principal investigator Dr. William Jagust, from the University of California, Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, said, “This study provides evidence that there is plasticity …

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