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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Sugar’s “Tipping Point” Link to Alzheimer’s Disease Revealed

(University of Bath) For the first time a "tipping point" molecular link between the blood sugar glucose and Alzheimer's disease has been established by scientists, who have shown that excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stages of Alzheimer's. Abnormally high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycaemia, is well-known as a characteristic of diabetes and … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Putting Exercise to The Test in People at Risk for Alzheimer’s

(National Institute on Aging) Can exercise slow or prevent cognitive decline in older people who are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease? A new clinical trial led by NIA-supported scientists in collaboration with the YMCA aims to find out whether exercise may be an effective nondrug treatment for staying cognitively fit. The trial, called EXERT, will enroll 300 people, age 65 to 89, with … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Drug Donezpezil Prescribed Off-Label Could Pose Risk for Some

(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Donepezil, a medication that is approved to treat people with Alzheimer's disease, should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment without a genetic test. UCLA School of Nursing researchers discovered that for people who carry a specific genetic variation -- the K-variant of butyrylcholinesterase, or BChE-K -- donezpezil … [Read More...]

Be­ne­fits of Cog­nit­ive Train­ing in De­men­tia Pa­tients Un­clear

(University of Helsinki) Positive effects of cognitive training in healthy elderly people have been reported, but data regarding its effects in patients with dementia is unclear. "The effects of cognitive training in dementia patients have been studied actively during recent decades but the quality and reliability of the studies varies," says licenced neuropsychologist Eeva-Liisa Kallio. She … [Read More...]

Heart Disease Factors in Middle Age Increase Risk of Dementia Later in Life

(American Heart Association) People who have heart disease risks in middle age -- such as diabetes, high blood pressure or smoking -- are at higher risk for dementia later in life, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2017. "The health of your vascular system in midlife is really important to the health of your brain when you are … [Read More...]

Solving the Puzzle of Alzheimer’s Disease

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) UAlberta scientist seeks to neutralize “rogue” protein believed to be a key player in the development of Alzheimer’s   Every day tens of thousands of Canadians unwillingly find themselves becoming shadows of their former selves. They grasp onto moments of clarity -- fleeting windows of time -- before slipping away again into … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Alzheimer’s Disease: Tax Deductions and Credits

(Alz.org) As a caregiver, you likely pay for some care costs out-of-pocket. Because of this, you may qualify for tax benefits from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Tax rules are complex and can change. Be sure to get advice from your tax adviser or accountant before filing your returns. Medical expenses Child and Dependent Care Credit Flexible spending account State tax … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Caregiving: Bathing, Dressing, Grooming

(NIH Senior Health) At some point, people with Alzheimer’s disease will need help with bathing, dressing, and grooming. Because these are private activities, people may not want help. They may feel embarrassed about being naked in front of caregivers. They also may feel angry about not being able to care for themselves. Bathing The person with Alzheimer’s may be afraid. To reduce these … [Read More...]

The American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

(American Heart Association) A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease. It’s not as hard as you may think!  Remember, it's the overall pattern of your choices that counts. Make the simple steps below part of your life for long-term benefits to your health and your heart. Use up at least as many calories as you take in. Start by knowing how many … [Read More...]

Relieving Stress & Anxiety: Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

(National Institute on Aging) Caregivers face a variety of challenges when a loved one develops Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. This resource list offers a selection of articles, books, and other materials that may help caregivers cope with their own stress, anxiety, and emotions. Some resources on this list are free; others must be purchased. To buy an item, please contact the … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Prolonged Sleep Duration as Marker of Early Neurodegeneration Predicting Dementia

Neurology. 2017 Feb 22. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003732. doi:[Epub ahead of print] Prolonged sleep duration as a marker of early neurodegeneration predicting incident dementia. Westwood AJ1, Beiser A1, Jain N1, Himali JJ1, DeCarli C1, Auerbach SH1, Pase MP2, Seshadri S2. Abstract OBJECTIVE To evaluate the association between sleep … [Read More...]

Vitamin E for Alzheimer’s Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jan 27;1:CD002854. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD002854.pub4. [Epub ahead of print] Vitamin E for Alzheimer's dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Farina N1, Llewellyn D2, Isaac MG3, Tabet N1. Abstract Background Vitamin E occurs naturally in the diet. It has several biological activities, including … [Read More...]

Dietary and Lifestyle Guidelines for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Sep;35 Suppl 2:S74-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.03.033. Epub 2014 May 14. Dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Barnard ND1, Bush AI2, Ceccarelli A3, Cooper J4, de Jager CA5, Erickson KI6, Fraser G7, Kesler S8, Levin SM9, Lucey B10, Morris MC11, Squitti R12. Abstract Risk … [Read More...]

Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Memory Performance in Older Adults

Cortex, 2017; DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2017.01.002 FMRI activity during associative encoding is correlated with cardiorespiratory fitness and source memory performance in older adults. Scott M. Hayes, Jasmeet P. Hayes, Victoria J. Williams, Huiting Liu, Mieke Verfaellie. Abstract Older adults, relative to younger adults, exhibit age-related … [Read More...]