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DementiaToday posts scientific news and professional views on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias from the global research community. We hope to promote better health care through education, provide support to caregivers and loved ones who live with these diseases everyday, and thank the many individuals around the world who are dedicated to neurological research and […]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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...]

DAILY NEWS

Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy Exceeding Ten Years May Protect From Dementia

(University of Eastern Finland) Postmenopausal estrogen-based hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years was associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease in a large study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. "The protective effect of hormone therapy may depend on its timing: it may have cognitive benefits if initiated at the time of menopause when neurons are still … [Read More...]

Is it Depression or Dementia?

(IOS Press) Neuroimaging of decreased blood flow in specific regions of the brain can differentiate between depression and cognitive disorders, according to a new report in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Does a patient have depression or a cognitive disorder (CD) such as Alzheimer's disease or both? Since both disorders have overlapping symptoms, how can a clinician tell them apart to … [Read More...]

Health Providers Should Screen Caregivers Early to Prevent Depression, Anxiety

(University of Missouri Health) Currently, more than 34 million people in the U.S. care for terminally ill love ones, but few resources are available to help them navigate the challenges they encounter. A study at the University of Missouri School of Medicine found that nearly one-quarter of caregivers were moderately or severely depressed and nearly one-third had moderate or severe anxiety. The … [Read More...]

Discovery Could Be Major Advance for Understanding Neurological Diseases

(University of Bristol) The discovery of a new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to regulate our learning and long-term memory could have major benefits to understanding how the brain works and what goes wrong in neurodegenerative disorders such as epilepsy and dementia. The breakthrough, published in Nature Neuroscience, was made by scientists at … [Read More...]

Glucose Deprivation in the Brain Sets Stage for Alzheimer’s Disease

(Temple University Health System) One of the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease is a decline in glucose levels in the brain. It appears in the early stages of mild cognitive impairment -- before symptoms of memory problems begin to surface. Whether it is a cause or consequence of neurological dysfunction has been unclear, but new research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

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 … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Quick Tips: Making Mealtimes Easier

(Mayo Clinic) Alzheimer's disease and eating challenges often go hand in hand. As Alzheimer's progresses, poor nutrition can aggravate confusion and lead to physical weakness, as well as increase the risk of infection and other health concerns. If you're caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's, understand what causes eating problems and how … [Read More...]

Adapting Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

(National Institutes of Health) Doing things we enjoy gives us pleasure and adds meaning to our lives. People with AD need to be active and do things they enjoy. However, don't expect too much. It's not easy for them to plan their days and do different tasks. Here are two reasons: They may have trouble deciding what to do each day. This could … [Read More...]

You Can Get Paid as a Family Caregiver

(AARP) Medicaid is making it easier for families to afford caring for a loved one at home. Getting paid as a family caregiver seems about as likely as winning the lottery. Just ask the nation's 40 million family caregivers — spouses, adult children and other relatives — 34 million of whom provide unpaid care to someone 50 or older. Medicare … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

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 … [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 … [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, … [Read More...]

Physical Exercise Moderates the Relationship of APOE Genotype and Dementia Risk

J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;56(1):297-303. doi: 10.3233/JAD-160424. Physical Exercise Moderates the Relationship of Apolipoprotein E (APOE) Genotype and Dementia Risk: A Population-Based Study. Fenesi B1, Fang H1, Kovacevic A1, Oremus M2, Raina P3,4,5, Heisz JJ1,4,5. Abstract Genetics and … [Read More...]