IN THE SPOTLIGHT

US Death Rates from Alzheimer’s Disease Increased 55 Percent from 1999 to 2014

(MedicalNewsToday) Death rates from Alzheimer's disease (AD) increased 55 percent between 1999 and 2014, according to data released today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The number of Alzheimer's deaths at home also increased during the same period, from 14 percent to 25 percent, suggesting an increase in the number of caregivers that would benefit from support, including … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Vegetarian Diets Almost Twice as Effective in Reducing Body Weight, Study Finds

(Taylor & Francis) Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets but also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has found. Losing muscle fat improves glucose and lipid metabolism so this finding is particularly important for people with … [Read More...]

Researchers Identify Potential Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease

(Boston University Medical Center) In one of the largest studies to date to use metabolomics, the study of compounds that are created through various chemical reactions in the body, researchers have been able to identify new circulating compounds associated with the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD). The findings, which appear in the journal Alzheimer and Dementia, point … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Federal Action Update

(Alzheimer's Association) On May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal and replace large parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The U.S. Senate is now working on its own legislative proposal to reform the health care system, with the goal of passing a bill by August. The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s … [Read More...]

Sleep Apnea and Dementia

(BrightFocus Foundation) It took a fender bender to bring Bill* to his primary care clinician for evaluation. “Maybe I snoozed! I woke up on the embankment and I’m lucky nobody was hurt.” In addition to driving difficulties, Bill also described increasing forgetfulness, fatigue, and confusion over the past year. Despite his young age of 65, Bill’s primary care physician referred him to the … [Read More...]

Researchers Discover What May be Earliest Stage of Alzheimer’s

(University of Southern California) Older adults with elevated levels of brain-clogging plaques—but otherwise normal cognition—experience faster mental decline suggestive of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study led by the Keck School of Medicine of USC that looked at 10 years of data. Just about all researchers see amyloid plaques as a risk factor for Alzheimer's. However, this … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Elder Orphans: How to Plan for Aging without a Family Caregiver

(AARP) When you can't lean on family and friends to help take care of you, here's what you can do. Carol Marak was a caregiver for both her parents: Her mom had congestive heart failure and her dad had Parkinson's disease. After they died and she turned 60, she says, "It occurred to me ... oh, my goodness, I am not married. I do not have … [Read More...]

Cómo Manejar la Tensión Atención para el Cuidador

(BrightFocus Foundation) Más de 5 millones de estadounidenses tienen la enfermedad de Alzheimer. Este folleto está dirigido a todas las personas que cuidan de ellos, ya sean miembros de la familia o amigos o cuidadores de la comunidad. Por medio de este y otros recursos de nuestro programa de investigación sobre la enfermedad de Alzheimer, … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Disease and Practical Tips for Daily Life

(UCSF Memory and Aging Center) Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease?  Here are some practical tips from the UCSF Memory and Aging Center that can really help. First and foremost, do your best to: Facilitate their performance. Keep the person as active as possible. Focus on their abilities. Avoid distress between you … [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...]

Relieving Stress & Anxiety: Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

(NIA.org) 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 … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

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 of developing Alzheimer's disease is increased by older age, genetic factors, … [Read More...]

Survival and Causes of Death Among People with Parkinson, Dementia with Lewy Bodies

JAMA Neurol. 2017 May 15. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.0603. [Epub ahead of print] Survival and Causes of Death Among People With Clinically Diagnosed Synucleinopathies With Parkinsonism: A Population-Based Study. Savica R1, Grossardt BR2, Bower JH3, Ahlskog JE3, Boeve BF3, Graff-Radford J3, Rocca WA1, Mielke MM1. Abstract Importance: To our knowledge, a comprehensive study of the survival and causes of death of … [Read More...]

Rivastigmine for Alzheimer’s Disease

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Apr 10;(4):CD001191. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD001191.pub3. Rivastigmine for Alzheimer's disease. Birks JS1, Grimley Evans J. Abstract BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease is the commonest cause of dementia affecting older people. One of the therapeutic strategies aimed at ameliorating the clinical manifestations of Alzheimer's disease is to enhance cholinergic neurotransmission in the brain … [Read More...]

Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Cognitive Function of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets. 2015;14(10):1292-7. The Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Cognitive Function of Alzheimer's Disease Patients. Yang SY, Shan CL, Qing H, Wang W, Zhu Y, Yin MM, Machado S, Yuan TF, Wu T1. Abstract To evaluate the effect of moderate intensity of aerobic exercise on elderly people with mild Alzheimer's disease, we recruited fifty volunteers aged 50 years to 80 years with cognitive impairment. … [Read More...]