Apr 25
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5 Ways to Improve your Memory

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Are you feeling as if life is just flying by? Stop for a second and make note of this information. These nine tips will help save you some time, improve your memory and assist you moving forward.

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Apr 04
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How to Control the Effects of Dementia: Senior Living

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Do you know how to manage the effects of Dementia? It is important to know how dementia develops and how crucial a healthy lifestyle plays into effect. We need to first understand the experiences of older adults that may lead to poor nutrition and eventually to dementia. We put together the best methods to curb the effects of dementia and enjoy more quality time with your loved one.

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Oct 15
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How Music Therapy Activities Benefit Dementia

The use of music therapy activities in senior living communities is known to have positive effects on elderly people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other memory loss issues. Music has power—especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And it can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease.

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Jul 17
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Easy Test That Provides Method of Early Detection for Alzheimer’s

The one thing you won’t believe is affected – and we can use it for early detection for Alzheimer's

A new test to detect the onset of Alzheimer’s doesn’t involve memory games, labs, or equipment. All you need is peanut butter. University of Florida researchers have experimented with how Alzheimer’s patients sense of smell changes once the disease progresses, and they think they have figured out a way to tell if there is a chance that the disease may develop. Catching the disease early may allow for better treatment options and a slower progression.

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Mar 18
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Can You Pass the One-Leg Test for Brain Health?

Here’s a quick, do-it-yourself test for brain health: See how long you can stay balanced on one leg.

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Dec 08
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Three Tools to Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease

There is no easy way to fight Fight Alzheimer's Disease but you can rest assured there effective methods at your disposal. Detection, prevention, and preclinical treatment are three key areas that may make a difference in the battle to reduce the rapid rise of new Alzheimer's disease (AD) cases every year. These three topics are the focus of an important new supplement to the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Organized by Guest Editor Jack de la Torre, MD, PhD, Professor of Neuropsychology at The University of Texas at Austin, the supplement is a novel guide to how Alzheimer dementia may be approached and managed right now, not years from now. It includes 23 articles contributed by an international group of noted AD experts. "This issue will be of interest to established researchers and young investigators seeking a broader knowledge of the AD problem, as well as to clinicians who deal with elderly patients or with individuals who may show up at their clinics as outpatients showing signs of cognitive dysfunction," notes Dr. de la Torre.

Coverage of detection includes insightful reviews and discussions of techniques and strategies that seek ways to identify AD before it starts, such as risk factors to dementia, retinal pathology, cardiovascular disorders, neurocognitive testing, assorted brain markers, hemodynamic changes, and neuroimaging assorted brain lesions.

In the area of prevention, investigators explore how a multidisciplinary approach involving brain and heart specialists can better create a plan of intervention for patients at risk of AD or for people presenting preclinical signs of dementia. Additional reviews in prevention include risk assessments to dementia, lifestyle and cognitive counseling to maintain normal cognition, and established preventive techniques that can help delay AD onset.

The final topic centers on pre-clinical AD treatment. Contributions suggest how effective pre-clinical treatments of AD offer the hope of significantly lowering skyrocketing incidence while extending healthcare and quality of life.

While these treatments are still at the experimental stage, they may offer a departure from the failed attempts of amyloid-beta therapy. As an example, a team of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin led by Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Lima have demonstrated that oral administration of methylene blue, a substance used since the 19th century to treat many medical disorders, lessens learning and memory loss in rats with a poor blood supply to the brain caused by chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion in older people has been shown to be an important risk factor in Alzheimer's disease. Methylene blue appears to improve memory and learning in these animals by increasing mitochondrial energy activity in the brain. Mitochondrial energy dysfunction in the brain is not uncommon during advanced aging in the presence of disorders such as carotid occlusion, hypertension, brain trauma, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Mitochondrial respiration leading to cognitive decline is also affected years before the onset of Alzheimer's disease in predisposed individuals. The results of this study suggests that daily oral administration of low dose methylene blue USP in elderly people at risk of Alzheimer's disease can be a useful treatment to fight Alzheimer's and prevent the start of memory decline or the beginning stages of the disease.

According to Dr de la Torre, "It seems an auspicious moment to open a dialogue between those pursuing a treatment for AD and those favoring prevention of this dementia. Such a dialogue could lead to a more effective course of action in confronting the needs of AD patients and those at risk of developing this disorder. The reviews contained in this supplementary issue of JAD may set the stage for such a discourse and in addition, provide some viable tracks on the road to discovering a realistic pathway for coping with this grim disorder."

 

Source and Thank you to - http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-12-effective-tools-alzheimer-disease.html

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Oct 20
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Glen Campbell Shares Alzheimer's Struggle in Song: "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"

Legendary singer and songwriter Glen Campbell has been battling Alzheimer’s disease for years, and is now in the final stages of the disease. Campbell has been moved to 24-hour care, as his doctors have determined that he is in the sixth stage of Alzheimer’s (‘severe cognitive decline”).

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Nov 04
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Navigating The Journey That Is Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease affects 5.2 million people in our country and, by 2050, the number could increase to 15 million. They call it "the long good-bye". Every 69 seconds someone receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or another type of dementia. One out of every 2 families in the U.S. has a member with the disease and the chance of developing it doubles every 5 years after the age of 65. Early onset Alzheimer's (affecting people in their 40s, 50s and early 60s) is also becoming more common. Over the average 8 to 10 year course of the disease the cost to the family can be devastating - physically, emotionally and financially. Before bringing a premature end to the lives of its victims it almost invariably robs them of memories, ability to function, relationships and dignity.

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