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Can Exercise Help Curb Dementia? One Study Says No

Posted 9 days ago by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – A new study suggests that moderate or even rigorous exercise won't slow mental decline in older people with dementia. People with early dementia were able to follow an exercise regimen and boost their physical fitness. But that did not translate into "improvements in cognitive impairment, activities in daily living, behavior, or health-related quality of life," according ...

Poor Seniors May Be More Vulnerable to Dementia

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WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – Being poor later in life may boost the risk of dementia by 50 percent, new research suggests. "Our study confirms that the risk of dementia is reduced among well-off older people compared with those who have fewer economic resources," said lead researcher Dorina Cadar. "Public health strategies for dementia prevention should target socioeconomic gaps to reduce health ...

Making Life With Dementia More Bearable

Posted 16 days ago by

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – When loved ones develop dementia, it's hard to know how to make their lives better. But now researchers have pinpointed ways to help these folks live as well as possible. "While many investigations focus on prevention and better treatments, it's equally vital that we understand how we can optimize quality of life for the 50 million people worldwide who have dementia," ...

When Do You Take Guns From Someone With Dementia?

Posted 18 days ago by

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – A diagnosis of dementia often triggers discussions about how to keep that person safe as the disease advances, but one serious safety concern that may be overlooked is gun ownership. Somewhere between 40 percent and 60 percent of people with dementia have access to firearms in their homes, according to an editorial in the May 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. And ...

'Smart Dresser' Might Help Alzheimer's Patients Clothe Themselves

Posted 4 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 – Dementia can turn even the simple task of getting dressed into a Herculean ordeal. But an experimental automated system called "DRESS" might someday ease that challenge. Using available technology, the system might enable patients to dress themselves without a human assistant. A just completed laboratory trial assessed the system's ability to use video cameras, tablets, ...

'What's That Word?' Fitness Helps Seniors Find It

Posted 1 May 2018 by

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Can't recall that word that's on the tip of your tongue? Exercise might help. Physical activity is tied to a host of benefits. Now, a small study finds that healthy older people who exercise regularly have fewer problems with word retrieval. "Tip-of-the-tongue moments are very noticeable. They are irritating and embarrassing," said lead researcher Katrien Segaert. These ...

Mid-Life Stresses May Be Tied to Late-Life Dementia Risk

Posted 1 May 2018 by

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Anxiety during middle age might signal impending dementia, a new analysis suggests. Although millions of Americans suffer from moderate to severe anxiety, it's not clear how it is linked to dementia or if treatment could nullify the risk, British researchers say. "We investigated anxiety levels that are significant enough to warrant being clinically diagnosed with ...

Music May Calm the Agitation of Alzheimer's

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Music therapy might help ease the anxiety and agitation that plagues many Alzheimer's patients, researchers suggest. "People with dementia are confronted by a world that is unfamiliar to them, which causes disorientation and anxiety," said study co-author Dr. Jeff Anderson, an associate professor of radiology at the University of Utah Health. "We believe music will tap ...

Too Much Sitting Could Raise Brain Risks

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – There's been lots of research into how too many hours lounging on chairs and sofas can harm the heart. Now, researchers say all that sitting might be bad for your brain, too. A new study found that too much time spent sitting was correlated with an unhealthy "thinning" of tissue in a key brain area tied to memory. And it appears that the link isn't simply due to the fact ...

The Focus Shifts in Alzheimer's Research

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 – The way that Alzheimer's disease is defined for research should be based on brain changes rather than symptoms. That's what leading Alzheimer's scientists are proposing in what could be a major policy change for investigating the brain-robbing illness. "We have to focus on biological or physical targets to zero in on potential treatments for Alzheimer's," explained Dr. ...

Sleepless Nights Show Ties To Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 9 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 – Even one night of lost sleep may cause the brain to fill with protein chunks that have long been linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, a new study warns. People deprived of sleep for one night experience an immediate and significant increase in beta amyloid, a substance that clumps together between neurons to form plaques that hamper the brain's ability to ...

Older Brains Replenish Cells Just Like Young Brains: Study

Posted 5 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 – Contrary to popular thought, older adults' brains can churn out just as many new cells as younger brains do, a new study suggests. Using autopsied brain tissue, researchers found that healthy older adults had the same capacity to create new cells in the brain's hippocampus region as young adults did. The hippocampus is involved in regulating memory and emotions, and it ...

Concern for Employer, Insurance Discrimination for Alzheimer's Patients

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – U.S. adults express concerns about discrimination by employers and insurance for patients with Alzheimer's disease dementia, according to a study published online March 27 in Alzheimer's & Dementia. Shana D. Stites, Psy.D., from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues examined the prevalence of beliefs, attitudes, and expectations about ...

Scientists Remove Alzheimer's Brain Plaques in Mice

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – New animal research shines a light on a therapy designed to rid the brain of much of the sticky amyloid plaque associated with early stage Alzheimer's disease. Experts have long viewed plaque buildup as a largely symptomless marker for future Alzheimer's risk, with many believing the process is a root cause of the disease. But unlike prior anti-amyloid efforts, the new ...

The High Costs of Alzheimer's

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Sharp increases in Alzheimer's disease cases, deaths and costs are stressing the U.S. health care system and caregivers, a new report reveals. About 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease – 5.5 million of them aged 65 and older. By 2025, the number of seniors with Alzheimer's could reach 7.1 million, up nearly 29 percent. And, if no new treatments are found, ...

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