Difficulties Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging for physicians to detect at an early stage if patients themselves do not recognize the warning signs or are reluctant to communicate their concerns. Often, it is family members or friends who observe signs of dementia even before the patient is aware they have a problem. There is still no definitive test for detecting Alzheimer’s disease, so a careful medi...
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A “Sniff Test” May Enhance Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine have found that using a simple “sniff test” could boost the accuracy of diagnosing cognitive impairment. Scientists are already aware that individuals in early stages of Alzheimer’s find their sense of smell quickly deteriorates. Researchers found that when administering standard cognitive tests, adding a sniff test in ...
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6 Tips for Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful and scary. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning it cannot be reversed or cured. However, some medications available today can help alleviate symptoms for some patients in earlier stages of the disease. Understanding what to expect can help individuals adjust to living with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s News Today offers the follo...
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Can Speaking a Second Language Protect Against Alzheimer’s?

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A recent study, “The impact of bilingualism on brain reserve and metabolic connectivity in Alzheimer’s dementia,” which appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that speaking more than one language may protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease. In the study, bilingual subjects performed significantly better on memory tests than their single-language peer...
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Healthy, Easy and Pleasant: Tips for Maintaining Good Nutrition

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Good nutrition can be challenging for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Patients may lose track of mealtimes, skip meals or simply eat or drink less than they used to. They may forget how to use utensils, not recognize certain foods, have difficulty chewing and swallowing, or lose their appetites due to medications or diminishing enjoyment of food. Poor nutrition can lead to in...
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High Blood Sugar Levels May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

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It is well known that having too much sugar in the blood for long periods can lead to hyperglycemia which can contribute to increased risks of organ damage, heart attack and stroke, vision problems, and diabetes complications. Scientists have also known that people with diabetes are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease but the connection between the two remained unclear. Researcher...
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Impaired Speech Processing Ability May Signal Early Dementia

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Most of us associate the onset of dementia with increasing forgetfulness and other memory issues. But a recent study finds that hearing and communications problems could also indicate early dementia. A joint research effort by Baycrest Health Sciences and the University of Memphis found that by using an electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure activity in brain regions that process speech, signs o...
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Music Listening and Meditation May Help Reverse or Slow Cognitive Decline

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A study conducted by a West Virginia University research team found that listening to music or meditating for 12 minutes daily can significantly improve cognitive performance. Participants in the study, considered at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease due to a level of subjective cognitive decline, were assigned to either beginner meditation or music listening sessions for 12 minutes ...
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Visiting a Person with Alzheimer’s

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Visiting someone with Alzheimer’s is an importance aspect of their care and overall well-being.  Even if they are otherwise healthy and all their medical needs are being met, don’t underestimate the power of a personal visit.  As with most aspects of Alzheimer’s, it isn’t the memory of the visit that they will value, but the feelings and emotions that are conveyed and expressed. When visiting s...
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Alzheimer’s and The Importance of Reminiscing

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Someone with Alzheimer’s may forget a discussion from a few minutes earlier, yet recall an entire conversation from 50 years ago.  This is because the disease effects the short-term memory first.  The result is difficulty in everyday communication. For people with Alzheimer’s, their inability to communicate effectively has a ripple effect on their lives.  They begin to feel disconnected fro...
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