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How the MIND Diet Feeds the Brain

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You may already be aware that your lifestyle and dietary choices can help contribute to good health and better quality of life as you age. But did you know that eating or avoiding certain foods can lead to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s by a whopping 53%? A recent study from Rush University demonstrated that subjects who stuck to a specific food plan – the MIND diet – experienced up to a 53% red...
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Social Engagement May Help Slow Dementia

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According to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, public engagement and civic activity helps the memory center in aging brains maintain its size and in some cases even grow larger. This new research recently appeared in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association and was drawn from a study of a Baltimore based program that matches...
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Coping with Behavioral Changes in Alzheimer’s Patients

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Most of us associate Alzheimer’s disease with the well-known and tragic symptoms of forgetfulness, mental confusion and memory loss. Certainly, early signs of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can include memory impairment, confusion, social withdrawal, disorientation and difficulty with words and communicating. Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die which results in impaired memor...
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Alzheimer’s May Improve Creative Skills

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An interesting new study by researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) confirms what those who care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have long observed. “Our study shows that individuals with dementia can display new creative behaviors and skills despite also experiencing the cognitive and functional decline that is typical of dementia,” says lead author Associate Professor...
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Alzheimer’s Experts Shift Focus from Research to Prevention

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Everyone is hoping for the miracle cure that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Significant research resources are aimed at finding this miracle cure to help the estimated 16 million people expected to become afflicted with Alzheimer’s by 2050. But Alzheimer’s disease is not an inevitability for all older people, even those considered to be at high risk. While som...
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Difficulties Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

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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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Brain Health Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

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The ancient practice of yoga that originated in India thousands of years ago is becoming increasingly popular today. Many people understand yoga to be a series of physical poses that promote flexibility. But practitioners of the ancient art know that yoga also builds muscle strength and tone, and improves posture, alignment, blood circulation, breathing and joint health. And the benefits go beyond...
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Is it Alzheimer’s or Just Forgetfulness?

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We all forget things from time to time. You might occasionally misplace your keys or forget the name of someone you just met. When forgetfulness starts becoming more frequent, is it a sign of Alzheimer’s? The characteristic symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include more than just occasional forgetfulness. Other signs that may indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s disease include the decline of fam...
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Can Obesity in Adolescence Influence Cognitive Function in Adulthood?

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We are all well aware of the many negative health consequences associated with obesity and having a high Body Mass Index, or BMI. Body Mass Index is a calculation of a person’s weight divided by the square of their height. A high BMI is associated with being overweight or obese. A number of studies have already documented how obesity in adults can affect cognitive function but, until recently, ...
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A Three-Step Mantra for Living with Alzheimer’s

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In this inspirational video from the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Ronan Smith frankly discusses his personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease, first through caring for his father who was diagnosed in the 1980s, then as a patient when he himself was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. Smith, a former actor and now an outspoken advocate for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers, describes the...
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