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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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Testing for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

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The familiar symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetfulness, speech difficulties, confusion and inability to form memories. But the telltale biological markers of Alzheimer’s disease begin to take hold in the brain well before any of these outward signs become apparent. In Alzheimer’s patients, amyloid plaques and tangles of tau proteins form and accumulate in the brain which can lead to...
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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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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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How Rehabilitation Can Help People with Dementia

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Patients with physical injuries or impairments can turn to physical therapy or rehabilitation to help them improve or regain physical functioning. But according to Linda Clare, Professor of Clinical Psychology of Aging and Dementia at the University of Exeter, cognitive rehabilitation can be just as important for dementia and cognitive impairment. While we have come a long way in recognizing th...
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Can Mild Exercise Delay Cognitive Decline?

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Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health recently found in a study that mild exercise, in the form of walking for 30 minutes four times per week, resulted in detectable changes in brain regions believed to be related to cognitive impairment. All study participants engaged in the same walking program for the three-month study. One group of participants was comprised of h...
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Cognitive Benefits of Sleep

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Everyone enjoys waking up refreshed after a good night’s sleep. Although it seems your brain and body have shut down during this period, your brain is quite actively performing many critical functions during sleep. This is why it is so important to get regular uninterrupted quality sleep so that your brain has a chance to perform essential tasks during the night. Trash Removal. When you are asl...
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Alzheimer’s and Animal-Assisted Therapy

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Alzheimer’s and Animal-Assisted Therapy Anyone who owns a pet knows the value of that relationship.  Pets offer companionship and love, and even lower blood pressure and heart rate.  Increasingly, there are many studies that show how important the person-animal relationship can be for people living with Alzheimer’s. When Alzheimer’s patients spend time with animals (dogs, cats, fish, birds...
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Nutrition Tips for Alzheimer’s

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Getting proper nutrition can be challenging for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s patients may lose track of mealtimes and skip meals or simply eat and drink less than they used to. People with Alzheimer’s can experience difficulty with eating as cognitive functioning declines. They may forget how to use utensils, not recognize or no longer enjoy some fo...
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Your Brain: Use It or Lose It

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It might make intuitive sense that the more you use your brain – engaging in activities like problem-solving and complex learning – the better it will continue to function as you age. We tend to think of exercising the brain in the same way as physical exercise: the less physically or mentally active you are, the more strength and ability is lost. In other words: use it or lose it. This idea, l...
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