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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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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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