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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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Understanding the Progression of Alzheimer’s

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With Alzheimer’s disease now afflicting more than 5 million Americans, most people are familiar with the common characteristics of the disease which can begin as mild forgetfulness and progress to more serious symptoms such as difficulty with thinking, loss of language skills, mental confusion and severe memory loss. But a good deal of misunderstanding about the disease persists, including what...
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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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High Meat Consumption Linked to Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

The so-called “Western Diet” is associated with high intakes of red meat, salt, sweets, high-fat dairy and “junk” foods, along with low levels of fruits, grains and vegetables. This dietary pattern has been linked to a host of negative health effects – sometimes referred to as “Western Diseases” – which include heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Now, a new report p...
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Behavior Changes May Be an Early Indicator of Alzheimer’s

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The onset of Alzheimer’s disease is typically characterized as increasing memory loss, growing forgetfulness, and difficulty with concentration and reasoning. While many people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease do exhibit these symptoms, some people present changes in personality or behavior before any memory-related issues are evident. Researchers from the University of Calgary in Can...
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Can Chocolate Protect You From Dementia?

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Many of us turn to chocolate as a comfort food or for an occasional treat. But you may also have heard that eating chocolate can provide some real health benefits. Chocolate contains compounds that have been shown to be beneficial for heart health, lowering blood pressure, fighting inflammation, and decreasing “bad” cholesterol levels. Now, researchers believe that regular, moderate consumption of...
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Exercise for a Healthy Brain

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Everyone knows how important it is to be physically active. Some of the many physical benefits of regular exercise include improved strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and coordination. Exercise can also help with managing weight and controlling risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and stroke. On the other hand, lack of activity can have seriou...
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How Running Improves Memory Function

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It is no secret that exercise has many benefits for both physical and mental well-being, and doctors have long been touting the value of aerobic exercise for both cardiovascular and brain health. Aerobic exercise has been shown to keep cognitive abilities from declining and reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Regular exercise is often credited with relieving stress, reducing risk of stro...
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Can Improving Hearing Impact Cognitive Health?

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A slow loss of hearing ability is generally viewed as a normal and accepted part of aging. It is an unfortunate reality many of us will face as we get older. About two-thirds of Americans experience some hearing loss by the time they reach their 70s. It is perceived to be so inevitable that many do not seek any treatment or remedy for hearing loss. In fact, less than 15-20 percent of people diagno...
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Talking to Kids About a Dementia Diagnosis

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Dealing with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is a challenge for both the patient and their loved ones. But even as you and your loved ones learn to come to terms with the diagnosis, don’t forget to keep the children in your life involved. While you may feel an impulse to protect children from the situation, trying to hide the truth could make things worse. Children are often keen...
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