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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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