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In Advanced Alzheimer’s, Too Many Medications

More than half of nursing home residents with advanced Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia are taking at least one prescription drug they do not need. The findings come from a countrywide survey of 460 nursing homes that linked … Continue reading

Rare Case Offers Hope for New Alzheimer’s Therapies

For about 20 years, the gene known as APOE has been recognized as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. People who inherit a variant of the APOE gene known as APOE-E4 from a parent are at up to five times … Continue reading

Grilled Meat May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

You may want to think twice before throwing the steaks on the grill. A new report suggests that compounds formed when meats are grilled or broiled may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Grilled meats have been tied to other … Continue reading

Pills for Anxiety and Sleep Linked to Alzheimer’s

Long-term use of benzodiazepine medications, widely used to ease anxiety and promote sleep, is tied to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a study of elderly men and women living in Canada found. But whether or not these drugs are … Continue reading

Memory Slips May Predict Dementia Years Later

People who worry that their memory is slipping are more likely than their peers without memory concerns to develop Alzheimer’s disease years later, a new study found. The findings confirm earlier reports that subjective memory complaints may predict a future … Continue reading

Feelings Linger as Memory Fades

People with Alzheimer’s disease may not recall a visit from a loved one. But feelings from the visit may linger long after the person has gone, a new study has found. The study, from researchers at the University of Iowa, … Continue reading

Antidepressant Shows Benefits, and Risks, for Agitation of Alzheimer’s

Agitation is a common problem in people in the more advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but there are few effective treatments to deal with those who have it. Now a new study found that the antidepressant drug citalopram (brand names … Continue reading

Six Medical Tests and Treatments That People With Alzheimer’s May Not Need

Doctors who specialize in treating elderly patients have compiled a list of common medical practices that consumers should talk to their doctors about. Many of their recommendations may be especially relevant for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of … Continue reading

Coordinated Care Lets Alzheimer’s Patients Stay at Home Longer

Elderly men and women with Alzheimer’s and other serious memory problems who got home visits and care assessments from a nurse and memory care coordinator were able to remain at home much longer than those who didn’t get such visits, … Continue reading

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. At current rates, experts believe the number of Americans living with … Continue reading

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