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The Serious Toll of Alzheimer’s

A new report suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may kill far more people than previously thought, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States, along with heart disease and cancer. Alzheimer’s is currently listed as the … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s and the Hygiene Hypothesis

Can all our efforts at cleanliness and fighting germs be contributing to the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s? A new study suggests it might. The findings, published in the journal Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, come from researchers in Britain, who … Continue reading

Buddy Programs Pair Medical Students with People with Alzheimer’s

Programs that pair medical students with people with Alzheimer’s are gaining popularity at medical schools across the country. By allowing students to spend time with and get to know people with dementia, the programs increase awareness of what it’s like … Continue reading

High Blood Sugar Is Linked to Dementia

High blood sugar levels, a precursor of diabetes, were tied to an increased risk of dementia in older men and women. The findings are worrisome since so many people have diabetes, obesity or high blood sugar levels, all of which … Continue reading

Anemia Tied to Dementia Risk

Anemia, a common condition in the elderly marked by low numbers of red blood cells, may increase the risk of dementia, a new study shows. “Anemia occurs in up to 23 percent of adults ages 65 and older,” said study … Continue reading

Can Vitamin E Slow Alzheimer’s Decline?

An intriguing new study suggests that vitamin E supplements may be helpful to patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Those who took the vitamin were better able to carry out activities like getting dressed, bathing and having a meal … Continue reading

Managing a Difficult Hospital Stay

For many people, a visit to the hospital is stressful. For someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be frightening. It’s important that families know how they can make hospital stays less daunting for loved ones who have the illness. The … Continue reading

To Diagnose or Not To Diagnose

Common Questions about Finding Answers When Arizona resident Susan Christianson’s* memory lapses went from annoying to concerning, she and her husband decided to raise the issue with their primary care physician. The doctor examined Ms. Christianson, then 73, and referred … Continue reading

Judy Collins

The Power of Music For more than fifty years, Judy Collins has wooed the world with hits such as “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns.” Now age 74, the Grammy award-winning singer shows no signs of slowing down. … Continue reading

Handling Difficult Emotions

Coping with emotional outbursts in Alzheimer’s patients Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s can be difficult. And when the person you’re caring for gets upset and has an emotional outburst, it’s even harder. “It’s very hard for well-intentioned family members … Continue reading

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