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Caregiving

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

 

Reddit community helps find missing mom with Alzheimer’s

A Reddit user posted a plea on the link-sharing site Tuesday after his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, disappeared from the family’s New York City apartment. The user, joshgoldberg89, provided photos and a description of his mother, May, and … 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

 

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Diagnosis & Causes

How Having a Parent With Alzheimer’s May Affect Your Risk

A new study shows that those who have two parents with Alzheimer’s are at increased risk of showing brain changes typical of the disease, in some cases decades before Alzheimer’s symptoms would typically appear. Those who had either a mother … Continue reading

 

High Blood Pressure in Midlife Raises Dementia Risk

People with high blood pressure in middle age are more likely to suffer from thinking and memory problems in old age, raising their risk of dementia. Those are the findings of a large new study that looked at men and … Continue reading

 

Veterans With Brain Injuries at Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

Veterans who have survived traumatic brain injuries are 60 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia later in life, a new study found. Those who developed dementia also tended to develop it about two years … Continue reading

 

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Drugs & Treatment

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

 

Petri Dish Breakthrough May Hasten Search for Treatments and a Cure

A team of Boston scientists have discovered a way to grow human brain cells in a petri dish, which will open the door for much faster testing of Alzheimer’s drug candidates. By Sam Gaines They’re calling it “Alzheimer’s in a … Continue reading

 

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Prevention & Wellness

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

 

Low Vitamin D Raises Alzheimer’s Risk

Low levels of vitamin D — specifically, the form of vitamin D known as vitamin D3 — may double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, a new study reports. The findings come from the largest … Continue reading

 

How Singing Can Help People With Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s disease often tend to speak less as the disease progresses, and speech can become increasingly confused. Now a small study suggests that singing familiar songs can boost positive feelings and encourage speech and social interaction in those … Continue reading

 

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