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Caregiving

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

 

Rhode Island Extends Paid Work Benefits to Caregivers

An innovative new law in Rhode Island, the Temporary Caregiver’s Insurance law, provides for paid time off for workers who must take time off from a job to care for a sick family member. The law will likely provide some … 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

New Drug Shows Mixed Results Against Early Alzheimer’s

A new drug designed to treat Alzheimer’s disease showed mixed results in a mid-stage study designed to test safety and effectiveness. The drug, crenezumab, showed some success in slowing the decline in thinking and memory skills in people in the … Continue reading

 

B Vitamins Fail to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Many people take B vitamins in the hopes of warding off Alzheimer’s disease and keeping the mind sharp. But a new analysis found that taking B vitamins did not slow mental decline with aging or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. … Continue reading

 

Second Brain Imaging Drug Approved for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new brain imaging drug for use in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, the second such drug to be approved for use in the United States. The approval expands options for those undergoing brain … Continue reading

 

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Prevention & Wellness

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

 

At Risk for Alzheimer’s? Exercise May Help

Physical activity may help to protect the brain in those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study showed. The findings suggest that exercise is good for the brain and may help to ward off Alzheimer’s and other forms … Continue reading

 

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