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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

Feeling Lonely Increases Alzheimer’s Risk

Older people who report feeling lonely are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to a new study from the Netherlands. The subjective feeling of being isolated and alone appeared to be a risk factor … 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

 

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

 

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Drugs & Treatment

Blood Test Offers Hope for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

A novel blood test offers hope for diagnosing Alzheimer’s at its earliest stages, up to 10 years before symptoms like memory loss and confusion take hold. The test needs additional study but, if proven effective, could be useful for identifying … Continue reading

 

Brain ‘Pacemaker’ Is Being Tested for Alzheimer’s Disease

Surgeons are testing a procedure called deep brain stimulation for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The technique, which acts like a pacemaker for the brain, has shown promise in easing the movement problems and other symptoms of … Continue reading

 

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

 

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Prevention & Wellness

Moderate Drinking Can Be Good for the Aging Brain

Men and women who drink moderately in older age may have better memory than those who abstain from alcohol, a new study shows. The findings suggest that moderate alcohol consumption late in life may have beneficial effects on the brain. … 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

 

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

 

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