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Managing Aggressive Behavior in People with Alzheimer’s — Without Medication

Difficult behaviors, such as agitation, aggression, are common in people with Alzheimer’s disease. “Often, more than memory loss, behavioral symptoms of dementia are among the most difficult aspects of caring for people with dementia. The symptoms are experienced almost universally, across dementia stages and causes,” according to Dr Helen C Kales, head of the University…

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New Blood Test Developed for Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia which destroys brain cells and tissue. As this degenerative disorder progresses, this damage spreads, causing confusion, memory loss, and diminished cognitive function. According to estimates from the National Institute on Aging, approximately 6 million adults in the United States are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. Analysis of…

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New Recommendations for Diagnosing Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association has released twenty recommendations for best practices in diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). The recommendations were reported at the Chicago Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Crucial components of the recommendations include a warning against dismissing concerns as “normal aging,” suggesting instead that all concerns about mental, behavioral, and functional changes be…

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New Research Reveals Genetic Mechanism that Affect Alzheimer’s

Scientists are constantly trying to uncover the precise mechanisms which cause Alzheimer’s, hoping that an understanding will allow them to develop ways of protecting against this frightening disease. A fundamental feature of Alzheimer’s Disease is the accumulation of toxic proteins in the brain. These proteins form clusters of plaque that disrupt the ability of brain…

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Slowing the Decline in Cognitive Function

In a recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association it was noted that in the United States, 15% to 20%  of adults over the age of 65 suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Individuals suffering from MCI have a far greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Mild cognitive impairment denotes a decline in standard…

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The Diabetes-Alzheimer’s Connection

One in three US seniors will die with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. One in four seniors has type 2 diabetes. The incidence of these diseases, both associated with older age, is expected to escalate as the Baby Boomers age. But here’s a question that’s never been asked before: is there any interaction between the two…

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“Social Capital” Helps Seniors Retain Brain Function

Everyone is advised to save money for retirement. But as people grow older, their financial capital is not the only determinant of their health; there “social” capital is also important for their well-being, both physical and emotional. This is especially the case when it comes to preserving brain function. “Social capital” refers to how much…

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The Connection between Blood Pressure and Dementia

We often think of diseases in terms of which part of the body they affect: there are heart diseases, cognitive diseases, diseases of the joints. But the truth is that the body is one giant system, and a disease that seems to affect on part may also impact another. Such is the case with high…

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