Category Archives: Alzheimer’s Daily News

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How Mild Cognitive Impairment Affects Day-to-Day Living


(Source: Alzinfo.org) – People with Alzheimer’s disease often have trouble remembering things like important dates or whether they took their medications, a problem that can disrupt day-to-day activities and planning. The same problems are also common in those with mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, which often precedes Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the New York State Psychiatric Institute surveyed nearly 400 men and women with MCI, 200 with early Alzheimer’s disease, and 229 healthy controls. They asked participants about two areas [...]

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Dementia Care Means Expecting the Unexpected


(Source: Huffington Post) – Estelle Kearon, in her 90s and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, insisted that she had to hurry out of her New York City apartment to catch a No. 2 subway train – something she had done decades ago. Unable to dissuade her from leaving or to coax her back into today’s reality, her longtime home health aide went along with her wishes. “I finally said, ‘Okay, let’s go,’” said Wilma. “We walked down the hallway to the [...]

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When Dementia Derails Your Parent’s Finances


(Source: TIME Healthland) – Jill’s father, who recently passed away, had suffered from dementia for more than a year, but no one picked up on it until the disease had progressed and her dad had stopped tending to household finances. Bills were unpaid, investments were in disarray and random payments had been made to charities he’d never supported before. Jill spent long hours trying to unravel and correct the financial chaos he’d inadvertently created in the months before he died. [...]

Dolls Soothe Dementia Sufferers


(Source: Delhi News-Record) – A controversial therapy has met great success at the Delhi Long Term Care Centre. Doll therapy refers to the use of life-like dolls in the lives of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. The style of therapy has been around for decades, but is sometimes criticized for demeaning or belittling elderly adults. Dementia patients often act on instinct instead of reason, which can sometimes lead to destructive behavior. When dolls are introduced they can significantly improve the behavior [...]

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High Blood Caffeine Levels in Older Adults Linked to Avoidance of Alzheimer’s


(Source: ScienceBlog) – Those cups of coffee that you drink every day to keep alert may have an extra perk. A recent study monitoring the memory and thinking processes of people older than 65 found that all those with higher blood caffeine levels avoided the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in the two-to-four years of study follow-up. Moreover, coffee appeared to be the major or only source of caffeine for these individuals. Go to full story: http://scienceblog.com

Is Your Home Alzheimer’s Proof?


Source: AlzCareBlog) – Have you looked around your home recently to make sure it’s safe for your loved one with Alzheimer’s? Here are some suggestions: Identify, intervene and plan for driving safety. And then, hide your car keys (they may trigger a desire to drive even if the individual with memory loss has stopped driving). If you have firearms in your home, keep them in a locked cabinet without the ammunition. Monitor your loved one’s movements in the house and [...]

Participate in the World Alzheimer Report 2012 Alzheimer’s Survey


As part of the development of the World Alzheimer Report 2012, to be launched on September 21, ADI is conducting a survey of people with dementia and family or informal carers to find out their opinion and experience of stigma related to dementia. The survey is available in English and Spanish. The intended audience is only people with dementia and family or informal carers. The survey will only be available until June 17, 2012. The survey can be found at [...]

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A Breakthrough in Disease Detection


(Source: Firstpost Technology) – A breakthrough in nanotechnology would boost a lab test’s sensitivity more than three-million-fold, vastly improving early detection of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders, a study reveals. It involves a common biological test called an immunoassay, which mimics the action of the immune system to detect the presence of biomarkers – the chemicals linked with diseases. It would enable doctors to detect the lowest ever concentrations of telltale markers than was previously practical, the journals Nanotechnology [...]

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Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Promise


(Source: Fayetteville Observer) – The key to successfully treating – and maybe reversing – Alzheimer’s disease may be closer than we realize. Dr. Ben Bahr, a biotechnology professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, has discovered a drug that he says can slow and even reverse the progression of the disease. Lysosomes act as “garbage disposals,” ridding brain cells of the toxic proteins, Bahr said. But as a person ages, lysosomes become less active, causing the build-ups of [...]

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Alzheimer’s Protein Structure Suggests New Treatment Directions


(Source:ScienceDaily ) – Vanderbilt University investigators report that the molecular structure of a protein involved in Alzheimer’s disease – and the discovery that it binds cholesterol – could lead to new therapeutics for the disease. Charles Sanders, PhD, and colleagues determined the structure of part of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) – the source of amyloid-beta believed to trigger Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid-beta clumps together into oligomers that kill neurons, causing dementia and memory loss. The amyloid-beta oligomers form plaques in [...]

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