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Blocking inflammation prevents cell death, improves memory in Alzheimer’s disease

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 29, 2016 — Using a drug compound created to treat cancer, University of California, Irvine neurobiologists have disarmed the brain’s response to the distinctive beta-amyloid plaques that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

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University of Iowa study offers tools for dementia patients, caregivers

About two years ago, Patricia Boggs noticed something was off with her husband, Mike. He was agitated, nervous and forgetful.

The Sioux City couple started looking for answers, scheduling doctors appointments and meeting with specialists in Iowa and Nebraska. They eventually got a diagnosis: Alzheimer’s disease.

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Could music projects cut the cost of dementia care?

Sheer embarrassment was dementia care worker Lynda Kelly’s overwhelming emotion the first time she sat in on a Manchester Camerata orchestra music therapy session at the residential home where she works; but the lasting change she saw in the residents in response to the musicians was so great that she is now running weekly improvisation […]

Adult sons and daughters differ on dementia care responsibilities

You have hit on a topic which is dear to my heart through my research and clinical experience with families. This area is a fairly new frontier in the study of dementia care. We are just starting to understand how adult daughters and sons determine caregiving responsibilities for a parent with dementia. Many past studies […]

Communities strive to be ‘dementia-friendly’ as Alzheimer’s numbers grow

When Ron Grant was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he and his wife, Vicky, immediately shared the news with their church. “They are a wonderful group of people,” Grant says. “But for quite some time after that, we would come to church and someone would come up to Vicky, with me standing right next to her, and […]

Alzheimer’s Q&A: How to get parents to take their medications

I am having great difficulty in getting my mom to take her medications. Any advice?

It is not uncommon to face challenges when giving medications to an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It is helpful to avoid a battle of wills or angry, hostile encounters. Keep in mind that the resistance of an affected individual […]

Going to college can reduce your risk of developing dementia: Study

By studying and keeping your mind occupied in working towards your college degree can go a long way in reducing your risk of developing dementia. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that studying at least till college, making appropriate changes in your lifestyle by improving your physical health could eventually […]

Non-drug treatments for dementia

Non-pharmacological therapies can be effective in treating the symptoms of dementia. They can help with both behavioral symptoms and memory problems. They include aromatherapy, sensory stimulation, light therapy, herbal medicine, dietary supplements, acupuncture, homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic and reflexology.

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Dementia linked to NCDs

ALTHOUGH THE GREATEST known risk factor for dementia is increasing age, there is now a proven correlation between the disease and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Full Story

5 stages of Alzheimer’s

In talking with folks when their loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s one of the first questions I am asked is, “what’s going to happen? What are we looking at?” So this month, I thought I would try and answer that question. Please remember not everyone progresses the same way, so this will be […]