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Can Exercise Help Curb Dementia? One Study Says No

Can Exercise Help Curb Dementia? One Study Says No

Latest Alzheimers News THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that moderate or even rigorous exercise won’t slow mental decline in older people with dementia. People with early dementia were able to follow an exercise regimen and boost their physical fitness. But that did not translate into “improvements in cognitive impairment, […]

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Poor Seniors May Be More Vulnerable to Dementia

Poor Seniors May Be More Vulnerable to Dementia

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimers News WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Being poor later in life may boost the risk of dementia by 50 percent, new research suggests. “Our study confirms that the risk of dementia is reduced among well-off older people compared with those who have fewer economic resources,” said lead […]

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Parkinson’s, dementia: Is this the key to preventive therapy?

Parkinson’s, dementia: Is this the key to preventive therapy?

Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies are both characterized by impaired brain function tied to neural death. A landmark new study has identified how a main culprit behind neuron damage — the alpha-synuclein protein — harms the neurons. A new ‘groundbreaking study’ may help us to understand what drives neural damage in Parkinson’s disease […]

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Making Life With Dementia More Bearable

Making Life With Dementia More Bearable

Latest Alzheimers News THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When loved ones develop dementia, it’s hard to know how to make their lives better. But now researchers have pinpointed ways to help these folks live as well as possible. “While many investigations focus on prevention and better treatments, it’s equally vital that we understand […]

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New dementia risk factors uncovered

New dementia risk factors uncovered

Using a large and comprehensive database, researchers unearth new combinations of factors that increase the risk of dementia later in life. The findings could help clinicians to spot at-risk people. Advanced statistical methods give new insight into dementia risk factors. Dementia is a growing concern. Because the population is aging and living longer lives is […]

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When Do You Take Guns From Someone With Dementia?

When Do You Take Guns From Someone With Dementia?

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimers News TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A diagnosis of dementia often triggers discussions about how to keep that person safe as the disease advances, but one serious safety concern that may be overlooked is gun ownership. Somewhere between 40 percent and 60 percent of people with dementia […]

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New molecule may stop Alzheimer’s from spreading

New molecule may stop Alzheimer’s from spreading

A compound called cambinol shows great promise as a future Alzheimer’s drug. The molecule has halted the spread of the toxic brain protein tau in cell cultures and mice. People living with Alzheimer’s may soon benefit from new drugs that can stop the disease from spreading throughout the brain. A brain protein called tau is […]

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‘Smart Dresser’ Might Help Alzheimer’s Patients Clothe Themselves

‘Smart Dresser’ Might Help Alzheimer’s Patients Clothe Themselves

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimers News FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Dementia can turn even the simple task of getting dressed into a Herculean ordeal. But an experimental automated system called “DRESS” might someday ease that challenge. Using available technology, the system might enable patients to dress themselves without a human assistant. […]

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‘What’s That Word?’ Fitness Helps Seniors Find It

‘What’s That Word?’ Fitness Helps Seniors Find It

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimers News MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Can’t recall that word that’s on the tip of your tongue? Exercise might help. Physical activity is tied to a host of benefits. Now, a small study finds that healthy older people who exercise regularly have fewer problems with word retrieval. […]

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Music May Calm the Agitation of Alzheimer’s

Music May Calm the Agitation of Alzheimer’s

Latest Alzheimers News MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Music therapy might help ease the anxiety and agitation that plagues many Alzheimer’s patients, researchers suggest. “People with dementia are confronted by a world that is unfamiliar to them, which causes disorientation and anxiety,” said study co-author Dr. Jeff Anderson, an associate professor of radiology […]