About eight years ago my mom began to demonstrate personality changes and memory issues. Mummy, as we affectionately called her, was repeating herself, having difficulty communicating and had begun hoarding — plastic bags, Kleenex, pennies and even little pats of butter.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a gene variant that may be used to predict people most likely to respond to an investigational therapy under development for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study, published March 12 th 2015 in Cell Stem Cell , is based on experiments with cultured neurons derived from adult stem cells.
A Mayo Clinic study of brain aging found that being male was associated with worse memory and lower hippocampal volume in people who were cognitively normal at baseline, while the gene APOE ?4, a risk factor for Alzheimer disease, was not, according to an article published online March 16 2015 by JAMA Neurology .
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Older Men Have More Senior Moments Than Women Do
Scientists have discovered a skin test that may shed new light on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, according to a study released on February 24 th 2015 that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 18 th to 25 th 2015. The study showed that skin biopsies can be used to detect elevated levels of abnormal proteins found in the two diseases
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Skin Biopsy May Help Detect Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Scientists from the Gladstone Institutes and the University of California, San Francisco report in February 2015 in the Journal of Neuroscience that raising levels of the life-extending protein klotho can protect against learning and memory deficits in Alzheimer’s disease.
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Longevity Protein Protects Against Alzheimer’s
Editor’s note: Sundowning , the time of day when Alzheimer’s symptoms worsen, is often frustrating and debilitating for a caregiver as well as a patient. Here, from the National Institute on Aging, is a guide that offers strategies on how to cope: Late afternoon and early evening can be difficult for some people with Alzheimer’s disease. They may experience sundowning —restlessness, agitation, irritability, or confusion that can begin or worsen as daylight begins to fade—often just when tired caregivers need a break.
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Solving the Problem of "Sundowning": Tips for Caregivers
“SuperAgers” 80 and above have distinctly different looking brains than those of normal older people, according to research done at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago and published January 28 th 2015 in the Journal of Neuroscience . The study begins to reveal why the memories of these cognitively elite elders don’t suffer the usual ravages of time
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The Secrets of “SuperAger” Brains
A recent international survey identified Alzheimer’s as the second most feared disease, behind cancer. It’s no wonder. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by progressive damage to nerve cells and their connections
Can You Sidestep Alzheimer’s Disease?
Editor’s note: Alzheimer’s is one of the most frightening diseases in existence, and caring for a person with AD can be frustrating, heartbreaking and complicated. Here, experts from the National Institute on Aging offer coping strategies for caregivers who are dealing with a patient’s delusions, hallucinations and paranoia: As Alzheimer’s progresses, the person with AD may have hallucinations . During a hallucination, a person sees, hears, smells, tastes, or feels something that isn’t there
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How to Handle Hallucinations and Delusions in Alzheimer’s Patients
More than 15 million Americans – usually family members or friends – provide unpaid caregiving to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to a 2014 report by the Alzheimer’s Association. Although it’s wonderful so many are willing to assume that responsibility, it’s also important they take steps to make sure the home is a safe place, says Kerry Mills, co-author with Jennifer Brush of the book “I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People With Dementia.” Part of that is to focus on potential hazards. The concept is not unlike new parents making a house “childproof.” Many of the concerns are similar, such as stairs, electrical sockets, sharp objects and swimming pools.
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Taking the Right Precautions For A Family Member With Dementia