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Stay Active, Keep the Brain Healthy?
As the brain ages, some mental skills may suffer. Staying physically active may be linked to keeping the brain healthy into old age.
Caregiving: Trusting in Self
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be stressful. Believing in yourself and having spiritual beliefs may help offset some of the stress. A recent study found that two qualities worked together to help dementia caregivers deal with stress.
Will MCI Become Dementia?
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a loss of memory and thinking skills, and it can progress to dementia in some people. But, we don’t know why some people with MCI remain stable.
Can Alzheimer’s Disease Be Prevented?
The number of people with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is expected to rise. There are no treatments to prevent AD. A trial is planned to see if drugs may be able to stop the onset of AD.
Caring for Caregivers
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be hard. Caregiver support and training may be a good way for caregivers to take care of themselves.
Like Diabetes, Like Alzheimer's
The hormone insulin plays a central role in diabetes. Now, it seems the hormone may also play a role in the early signs of Alzheimer's disease.
Anti-Psychotics for Dementia, Yes or No?
Antipsychotic medications can be used to treat aggression and agitation in patients with dementia. They can have some unwanted side effects. But when the meds were stopped for a group of patients, symptoms returned.
Memory Loss - Plaques or Genes?
Plaques in the brain and some genes have been linked to risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). A recent study compared the effects of plaques and genes on memory.
Dementia Screening at Home
A new computer tool may allow people to screen for dementia at home and still let a doctor review the results. This new tool may give doctors a hand in diagnosing dementia.
An Apple a Day to Keep Dementia Away?
Tooth loss can get in the way of the ability to eat some foods, especially hard foods.  The ability to chew hard foods may be related to cognitive ability in the elderly.