May 22, 2015

Behavior Influences Alzheimer's Risk


Anxious, jealous, moody or easy-going? 800 women were tracked by The American Academy of Neurology for nearly 40 years. See the associations they found between Alzheimer's and long-term behavior.

May 21, 2015

Does Sleep Apnea Cause Alzheimer's, Or Is it the Other Way Around?

Breathing patterns during sleep Research has long connected sleep apnea and Alzheimer's. A key study looking at sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and Alzheimer's opens new "chicken and egg questions": Which comes first? Just who is causing what?

May 20, 2015

Donepezil: Good Long-Term Medicine for Lewy Body Dementia

Donepezil (also known as Aricept®) is an approved Alzheimer's medication. That doesn't mean it's right for other types of dementia. The good news is that donepezil successfully passed a long-term trial for Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). Get the details on the positive results.

May 19, 2015

When Language Fails in Dementia, Use Music, Rhythm & Movement


Dementia in the middle-to-advanced stages diminishes communication & language. Watch Teepa Snow convey the power of music. See her demonstrate how to use rhythm and movement when language fails.

3D Models Explain Alzheimer's Progression


Watch this amazing scientific film on Alzheimer's. It uses 3D modeling to explain the inner brain mechanisms that trigger the symptoms of dementia.

May 17, 2015

Thought of the Week: Walking with a Friend

Silhouette of friends holding hands with the sun setting in the distance. Walking with a friend in the dark is better than
Walking alone in the light.

Best Dementia Blog Winners

Alzheimer's Weekly was selected by as one of the best Alzheimer's sites of the year. See what makes Alzheimer's Weekly stand out from the crowd.

Communicating Pain in Dementia

A new study found the brain's core for the "it hurts" experience. Think of what this could do for people with limited communication abilities, such as people with dementia.

fMRI Displays Dementia


How do doctors "see" dementia? One way is with brain scans called MRI and fMRI. Doctors also use these scans to help see if it is Alzheimer's, Vascular, Lewy Body or another type of dementia. An MRI offers a photo of the brain. More amazingly, an fMRI (functional MRI) can give a 3-D video of a living brain. Learn how it works.

Medical Marijuana Disappoints Dementia

When is medical marijuana appropriate? Not in dementia, according to a new study. It suggests medical marijuana pills may not help treat behavioral symptoms of dementia, such as aggression, pacing and wandering. Get the details.