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July 29, 2016

Quadrupling Donepezil

Donepezil (Aricept) boosts memory & thinking in Alzheimer's. More donepezil means more boost - along with intensified side-effects. A new trial shows how donepezil can be safely boosted when combined with solifenacin. Find out more.

Feeling Alone, Not Being Alone, Risks Dementia

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After studying 2,000 people, learn why researchers were surprised to find that allowing ourselves to ‘feel lonely’, and NOT ‘being alone’, was associated with getting dementia. See how feeling connected keeps your brain cells connected, too.

July 28, 2016

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?

July 27, 2016

The Positives in a Dementia Diagnosis

Dr. Gregory Jicha has completed an eye-opening study on diagnosing dementia. He said, "The overall assumption is that this diagnosis would have a uniformly negative impact on a patient's outlook on life, but we were surprised to find that almost half of respondents reported positive scores." Learn the benefits people see in getting their diagnosis.

Hey, Honey, I Forgot I Have Alzheimer's!

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B. Smith's versatile career spans decades. It includes modeling, owning popular restaurants and hosting her own TV show. After receiving a heartbreaking diagnosis of early-onset-Alzheimer’s, she and Dan Gasby, her husband of more than two decades, are determined to live every day fully and lovingly. Their focus? B. has become a key figure in raising public awareness about the degenerative disease. “In the beginning, when it was, you know, starting to happen to me, I didn’t get it.” B. says. “But then I decided that I’m going to get it and I’m going to fight. And we’re going to continue to grow where we are.”

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's

Book Cover: Learning to Speak Alzheimers
BOOK OF THE WEEK:

In this wonderful care manual, learn how to talk to people with Alzheimer's easily. It offers tips in smoothing behavior, talking about the illness, facing driving, as well as dealing with wandering, paranoia, and aggression. The book explains how to make meal, bath and dressing times as pleasant as possible. It shows how to set up a home so it is easier and safer, as well as how to deal with language problems like repetitiveness, judgement problems, loss of memory and a lost sense of time. It includes charts of symptoms to look for at various stages. Read it, mark it up, follow its advice and form the right relationship.

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July 26, 2016

Helping People with Dementia Stay Physically Active

Regular physical activity has many benefits for people with dementia. Exercise helps keep muscles, joints, and the heart in good shape. It also helps people stay at a healthy weight and can improve sleep. Check out these 6 healthy guidelines, along with some physical activities to try.

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Scientists Show Brain Games Work

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New research suggests brain exercises cuts the risk of Alzheimer's. See how. Find out about three ways to lower your risk of getting dementia.

Antibiotics Weaken Alzheimer's

In the lab, long-term antibiotic treatment decreased levels of Alzheimer's-causing plaques. It also helped the brain fight inflammation by enhancing the neuroinflammatory activity of microglial cells. Learn how.

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