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Friday, January 18

5-Minute Brain-Wakeup Exercise from the Memory Foundation

EXERCISE VIDEO & ARTICLE:

Studies show this 5-minute workout wakes up your brain cells by exercising the important muscles in your body. Rated as one of the best exercises for the 50+ age group, this series is low-impact and highly effective. Go ahead, it's easy!

Caffeine & Alzheimer's: Protects Before, Problems After

DIET:

Years of good research suggested caffeine lowers the risk of getting dementia. Now, top researchers uncovered a subtle twist - evidence that AFTER dementia kicks in, continuing to drink caffeine may exert opposite effects. Get the details.

Thursday, January 17

Easy RUDAS Dementia Test

DEMENTIA TEST + VIDEO + INSTRUCTIONS:

The RUDAS Dementia Test is brief, effective and free. It works well for most people. (It performs even better than other quick tests for people with cultural barriers, low education levels, or when English is not one's first language.)

Wednesday, January 16

Sundowning: Is My Body Clock Broken or Just Disconnected?

Early-evening restlessness and agitation, known as 'sundowning', is common in Alzheimer's. So is fragmented sleep. A major discovery indicates these symptoms are curable.

1st Local Snoezelen Room Fights Alzheimer's Antipsychotics

STIMULATION & DEMENTIA - VIDEO:

Hear Frank Sinatra, enjoy calming colors, even test your memory. Snoezelen Rooms offer a sensory diet designed for dementia patients. "We have found with more stimulation, it slows down the progression of the disease process."

Diagnosing Lewy Body Dementia is Tricky But Vital

Doctor with patient
DIAGNOSIS: 50% of people with Lewy Body Dementia said they were originally misdiagnosed with a type of dementia such as Alzheimer's. Find out how LBD is exquisitely sensitive to certain medications, and why an early, accurate diagnosis is critical.

Tuesday, January 15

"I Am Sorry, This is Hard" plus 5 More Care Phrases

TUESDAYS WITH TEEPA - CARE TIPS VIDEO:

Teepa Snow, Dementia-care Specialist, shares 6 key phrases that help you help people with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Big No-No's in Dementia-Design

DESIGNING LIVING SPACES FOR DEMENTIA - VIDEO:

Expert design tips to live better with dementia, at home, facilities or care centers.

Vascular Dementia Caused by Plaque on Arteries

Blood flow in arterySPECIAL ANIMATION + TRANSCRIPT:

Vascular dementia can be triggered by plaque build-up in brain arteries. This is called atherosclerosis, nicknamed "hardening of the arteries". See how atherosclerosis develops in this fascinating Mayo Clinic animation.

Monday, January 14

Bill Gates Sees 2 Positive Trends in Alzheimer's Research

PROGRESS: Bill Gates donated $100,000,000 to Alzheimer's research. Here is an excerpt from his recent post, "What I Learned at Work This Year," on positive trends in Alzheimer’s research.

Brain Likes Lutein from Avocado & Spinach

DIET VIDEO:

Lutein is the only food antioxidant "significantly related to better cognition" in a study on aging. It also reduces your risk of dementia. The brain sponges it up from our diet, way out of proportion to other brain-healthy nutrients. See how it works and what to eat.

85 with Dementia? Good Chance It's HS-AGING, Not Alzheimer's

Elderly lady
DIAGNOSIS: 3 important dementia studies focus on HS-AGING. It's a type of dementia almost as common as Alzheimer's in the 85+ group. Yet few people have heard of it. Why? What makes it different?