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Folic Acid May Aid Elders During Heat Waves

FanHeatThe type of heat exhaustion or mild dehydration that a middle aged caregiver may feel during a heat wave is uncomfortable, but the same occurrence could be deadly for an elder. Because of the seriousness of overheating, some older people take a prescription drug that helps increase blood flow to the skin which in turn helps them cool off. 

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MIND Diet Recommended for Alzheimer's Prevention

BlueberriesPart of a healthy lifestyle, one that may prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, involves consuming a nourishing diet. According to a recent study, one way to obtain these nutrients is through the MIND diet.

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Small Changes Can Improve Eating For Someone with Dementia

Dear Carol: My dad is living with us for the time being. He has Alzheimer’s and I know that he will eventually need professional care. I’ve taken a leave of absence from my job to provide care for three months because I want this time with him. My main frustration now is that he doesn’t want to eat. He seems hungry at times, but then when we sit down to a meal, he just picks. I make meals he used to like but that doesn’t seem to help. Do you have any suggestions? B.R. C.

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9 Surprising Ways Gut Bacteria Affect Health

It’s not sexy but it’s real. Many scientists are now looking at the gut as a primary source of many diseases that plague humankind. Probiotics, the prebiotics that they feed upon in the gut, as well as changes in our diet are being studied as possible methods of preventing or curing major diseases.

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Heart and Brain Health Closely Related

For years the Alzheimer's Association has made good use of the catch phrase "what's good for the heart is good for the brain." As additional research is conducted in both areas, that simple phrase is proving to be solid thinking. The startling admission of notable researchers who attended the 2014 Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen that a healthy lifestyle is, at this point, the best hope we have to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s symptoms underscores this concept.

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Managing Diabetes Prevents Cognitive Decline According to Study

An article on the UCSF website reports on a 9-year long study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study enrolled 3,069 adults over 70 at two community clinics in Memphis, TN and Pittsburgh, PA beginning in 1997. All the patients provided periodic blood samples and took regular cognitive tests over time. 

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Age-Related Memory Problems: Can Chocolate Be a Remedy?

Chocolate is in the news again – in a good way. A recent study concluded that people who ate a cocoa-rich diet for three months performed significantly better on memory tests than those who did not. The study was small, but according to an article from the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, it was “rigorous.”

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Reversing Alzheimer’s: Non-drug Approach Shows Promise

A small study at UCLA has shown evidence that a strict protocol concentrating on lifestyle changes can reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms. We frequently hear about some promising new potential drug breakthrough, yet there is at this time no medical cure and it’s not likely that there will be one anytime soon. Thus the interest in exercise, diet, vitamin and herbal remedies, and brain exercise.

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Sugar and Saturated Fats Help Set Stage for Alzheimer’s

Most of us know that saturated fats and simple sugars are not good for us. They increase the risk of heart disease. They increase  risk of diabetes. Recently, another study has concluded that they may help set the stage for Alzheimer’s disease, as well.

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Caffeine May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

In modern U.S. culture, coffee has literally been raised to an art form, with baristas topping complicated coffee-based drinks with drawings that will disappear with the first sip of the brew. Few coffee drinkers, whether they buy their coffee at these high-end shops or perk it at home in a humble pot, are drinking coffee for its health benefits. For the most part, they drink it because they like the taste, because it’s a comforting habit or for its invigorating kick.

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