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3 Triggers for Alcohol Abuse in Elderly

FallWindowAlcohol abuse can occur at any age, but in the past most doctors looked for the signs in younger people. There’s also a bias in society at large, including some doctors, that people who abuse alcohol will be of a certain type. It can be hard for a doctor to look at a sweet, grandmotherly woman and think that perhaps the “occasional” glass of wine she admits to drinking may actually be a good portion of a bottle on nightly basis.

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Ultrasound: Alzheimer's“Breakthrough” or Another Broken Promise?

UltrasoundCould non-invasive ultrasound therapy reverse Alzheimer's symptoms for some of the 35.6 million people living with dementia worldwide? Only time will tell. However this method, free of the ongoing side effects of drugs, has been used successfully in early mouse studies by University of Queensland's Brain Institute.

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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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5 Tips for Caregivers On Keeping Our Brains Healthy

Many of us cope with the stress of caring for someone who has dementia. We agonize over the increasing losses that our loved one faces as dementia works its way through their brains. We also worry about ourselves. Will we, too, end our lives without recognizing the people we love? What, if anything, can we do to protect our own brains?

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Alzheimer’s Disease Still Challenging to Diagnose

Dear Carol: Dad’s been diagnosed with dementia, probably of the Alzheimer’s type. As a diagnosis, this seems sort of fuzzy to me, but that’s all that the doctor will say. Also, my family and I are trying to figure out what stage Dad is in. He seems quite good on some days and then he takes a slide downward the next so he’s extremely unpredictable. I’ve asked the doctor about the stages of Alzheimer’s and he just says that they aren’t necessarily concrete. Should we find another doctor?  - Steve

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Brain Health Important to 93% of Americans According to Survey

A recent AARP survey found that 93% of Americans find maintaining brain health to be very important, however very few know the best ways to make this happen. When asked how to maintain brain health, results showed that many of the ways that are scientifically proven to improve or maintain brain health ranked as low priority areas for most respondents.

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Science and U: Cornell Weill Medical College Maps Dementia

 

 Dementia - depending on the type - destroys different parts of the brain. This video from Cornell Weill Medical College Maps Dementia maps how dementia affects the brain. One of the best I've seen. Carol

 


Flu Kills: Keeping Our Elders Safe

Flu isn't just an inconvenience, especially among the elderly population. For expert information on how caregivers can help their elders stay healthy, and if possible avoid the flu, I reached out to Martie Moore, R.N., MAOM, CPHQ, who is Chief Nursing Officer, Medline Industries, Inc. for some answers. 

Q. Martie, what steps should be taken short of hibernation to avoid getting the flu in the first place? 

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Sleepless in America: National Geographic Special Examines Relationship between Sleep and Alzheimer's

This Sunday, November 30th at 8 p.m. ET Sleepless in America will air on the National Geographic channel. Watch this clip where experts from leading health organizations such as NIH discuss the new research findings connecting lack of sleep to an increased risk in Alzheimer's disease due to the brain not receiving enough crucial sleep time to flush out the toxic chemicals.

 

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Sleep Deprivation May Contribute to Alzheimer’s Risk

A study published in JAMA Neurology reports that participants with evidence of preclinical Alzheimer's experienced worse sleep efficiency than those with no evidence of potential Alzheimer’s. One hundred forty five people between ages 45 and 75 took part in the study conducted by researchers at the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Washington University School of Medicine.

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