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The True Meaning of “Person Centered Care”

Is person centered care really being used in assisted living and memory care facilities? Or is it just another empty "buzzword"? By Carole LarkinAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe death of 8 residents in a Florida rehabilitation center; and,...Show More Summary

The brain at work: Spotting half-hidden objects

The human and non-human primate brain is remarkable in recognizing partially hidden objects. A study, conducted during a shape recognition task, shows as more of the shape is hidden, a brain area involved in cognition starts to sends signals to the visual cortex. Show More Summary

Differences in aggression among people with dementia

Physical aggression among people with dementia is not unusual. A study showed that one-third of patients with the diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia were physically aggressive towards healthcare staff, other patients, relatives, animals and complete strangers. This manifestation of disease must be both understood and addressed in the right way.

Is the Alzheimer's gene the ring leader or the sidekick?

Scientific literature in recent years has focused extensively on one genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, the ApoE4 gene variant. A recent study raises flags that scientists should investigate another important player, the TOMM40 gene.

Decreased glucose metabolism in medial prefrontal areas is associated with nutritional status in patients with prodromal and early Alzheimer's disease

A new study shows that hypometabolism in the medial prefrontal areas is specifically associated with Alzheimer's disease-related nutritional problems, and decrease in fat mass may have a key role.

Alive Inside - Find Your Songs

Meaningful music has a place in our caregiving strategies, and often becomes an active expression and conduit of our love. By Pamela R. Kelley Alzheimer's Reading RoomMy mother, Audrey, had a famously tin ear. She’d be the first to tell you that she couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. Show More Summary

Sharpest image of Alzheimer's fibrils shows previously unknown details

A team of researchers has determined the structure of an amyloid fibril with previously unachieved resolution. The fibrils of the body's own amyloid beta protein are the main constituent of Alzheimer's disease related and characteristic pathological protein deposits in the brain. Show More Summary

New diagnosis for Alzheimer's

In the largest and most conclusive study of its kind, researchers have analyzed blood samples to create a novel and non-invasive way of helping to diagnose Alzheimer's disease and distinguishing between different types of neurodegenerative disorders. Show More Summary

Seven steps to keep your brain healthy from childhood to old age

A set of simple steps that promote heart health, called Life's Simple 7, can also foster ideal brain health, an expert panel says. Improving your health status with Life's Simple 7 may reduce the risk of dementia caused by strokes, vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

How to Survive a Hurricane with an Alzheimer's Patient

Six of my most important tips for dealing with an Alzheimer's patient during a hurricane. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room I took care of my mom, Dotty, for eight and a half years, 3,112 days. My mom lived with Alzheimer's disease.We survived 2 hurricanes together including monster hurricane Wilma. Show More Summary

'Waves' of neural activity give new clues about Alzheimer's

While unconscious during deep sleep, millions of neurons' activity travels across the cerebral cortex. This phenomenon, known as slow waves, is related to the consolidation of memory. The European project called SloW Dyn, has now revealed anomalies in this activity in mice displaying a decline similar to Alzheimer's.

Stories from the Past

Comments and outbursts from Alzheimer's patients are often laced with truth and fiction. Or, they may be factually accurate but chronologically scrambled. By Elaine C Pereira Alzheimer's Reading Room Fact or Fiction in Someone with Dementia? People living with dementia often drift back in time and live in the past. Show More Summary

Magnetic stimulation of the brain improved awareness of subject's own cognitive abilities

Researchers have succeeded for the first time ever in affecting metacognition of a tactile working memory task by combining neural pathway imaging and magnetic stimulation of the brain. Understanding brain function might help in the development of new treatments for neuropsychiatric illnesses in the future.

Supercomputing reveals mechanisms behind brain's waste handling

Supercomputing has revealed the mechanisms behind brain’s waste handling, explains a new report. This study may be important for Alzheimer research, the researchers suggests.

Noninvasive eye scan could detect key signs of Alzheimer's disease years before patients show symptoms

Alzheimer's disease affects the retina -- the back of the eye -- similarly to the way it affects the brain, neuroscience investigators have found. A new study reveals that an investigational, noninvasive eye scan could detect the key signs of Alzheimer's disease years before patients experience symptoms.

The Importance of Relationship Change in Dementia Care

The role of change in dementia care is about discovering what your loved one likes to do; and then, figuring out how to guide them. When Alzheimer's strikes, when we receive the diagnosis, we enter what can best be described as a period...Show More Summary

Less REM sleep tied to greater risk of dementia

People who get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study. REM sleep is the sleep stage when dreaming occurs.

This Land is Our Land

When we work with people who are living with dementia, we often are privileged to hear stories from their past, stories of how they came to America or how their parents or grandparents immigrated to this land. By Tom and Karen BrennerWe...Show More Summary

Neuroscientists discover a brain circuit dedicated to retrieving memories

Neuroscientists who study memory have long believed that when we recall an event, our brains turn on the same hippocampal circuit that was activated when the memory was originally formed. However, neuroscientists have now shown, for the first time, that recalling a memory requires a 'detour' circuit that branches off from the original memory circuit.

Noninvasive retinal imaging may improve early detection of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) represents the leading cause of dementia worldwide. Currently, challenges in making an early and definitive diagnosis of AD limit opportunities to intervene with disease-modifying therapies before substantial neurodegeneration occurs. Show More Summary

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