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The Inspiration of the Circle

The Circle creates a wonderful bonding and joyous experience for everyone. It also helps alleviate anxiety and stress for people with dementia and their caregivers. By Tom and Karen BrennerAlzheimer's Reading Room Will the circle beShow More Summary

Alzheimer's Care - The Effect of Negative Feelings

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomThe typical person has between 12,000 and 70,000 thoughts each dayAlong with these thoughts come feelings. Show More Summary

How physical exercise prevents dementia

Physical exercise seems beneficial in the prevention of cognitive impairment and dementia in old age, numerous studies have shown. Now researchers have explored in one of the first studies worldwide how exercise affects brain metabolism.

Experts: One in three cases of dementia preventable

A new report identifies powerful tools to prevent dementia and touts the benefits of nonmedical interventions for people with dementia.

New discovery in motor neuron disease and dementia could pave the way to novel treatments

A new discovery could help slow down the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as motor neuron disease (MND), dementia and neurological decline associated with aging.

People with dementia benefit from goal-oriented therapy

A large-scale trial has found that cognitive rehabilitation leads to people seeing satisfying progress in areas that enable them to maintain their functioning and independence.

Using omega 3 fatty acids to treat Alzheimer's and other diseases?

Understanding how dietary essential fatty acids work may lead to effective treatments for diseases and conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson's disease and other retinal and neurodegenerative diseases. The key is to be able to intervene during the early stages of the disease.

Newly discovered gene variants link innate immunity and Alzheimer's disease

Three new gene variants, found in a genome wide association study of Alzheimer's disease (AD), point to the brain's immune cells in the onset of the disorder. These genes encode three proteins that are found in microglia, cells that are part of the brain's injury response system.

New test paves way for potential treatments to target Alzheimer's and other conditions

A simple methodology for capturing proteins implicated in the development of Alzheimer's disease and other conditions has been developed.

How to Inspire a Dementia Patient to Shower

Getting an Alzheimer's patient to shower can be difficult. In order to accomplish this mission you will need to learn how to be a guide, how to use bright light, and how to use positive reinforcement. Listen Now or Continue ReadingBy...Show More Summary

New data network for Huntington's disease research

The first data network for research into Huntington's disease has been created by an international team, now freely available to all scientists in this field.

Sleep, Alzheimer's link explained

Disrupting just one night of sleep in healthy, middle-aged adults causes an increase in a brain protein associated with Alzheimer's disease, research shows. Further, a week of poor sleep leads to an increase in another brain protein that has been linked to brain damage in Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases.

Natural plant compound may reduce mental effects of aging, more evidence shows

The benefits of antioxidant fisetin have been demonstrated in mouse model of premature aging, Alzheimer's disease.

Misguiding Arguing – Avoid Becoming a Victim

Persons with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia are prone to argue - some more than others. By Monica HeltemesThis may frustrate caregivers, as the person may be arguing a point or circumstance that is clearly not true. Why is this? According to the dictionary, arguing is defined as "driving or persuading by reasoning". Show More Summary

6 Helpful Tips To Guide You When Visiting Your Loved One in Memory Care

You just dropped off your loved one at a memory care community. You’re experiencing a range of emotions right now: sadness, guilt, anxiety, and maybe even a little relief. By Rachael WonderlinAlzheimer's Reading RoomIt’s completely normal to have these feelings. Show More Summary

Neurodegenerative diseases: A biophysical smoking gun

While much about Alzheimer's disease remains a mystery, scientists do know that part of the disease's progression involves a normal protein called tau, aggregating to form ropelike inclusions within brain cells that eventually strangle the neurons. Yet how this protein transitions from its soluble liquid state to solid fibers has remained unknown -- until now.

'Brain training' app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment

A 'brain training' game could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a new study.

Human enzyme can reduce neurotoxic amyloids in a mouse model of dementia

A naturally occurring human enzyme -called cyclophilin 40 or CyP40- can unravel protein aggregates that contribute to both Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, according to a study. The finding may point toward a new therapeutic strategy for these diseases.

Brains evolved to need exercise

Mounting scientific evidence shows that exercise is good not only for our bodies, but for our brains. Yet, exactly why physical activity benefits the brain is not well understood. Researchers suggest that the link between exercise and the brain is a product of our evolutionary history and our past as hunter-gatherers.

New insights into formation of non-pathological amyloids

A team of scientists collaborated on a study of functional amyloids -protein aggregates with the typical amyloid structure that do not lead to disease but rather serve a dedicated biological function.

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