MEDSCAPE – Of the more than 6 million Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. age 65 or older, nearly two-thirds are women. A new study may help explain the gender gap — and offer clues to new treatments for helping patients of both sexes fight back.
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University zeroed in on a gene named USP11, found on the X chromosome.
Women have two X chromosomes, while men at birth have one X and...
IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON – A new machine learning algorithm can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease from a single MRI brain scan, using a standard MRI machine available in most hospitals.
New research breakthrough uses machine learning technology to look at structural features within the brain, including in regions not previously associated with Alzheimer’s.
The advantage of the technique is its simplicity and the fact that it can identify the disease at an early stage when it can be...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country musician Stonewall Jackson, who sang on the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and had No. 1 hits with "Waterloo" and others, died Saturday after a long battle with vascular dementia. He was 89.
The Opry, the longest-running radio show in history, announced Jackson's death in a news release.
Jackson, a guitarist, performed on the Opry beginning in 1956 and was still appearing on the show in 2010....
AP – Some of the early signs of dementia are financial: forgetting to pay bills, for example, or having trouble calculating a tip.
People who develop dementia also are more likely to miss credit card payments and have subprime credit scores years before they're diagnosed, according to a study published last year in medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers linked health records for more than 80,000 Medicare beneficiaries to credit bureau data and found that...
“The staff is in such a bad position. They have to defend her and make her seem normal.” – Refinery29, Dec 10, 2020
Feinstein’s missteps raise a painful age question among Senate Democrats
Dec 10, 2020
The New Yorker – In a hearing on November 17, Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who, at eighty-seven, is the oldest member of the Senate, grilled a witness.
Reading from a sheaf of prepared papers, she...
Understand wandering and how to address it
Nov 30, 2020
Mayo Clinic – Wandering and becoming lost is common among people with Alzheimer's disease or other disorders causing dementia. This behavior can happen in the early stages of dementia — even if the person has never wandered in the past.
If a person with dementia is returning from regular walks or drives later than usual or is forgetting how to get to familiar places, he or she...
Oct 29, 2020
Association for Psychological Science – We may wish some memories could last a lifetime, but many physical and emotional factors can negatively impact our ability to retain information throughout life.
A new study in the journal Psychological Science found that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful—what psychologists call “positive affect”—are less likely to experience memory decline as they age. This result adds to a growing body of research on positive affect’s role in...
"Older adults who aren't interested or enthusiastic about their usual activities may have a higher risk of developing dementia, new research suggests." – WebMD
Oct 14, 2020
American Academy of Neurology |
MINNEAPOLIS – Older adults with severe apathy, or lack of interest in usual activities, may have a greater chance of developing dementia than people with few symptoms of apathy, according to a study published in the October 14, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical...
"Over 6 months of follow-up, investigators noted that participants in the intervention group were able to improve their lifestyle and had higher cognition scores than those in the control group."
Lifestyle improvements may lessen cognitive decline |
Sep, 10, 2020
Wiley – Results from a new study suggest that lifestyle changes may help to improve cognition in older adults experiencing cognitive decline that precedes dementia.
In the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 119 individuals...
Kiick was a vital member of the 1972 Dolphins team that went 17-0 and won Super Bowl VII and repeated as champs the following year by winning Super Bowl VIII.
ESPN – Former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick has died, the team announced Saturday. He was 73.
Kiick had been living in an assisted living home for the past few years. His daughter, Allie Kiick, a professional tennis player, said he had Alzheimer's disease.
Top 10 Alzheimer's Signs & Symptoms |
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation |
When does an ordinary memory lapse indicate something more serious, like early Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia? Look for these ten common signs ...
1. Memory Loss
Forgetting recently learned information is one of the most common early signs of dementia.
A person begins to forget more often and is unable to recall the information later.
What's normal? Forgetting names or appointments occasionally.
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