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Landmark Alzheimer's Study Pinpoints Protein That Protects Aging Brain

Landmark Alzheimer's Study Pinpoints Protein That Protects Aging Brain | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
The conundrum has stumped doctors for years. Why do neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's affect only the elderly? Why do some people live to be over 100 with normal brain functioning while others develop dementia decades earlier?

Now, a ...
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"If we could activate this stress-resistance gene network with drugs, it might be possible to intervene in the disease quite early," he added in a release. "Since Alzheimer's strikes late in life, delaying the onset of disease by just a few years could have a very substantial impact." #Alzheimers #Dementia

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Cold Sore Virus May Increase Dementia Risk

Cold Sore Virus May Increase Dementia Risk | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's disease is the most common among the dementia diseases. In recent years research has increasingly indicated that there is a possible connection between the two. Now, two new studies are supporting this link.
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"Our results clearly show that there is a link between infections of herpes simplex virus and the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

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Pacific Cove Tides – Alzheimer’s

Pacific Cove Tides – Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Pacific Cove Tides – Alzheimer’s, by Mariano R. Cuajao: Pacific Cove Tides: Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others. Marianne Williamson
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The purpose of Pacific Cove Tides is to promote awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia.  We provide articles on the needs of those with Alzheimer's and their Caregivers. #Alzheimer's #Dementia #SeniorCare #Caregiver

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's, by Mariano R. Cuajao: Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others. Marianne Williamson
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The purpose of Pacific Cove Tides is to promote awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia.  We provide articles on the needs of those with Alzheimer's and their Caregivers. #Alzheimers #Dementia #Caregivers 

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Frontiers | Alzheimer's patient feedback to complement research using model systems for cognitive aging and dementia | Genetics of Aging

This opinion article was co-authored with an early-stage Alzheimer's patient to assemble essential ideas regarding potential outreach initiatives and to describe the nature of research to and from model systems. 

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@SandyHalperin - First, although talking to patients is often not part of scientific studies, it can be highly informative for scientists to be part of the communication between patients with cognitive impairment and healthcare professionals. #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving 

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Music Might Boost Self-Awareness in Alzheimer's Patients

Music Might Boost Self-Awareness in Alzheimer's Patients | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Many studies have found that familiar songs enhance mood, relieve stress and reduce anxiety in patients with Alzheimer's, perhaps because musical memory is often spared even when a patient has declined to a low level of cognition. Two new studies find that familiar music also improves cognitive symptoms in the disease.
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Those who heard tunes they knew showed an immediate improvement in identity, mood, moral judgment and body awareness—elements of self-consciousness that are adversely affected by Alzheimer's.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Virtual Dementia Tour offers glimpse of shattered life

Virtual Dementia Tour offers glimpse of shattered life | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Morning Pointe of Brentwood was host of interactive
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"I didn't pass," she said after emerging from a room at Morning Pointe of Brentwood, an assisted living and Memory Care facility. #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Shared Mutation for Two Childhood Diseases

Shared Mutation for Two Childhood Diseases | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it

Each year, about 200–300 U.S. children with a median age of 6–7 years are diagnosed with DIPG.  Of all the dismal pediatric outcomes for HGGs, DIPGs have the most devastating.  “Median survival for the kids is 9 months. Everyone is dead within 2 years,” said Mark Kieran, M.D., Ph.D., of Boston’s Dana–Farber Cancer Institute

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#BrainTumorThursday - “After 40 years of frustration in empiric treatment approaches in DIPG,” Kuttesch said, “these reports offer a more rational approach in developing new therapies, and hope for the children and families affected by this devastating disease.” And, Kaplan added, “for those affected by FOP.”  #BrainTumor #BrainCancer #BTSM 

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New Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Disease

New Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Disease | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.
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"If there are 2 million people walking around this country with Alzheimer's but they're not showing any symptoms of it, think of how major that is," Josephs said of the protein's ability to signal risk.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Sleep is key weapon in the battle against dementia, say experts

Sleep is key weapon in the battle against dementia, say experts | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
GETTING a good night’s sleep could be the key to beating dementia, experts revealed yesterday.
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“Optimising sleep at an older age may help to delay the decline in brain function seen with age, or indeed may slow or prevent the rapid decline that leads to dementia.”  #Dementia #Alzheimer's #Caregiving

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Can Exercise Reduce Alzheimer's Risk?

Can Exercise Reduce Alzheimer's Risk? | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Exercise may help to keep the brain robust in people who have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
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Alzheimer’s disease, characterized by a gradual and then quickening loss of memory and cognitive functioning, can strike anyone.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Alzheimer’s Could Be a Form of Down Syndrome

Alzheimer’s Could Be a Form of Down Syndrome | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Scientists are studying them together to find underlying causes
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They aim to understand why—even though nearly all patients develop plaque—only 60 to 80 percent develop dementia.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Sleep Quality and Duration Improve Cognition in Aging Populations

Sleep Quality and Duration Improve Cognition in Aging Populations | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Maybe turning to sleep gadgets—wristbands, sound therapy and sleep-monitoring smartphone apps—is a good idea. A new University of Oregon-led study of middle-aged or older people who get six to nine hours of sleep a night think better than those sleeping fewer or more hours.
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Individuals sleeping less than six hours and more than nine hours had significantly lower cognitive scores compared to those in the intermediate group.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving
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Our brains are made for enjoying art

Our brains are made for enjoying art | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Viewing paintings engages a number of different regions of the brain, suggesting art appreciation is a natural biological process, according to an analysis.
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The study found that paintings activated areas of the brain involved in vision, pleasure, memory, recognition and emotions, in addition to systems that underlie the conscious processing of new information to give it meaning. #Alzheimers #Dementia #Caregiving

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Pacific Cove Tides - Alzheimer's

Pacific Cove Tides - Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it

 The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body's internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medicine...

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The purpose of Pacific Cove Tides is to promote awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia.  We provide articles on the needs of those with Alzheimer's and their Caregivers.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregivers #Seniors

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's - Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.     -Marianne Williamson

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The purpose of Pacific Cove Tides is to promote awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia.  We provide articles on the needs of those with Alzheimer's and their Caregivers.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregivers #Caregiving

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's - Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.      -Marianne Williamson

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The purpose of Pacific Cove Tides is to promote awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia.  We provide articles on the needs of those with Alzheimer's and their Caregivers.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregivers 

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Part of the Brain Stays "Youthful" into Older Age

Part of the Brain Stays "Youthful" into Older Age | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
At least one part of the human brain may be able to process information the same way in older age as it does in the prime of life, according to new research conducted at the University of Adelaide. A study compared the ability of 60 older and younger people to respond to visual and non-visual stimuli in order to measure their "spatial attention" skills.
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"Our studies have found that older and younger adults perform in a similar way on a range of visual and non-visual tasks that measure spatial attention," says Dr Joanna Brooks.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Seniors

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Hope grows for early detection of Alzheimer's

Hope grows for early detection of Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Some positive news in the field of Alzheimer’s research shows the rate of the disease is on the decline in the U.S.
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Recent research shows a simple “scratch and sniff” smell identification test could lead to early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia. #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Early Onset: Alzheimer's Isn't Just For Old People

Early Onset: Alzheimer's Isn't Just For Old People | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Of the five million people diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, as many as five percent were diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 60. It’s called early
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Health care providers generally don't look for Alzheimer's disease in younger people, so getting an accurate diagnosis of early onset can be a long and frustrating process.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's - Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others. -Marianne Williamson

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The purpose of Pacific Cove Tides is to promote awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia.  We provide articles on the needs of those with Alzheimer's and their Caregivers. #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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The purpose of Pacific Cove Tides is to promote awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia.  We provide articles on the needs of those with Alzheimer's and their Caregivers. #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's: Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others. -Marianne Williamson

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Pacific Cove Tides - Alzheimer's:  Caregivers are unsung heroes that perform demanding, difficult and stressful duties. #Dementia #Alzheimer's #Caregiving #SeniorCare

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Even as she forgot him, teen became mom's caregiver

Even as she forgot him, teen became mom's caregiver | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
Myles Saunders is like most 16-year-olds.
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As the disease took hold, the mother and son roles reversed. And Saunders this year became the Orange County Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver of the Year.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Dementia Action Alliance Leaders Summit- Sandy Halperin Opening Remarks a Must Read

Dementia Action Alliance Leaders Summit- Sandy Halperin Opening Remarks a Must Read | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it

Dementia Action Alliance Leaders Summit- Mr. Sandy Halperin Opening Remarks. A Must Read!

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Sandy Halperin "I have to speak entirely from my notes this morning – as “I am a person living with Alzheimer’s, or another dementia” as is the verbiage that was decided upon with our pre-summit emails."  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's

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Pacific Cove Tides Alzheimer's - Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others. -Marianne Williamson

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The purpose of Pacific Cove Tides is to promote awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia.  We provide articles on the needs of those with Alzheimer's and their Caregivers. #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Stress Hormone Linked to Short-term Memory Loss as We Age

Stress Hormone Linked to Short-term Memory Loss as We Age | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Caregiving | Scoop.it
A new study at the University of Iowa reports a potential link between stress hormones and short-term memory loss in older adults. The study reveals that having high levels of cortisol—a natural hormone in our body whose levels surge when we are stressed—can lead to memory lapses as we age.
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“Stress hormones are one mechanism that we believe leads to weathering of the brain,” says Jason Radley, assistant professor in psychology. #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving. 

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