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wisdem is a global network in which people affected by dementia, families, caregivers and professionals can share their experiences, methods and practice with others around the world, drawing together individual efforts to improve the good of the whole.

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A physiological marker for false memories

A physiological marker for false memories | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it
False memories can be distinguished from real ones with a simple physiological test, report researchers from Germany...

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Probing the Brain's Mysteries

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Probing the Brain's Mysteries Wall Street Journal By ROBERT LEE HOTZ Researchers for the first time are documenting the basic wiring of the brain, the complex relationships among billions of neurons that are responsible for reason, memory and emotion.

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Brain Likely Encodes the World in Two Dimensions

Brain Likely Encodes the World in Two Dimensions | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

When we drive somewhere new, we navigate by referring to a two-dimensional map that accounts for distances only on a horizontal plane. According to research published online in August in Nature Neuroscience, the mammalian brain seems to do the same, collapsing the world into a flat plane even as the animal skitters up trees and slips deep into burrows.


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Should you be getting a spinal tap?

Should you be getting a spinal tap? | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

Certain biomarkers present in fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain may predicts the onset of Alzheimer’s disease among those who already have mild cognitive impairment 90 percent of the time, according to a recent study.


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Open Studies on Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Open Studies on Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

Click the interactive map for a listing of clinical trials for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Stay informed!


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Virtual exercise better for pensioners' minds and bodies, study finds - Telegraph

Virtual exercise better for pensioners' minds and bodies, study finds - Telegraph | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it
Pensioners should play Wii Fit rather than going for walks because virtual
reality exercise slows mental as well as physical decline, a New York
university study finds.
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A “New View” of How the Brain Functions May Lead to Treatments for Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer’s Articles, Information and Resources - Alzheimer's Care Facilities, Alzheimer's Retirement Communities, a...

A “New View” of How the Brain Functions May Lead to Treatments for Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer’s Articles, Information and Resources - Alzheimer's Care Facilities, Alzheimer's Retirement Communities, a... | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

"Glia cells, named for the Greek word for “glue,” hold the brain’s neurons together and protect the cells that determine our thoughts and behaviors, but scientists have long puzzled over their prominence in the activities of the brain dedicated to learning and memory. Now Tel Aviv University researchers say that glia cells are central to the brain’s plasticity — how the brain adapts, learns, and stores information."

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Study: Vitamins and Omega-3s Lead to Bigger Brains and Better Cognitive Function | Healthland | TIME.com

Study: Vitamins and Omega-3s Lead to Bigger Brains and Better Cognitive Function | Healthland | TIME.com | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it
In the first study of its kind, researchers have linked specific vitamins and nutrients in the diet with cognitive performance and the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
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What is Alzheimer's Disease? - Sharecare

What is Alzheimer's Disease? - Sharecare | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it
What is Alzheimer's disease? Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disease that causes impaired memory. Learn more from our experts about Alzheimer's disease.
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The healing power of music

The healing power of music | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

It has been called a window to the soul, the “brandy of the damned” and, most famously, the food of love.Now scientists believe music may also be an important form of medicine.


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Top 10: Holiday Advice for Caregivers

Top 10: Holiday Advice for Caregivers | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

If you’re a caregiver to an aging friend or loved one, take a few minutes to read up on some useful tips that can help you travel your caregiving journey with ease.


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Alzheimer’s Disease: Would You Want to Know? | Psychology Today

Alzheimer’s Disease: Would You Want to Know? | Psychology Today | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it
Screening for memory loss. By Becky Ready, Ph.D....
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The Brain in Technicolour

The Brain in Technicolour | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

Firstly I want to point out that yes, it is a brain. 


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Dean Russell Sorenson's comment, January 27, 2012 1:42 PM
It's interesting how it looks so similar to so many other systems that we have.
Sakis Koukouvis's comment, January 27, 2012 1:54 PM
Yes, it is a fractal scheme
ScienceDefined's comment, January 27, 2012 8:29 PM
Thanks for sharing!
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I Remember Better When I Paint | Dementia & Alzheimer's Weekly

I Remember Better When I Paint | Dementia & Alzheimer's Weekly | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

You bring a person who is suffering, perhaps, from Alzheimer's and you put them in front of a painting. Somehow, the painting says something to them - about its scale, about the color, about the vibrancy of the picture. Somehow, they begin to have a dialogue with the picture.

 


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‘Aging in Place’ requires good fortune and support services

‘Aging in Place’ requires good fortune and support services | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

Philip Roberts is surprised at how many people just don't seem to think about it.

To the former Pittsburgh investment manager and his wife, Lorraine, planning for the next phase of one's life is a no-brainer.

 

While at 69, they are in good health, travel and are quite active in the community, they say they "just want to think ahead." The retirees, believing that it is better for their overall well-being, hope to remain in their Fox Chapel home for as long as they can.


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The Advantages of the Middle-Age Brain

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Despite news reports about cognitive decline starting at 45, the middle-aged brain actually performs better in other ways (Includes shout-out to aging Gen X-ers.RT @PsychNews: The Advantages of the Middle-Age Brain

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How Social Media Can Help Caregivers - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube - AARP Bulletin

How Social Media Can Help Caregivers - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube - AARP Bulletin | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered:

"My mother is driving me crazy, but who can I tell?"

"How can I help Dad out of bed without breaking my own back?"

"Who is going to drive Mom to her doctor's appointment?"

If so, you're a caregiver. And if so, odds are you could benefit from online tools to lighten your load.


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Special Exits

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With Special Exits, artist and writer Joyce Farmer delivers a wonderful memoir about her aging parents and their aging process.

 

It’s a story all too familiar to anyone with aging parents, and you’ll be instantly moved by the author's treatment of the humanity at the story’s core.


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Alzheimer's or Dementia can make you feel Trapped! by Norman McNamara

Alzheimer's or Dementia can make you feel Trapped! by Norman McNamara | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

Norman McNamara, diagnosed with Alzheimer's 3 years ago, shares his experiences and the disturbing emotions that he feels.

 

"Did I have to get this awful disease before I could realize what little help those affected by dementia really get? I wonder.

 

"Did I have to get this awful disease to feel guilty enough because I hadn’t helped more before I was diagnosed?"

 


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Study: Vitamins and Omega-3s Lead to Bigger Brains and Better Cognitive Function | Healthland | TIME.com

Study: Vitamins and Omega-3s Lead to Bigger Brains and Better Cognitive Function | Healthland | TIME.com | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it
In the first study of its kind, researchers have linked specific vitamins and nutrients in the diet with cognitive performance and the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
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Using Brain Scans to Predict Alzheimer's Disease | Healthland | TIME.com

Using Brain Scans to Predict Alzheimer's Disease | Healthland | TIME.com | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it
Alzheimer’s disease has always been difficult to diagnose — the only way to identify it definitively is by autopsying the brain after death — but scientists may now have an easier way to spot the degenerative brain disease long before that, even...
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Love of life, work helps top boxing coach fight Parkinson's - CNN.com

Love of life, work helps top boxing coach fight Parkinson's - CNN.com | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it
There is a lot to be said for enjoying the work that you do.
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Living with Alzheimer’s – Rick Phelps on Placing a loved one in an assisted facility

Living with Alzheimer’s –  Rick Phelps on Placing a loved one in an assisted facility | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it

Rick has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease EOAD. I will post these videos as I get them from Rick. If you are interested in truly understanding what it is like to have Alzheimer’s or are caring for someone with the disease, I believe these video logs will change your life in a positive fashion.


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Eating less makes your brain younger

Eating less makes your brain younger | Understanding dementia | Scoop.it
Our brains don't like being overfed, as obesity can age the brain prematurely and even make it more vulnerable to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Now we've discovered the opposite effect: a strict diet turns on molecules that ...

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