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World Alzheimer's Day

Today, September 21, 2011, is World Alzheimer’s Day. Every year on September 21st, Alzheimer associations across the globe unite to recognize World Alzheimer’s Day, and this year is no exception. World Alzheimer’s Day is a day that unites opinion leaders, people with dementia, their carers and family, medical professionals, researchers and the media from all …

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Research Reveals Possible Alzheimer's Prevention, Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog, we told you about research that suggested that protective brain chemicals are generated by regular exercise. To read that blog, click here: Possible Alzheimer’s Prevention, Part 1. Today’s blog is about a study originally published in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment which suggests another possible route to Alzheimer’s …

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Research Reveals Possible Alzheimer's Prevention, Part 1

Two studies recently reported in ScienceDaily provide information for people who hope to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The good news:  You don’t need a prescription to take advantage of the two preventive “treatments.” According to ScienceDaily, an article in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity reports that regular exercise could help …

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Storytelling May Help People with Alzheimer's Disease

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease leaves the patient and families feeling helpless and hopeless in the face of a disorder that takes away memories. To many, it feels as though the disease slowly takes away lives. Depression and cognitive decline seem inevitable. Now, new research by experts at the University of Missouri shows that …

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Nursing Home Residents, Medications, and Risk of Falling

Although many studies have linked antidepressant use among the elderly and falls, new study published in the Journal of Gerontology looked at the specifics of why this happens. According to ScienceDaily, researchers from the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife (an affiliate of Harvard Medical School) found that nursing home residents have a five-fold increased …

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Memory Loss More Likely in the South

Here in North Carolina, as in many other southern states, we have a higher-than-average risk of cardiovascular disease, leading medical experts to call the band of high-risk states “the Stroke Belt.” Why? Well, no one really knows for sure. There are a few theories: That people in the south share some genetic susceptibility… that southerners …

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Wear Purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) announces the 6th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. They encourage everyone to show the world you care about ending elder abuse and neglect by wearing something purple on this day. Information about the extent of abuse in elderly populations is …

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