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Seniors face high risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia from anticholinergic drugs

Senior citizens often take anticholinergic drugs, which are commonly prescribed for a wide range of common health conditions

senior woman looking in her medicine cabinetFeb. 17, 2015 – There is nothing that strikes fear in the hearts of senior citizens more than the risk of dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease in particular. A recent study found, however, a significantly increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease from taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects, which are taken frequently by older adults, often unknowingly. They even include nonprescription medicines like Benadryl. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Human stem cells restore cognitive function after chemotherapy damage

First solid evidence that transplantation of human neural stem cells can reverse chemo induced damage of healthy tissue in the brain

Feb. 16, 2015 - Human nerve system stem cell treatments are showing promise for reversing learning and memory deficits after chemotherapy, according to UC Irvine researchers. More...

Mental patients have higher death risk but seldom die from this condition

Approximately 8 million deaths each year, are attributable to mental disorders

Feb. 11, 2015 – This is one of those cases where a massive study of a large number of research reports raises more questions than it answers. It does conclude that people with mental health disorders or two times more likely to die than those without such disorders. This link between mental problems and mortality is complicated by the reality that most people with those disorders do not die of their condition. More...

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Meditation may give us more years with healthy brain as we age

Incidence of cognitive decline and dementia has increased substantially as elderly population has grown

Feb. 9, 2015 - People are living longer and most of us take that as good news. But in the world of reality, the news is not so good, if those extra years of living are plagued with mental torment. New research of adults up to age 77, however, has found that the practice of meditation may give us more years in older age with less of the brain damage associated with aging. More...

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Elderly delirium patients improve without drugs, complicated programs

Improvement in cognitive function, less falls for older hospital patients result from practical interventions

Feb. 2, 2015 – Prescription drugs and programs with multiple components are not necessary to reduce delirium and prevent falls in hospitalized older patents, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Delirium is a confused state that is marked by inattention and global cognitive dysfunction (impaired memory and thought). More...

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Blood vessels in older brains break down, possibly leading to Alzheimer's

USC study finds breakdown in brain's memory and learning center can be detected before cognitive loss begins, important implications for dementia patients

Jan. 21, 2014 – Another puzzle to preventing risks that can lead to Alzheimer's disease may have been solved by neuroscientists at the University of Southern California. The brain's protective blood barrier becomes leaky with age, starting at the hippocampus, a critical learning and memory center that is damaged by Alzheimer's disease. More...

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Possibility for restoring memory found by UCLA study

Memories not stored where many think, may not be destroyed early by Alzheimer’s

Know Your Brain

The brain and  nervous system are composed of many different types of cells, but the primary functional unit is a cell called the neuron...more

Dec. 20, 1024 - Most neuroscientists have long believed that memories are stored at the synapses - the connections between brain cells, or neurons - which are destroyed by Alzheimer's disease. A new UCLA study, however, challenges the idea that long-term memory is stored at synapses. This indicates memories may be restored, offering new hope for patients in the early stages of AD. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Senior’s ability to balance on one leg may detect brain health, stroke risk

One-leg standing test is easy way to determine early signs of being at risk for a stroke and cognitive impairment

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

Dec. 19, 2014 – You know how they warn you on TV when they are about to show something gruesome. We need to use that same type of warning on this report. It is about a new study that finds senior citizens - average age of 67 - that have trouble balancing on one leg for at least 20 seconds may have increased risk of small blood vessel damage in the brain - stroke - and reduced cognitive function. More...

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Most seniors with memory loss, dementia skip free testing from Medicare

Free dementia clinical testing now available to all senior citizens in Medicare

Dec. 17, 2014 – Alzheimer’s disease and the associated loss of memory and cognitive ability is usually found to be the top fear of senior citizens. Yet, despite clear evidence that memory and cognitive abilities are sliding down hill, the majority of seniors with these symptoms have not been to a doctor for evaluation. More...

Aging & Longevity

Senior citizens have special brain spot to help with holiday shopping

Senior shoppers use additional brain area to remember competing consumer products and choose the better one

Unlike adults in their 20s and 30s, senior citizens use a structure called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex for shopping decisions that rely on memory.

Dec. 16, 2014 – Okay, the holiday season is in full swing but you still have shopping to do. Will that old senior brain be up to the task? It will, says new research, but the senior citizen will call on an additional brain area where it will find extra brainpower to make shopping decisions - especially those that rely on memory. More...

Alzheimer's News – Other Media

Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

Dec. 10, 2014 - An NPR probe finds many nursing homes are still prescribing schizophrenia drugs to calm dementia patients — despite FDA warnings — but only 2 percent of excessive-medication cases result in penalties.

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Protecting brain health of seniors is goal of new campaign

Nearly 13% of seniors, age 60 plus, reported increased confusion and memory loss in last 12 months

Dec. 5, 2014 - A national campaign has been launched by the Eldercare Locator to better educate the public about the risks to brain health for senior citizens and simple strategies to help mitigate those risks. More..

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Dance helps people with Parkinson’s, maybe healthy senior citizens, too

Ballroom dancing could help people with Parkinson’s improve their balance and mobility, and maybe do the same for other seniors

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

Dec. 4, 2014 – Researchers at the University of Southhampton, UK, recently announced that participants in their study who had Parkinson’s and took part in ballroom dance lessons improved their balance, confidence and posture. They are not the first to discover that dancing can make life better and safer for Parkinson’s patients, who are also almost exclusively senior citizens. Maybe seniors without PD should also consider how this exercise reduced falls in the PD group. More...

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New Alzheimer’s Disease Fighter may be Protein that Awakens Brain

Eliminating protein called orexin made mice sleep longer and strongly slowed the production of brain plaques

Nov. 24, 2014 - Scientists at Washington University, who earlier established links between sleep problems and Alzheimer's, now say a protein that stimulates the brain to awaken from sleep may be a target for preventing Alzheimer's disease. More...

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Anxiety Hastens Alzheimer's for Seniors with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Late-life depression has been identified as a significant risk marker for Alzheimer's

Nov. 10, 2014 – A new study has identified anxiety as a condition that can hasten the development of Alzheimer’s disease in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), who are at risk of slowly developing Alzheimer’s over a few years. Although this study focused on adults over age 54, the news may not be as distressing for senior citizens, who are considerably less likely than younger adults to suffer anxiety disorders. More...

Advanced Dementia Patients Given Medications of Questionable Benefit, High Cost

Questionably medications account for more than one third of their medication expenditures

Nov. 3, 2014 – A nationwide study of 5046 patients with advanced dementia – mostly white females and more than half age 85 or older – has found that most nursing home residents with advanced dementia receive medications with questionable benefit that incur substantial associated costs. More...

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Discovery Opens Door for Possible Treatment of a Common Dementia

Damage to white matter in brain may be due to many unnoticed strokes

Oct. 30, 2014 - Brain scans find white matter damage in about half of all senior citizens, which is often harmless, but when the damage is severe, it can cause mental impairment. This has, however, been considered a natural part of aging. Now, researchers think this white matter disease (leukoaraiosis) may actually be the result of many tiny unnoticed strokes accumulating over time – a finding they say points to a potentially treatable form of dementia. More...

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Elderly Men Reporting Sleep Problems at Higher Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

The later age the self-reported sleep disturbance was found the higher the risk was for developing Alzheimer's disease

Oct. 28, 2014 - In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University demonstrate that elderly men with self-reported sleep disturbances run a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men without self-reported sleep disturbances. The results are published in the scientific journal Alzheimer's & Dementia. More...

Aging & Longevity

Traumatic Brain Injuries to Seniors Linked to Higher Dementia Risk

Senior citizens are often warned of the risks associated with falls that are common for elderly – now add dementia to that risk

Oct. 27, 2014 – There are frequent warnings to senior citizens about the risk of falling. It has long been recognized as a high risk for serious bodily injury to aging bodies. Researchers have now found that one of the consequences of falling – traumatic brain injury (TIB) – is associated with an increased risk of dementia in adults 55 years and older, according to their report published online by JAMA Neurology. More...

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Dramatic Memory Improvement in Seniors from Cocoa Flavanols

First evidence one component of age-related memory decline is caused by changes in a specific region of the brain, and can be improved

Oct. 26, 2014 - Dietary cocoa flavanols - naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa - reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study published today in the advance online issue of Nature Neuroscience. The study saw participants with the memory of a typical 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, improve to that of a 30 or 40 year old after only three months. More...

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Frontotemporal Degeneration Dementia Draws More Attention, Research Funding

This early onset dementia strikes 10 years earlier than most; almost $6 million in research being funding by three agencies of the National Institutes of Health


Oct. 24, 2014 - Approximately 50,000 Americans live with frontotemporal degeneration, or FTD, which strikes people most often in their 50s or 60s, and causes severe behavioral changes and problems with language and cognition. The National Institutes of Health will award three large, five-year projects targeting this specific form of dementia, known as frontotemporal because of the areas of the brain that are affected. More...

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Senior Citizens Drink Up! Moderate Alcohol Leads to Better Memory

Also linked with a larger volume in the hippocampus, a brain region critical for episodic memory

Oct. 23, 2014 – If you are a senior age 60 or older and do not have dementia, new research supports previous studies that have found moderate alcohol consumption improves your ability to recall memories of events – episodic memory. More...

Mental Health, Alzheimer's, Dementia

Mental Stress Impact on Heart Varies Between Men, Women

Women had greater increase in negative emotions, decrease in positive emotions

Oct. 13, 2014 — Researchers found that while men had more changes in blood pressure and heart rate in response to the mental stress, more women experienced myocardial ischemia, decreased blood flow to the heart. The women also expressed a greater increase in negative emotions and a greater decrease in positive emotions during the mental stress tests. Women also experienced increased platelet aggregation, which is the start of the formation of blood clots, more than men. More...

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Memory Loss Associated with Alzheimer’s Reversed for First Time, Study Claims

Small trial from UCLA and Buck Institute claims success using systems approach to memory disorders

Oct. 7, 2014 - This study from the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging is the first to suggest that memory loss in patients may be reversed, and improvement sustained, using a complex, 36-point therapeutic program that involves comprehensive changes in diet, brain stimulation, exercise, optimization of sleep, specific pharmaceuticals and vitamins, and multiple additional steps that affect brain chemistry. More...Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Can Stimulating Curiosity Bring Aging Memories Back to Life?

New research says it's easier to learn if you are interested and this curiosity stimulates the brain’s hippocampus where memories form

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

Based on materials from Cell Press

Oct. 2, 2014 - The more interested we are in a topic, the easier it is to learn about that topic, according to new research published today in the journal Neuron. For most of us, it is surprising that it took a research study to make the discovery. But, then again, it could be a new direction for efforts to improve memory in the healthy elderly and to develop new approaches for treating patients with disorders that affect memory. More

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health - Opinion

Editor Disagrees with Study Predicting Mental Decline After Admitting Memory Problems

‘If noticing memory slip signals memory, cognitive decline, all my friends are on slippery slope’

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

Sept. 26, 2014 – Research from a reputable source finds that people who notice their memory is slipping are much more likely to develop memory and other cognitive problems. Well, there go all my senior friends and myself. At age 76, I mostly hangout with my tennis buddies and very “with it” old-time friends that I share with my wife. I don’t know of a one of us that does not occasionally complain about our memory.

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Complicated Grief Suffered by Senior Citizens May Be Treatable

Complicated grief is serious, debilitating mental health problem associated with functional impairment, increased suicide risk

Sept. 24, 2014 – Recent research has been pointing to grief suffered by senior citizens as often having more serious consequences that for younger people. This “complicated grief” carries serious consequences and strikes about nine percent of bereaved older women. A recent test of a treatment for CG achieved a reduction in symptoms and less disease severity.

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Simple Test May Detect Your Alzheimer’s Risk Before Dementia Shows Up

Alzheimer’s group had slower reaction, movement time, as well as less accuracy, precision in their movements

Sept. 18, 2014 — If you really want to know if you are at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking and movement may reveal your risk, even before any obvious signs of dementia are obvious.

Caregiver & Elder Care News

National Group Reduces Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes, Sets New Goals

National Partnership, including CMS, seeks to optimize the quality of life in America’s nursing homes by improving care for all residents, especially those with dementia

September 19, 2014 – After two years of success in reducing the use of antipsychotic medications by patients in long-stay nursing home care, the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care today established a new national goal of reducing the use by 25 percent by the end of 2015, and 30 percent by the end of 2016. The public-private coalition includes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), consumers, advocacy organizations, providers and professional associations.

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Many Senior Citizens Do Not Know How to Lower Dementia Risk

Alzheimer’s Society of U.K. emphasizes five simple things older people can do to avoid dementia

Five Simple Steps to Avoid Dementia

Sept. 14, 2014 - Alzheimer’s disease is the affliction feared most by a majority of senior citizens but a new study in the U.K. finds a surprisingly large number of seniors are unaware that it is possible to lower their risk of dementia.

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Do Not Upset Grandpa or Grandma Before Surgery, It Can Hinder Recovery

Family conflicts, other non-physical worries before colon cancer surgery raise patients’ complication risk; reducing stress speeds recovery

Sept. 2, 2014 - How well patients recover from cancer surgery may be influenced by more than their medical conditions and the operations themselves. Family conflicts and other non-medical problems may raise their risk of surgical complications, a Mayo Clinic study has found. Addressing such quality-of-life issues before an operation may reduce patients’ stress, speed their recoveries and save health care dollars, the research suggests.

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Marijuana May Halt or Slow Alzheimer’s Disease Says Florida Study

Battle Underway in Florida to Clear Marijuana for Medical Use - Seniors Lead Effort

The political battle is underway for a November election to legalize marijuana for medical use in Florida.

THC in marijuana known to be potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties, first report that the compound directly affects Alzheimer’s pathology by decreasing amyloid beta levels

By Anne DeLotto BaierAug. 27, 2014 – Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida shows. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

New Report on Severe Hardship for Family Caregivers of Patients with Cognitive Conditions

‘All caregivers need training and support; caregivers who are responsible for people with challenging behaviors are among those most in need of assistance,’ AARP/United Hospital Fund

Aug. 20, 2014 - Family caregivers who provide complex chronic care to people who also have cognitive and behavioral health conditions face particularly demanding challenges, including high levels of self-reported depression. A majority of them (61%) reported feeling stress “sometimes to always,” between their caregiving responsibilities and trying to meet other work or family obligations, says a new report. More...

Aging News & Information

Robin Williams Death Highlights Increase in Suicide Among Middle-aged Men

Suicide rates in middle-aged are higher than for the elderly; male baby boomers are 1.6 times more likely to kill themselves than prior generation

Aug. 19, 2014 - The death of Robin Williams has once again renewed focus on a worrying trend:  middle-aged male baby boomers who increasingly take their own lives. Julie Phillips, professor of sociology at Rutgers, notes Williams seems to have had many of the risk factors – a 63-year-old man with a history of drug addiction, alcoholism and depression who was dealing with new physical health problems. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Cognitive Problems in Senior Citizens Found as Risk for Stroke, Death

Declining memory and cognitive ability may increase the risk of stroke, death in seniors over age 65

Aug. 12, 2014 – Most senior citizens are well aware that poor cardiovascular health, including a stroke, is an important risk factor for developing cognitive impairment. New research, however, says the opposite is also true for senior citizens age 65 and older: cognitive impairment is a risk factor for having a stroke. More...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Senior Citizens Should Schedule Mentally Challenging Tasks in the Morning

Older adults have ‘morning brains’ finds study showing noticeable difference in brain function across the day

Aug. 6, 2014 - Senior citizens facing a challenge that will require their brain to be working at its best should schedule it for the morning hours. A new study finds older adults have “morning brains.” They not only perform better on demanding cognitive tasks but also activate the same brain networks responsible for paying attention and suppressing distraction as younger adults, according to Canadian researchers. More...

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Link Between Frailty and Dementia Gets Closer Look by New York Researchers

‘Growing consensus in the field that frailty is at the core of geriatrics, and that frailty is associated with higher rates of cognitive deficit’

Ellen Goldbaum Senior Editor, Medicine, UB News

Aug. 5, 2014 – What is the relationship between frailty and dementia? Many studies acknowledge that frailty and dementia often coexist, but little research has been done on why that is the case. Read more...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Simple Telephone Support a Great Relief for Caregivers of Dementia Patients

Program potentially less expensive than in-person treatment options, more convenient for many caregivers

July 30, 2014 – Caregivers for dementia patients must deal with enormous stress and many suffer depression. A new study has found, however, that a support program simply by telephone can significantly reduce depression and other problems for informal caregivers, such as family or friends, and is as effective as face-to-face intervention programs. Read more...

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Early Life Experiences Influence Cognitive Ability in Senior Citizens

Challenges earlier research pointing to importance of demographic characteristics such as race and ethnicity

July 29, 2014 - An association between an increased risk of late-life cognitive impairment and dementia and the person’s race and ethnicity, is challenged by new research with senior citizens that finds early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life. More...

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How Senior Citizens Function So Well Despite Declining Cognitive Ability

Can they really think well when they focus real hard? Psychology prof says it is ‘selective engagement’

July 28, 2014 - Senior citizens almost universally show decline in their cognitive ability as they age, but they often do not seem to suffer in their ability to cope with decisions in their work or daily life. A psychology researcher at North Carolina State University thinks it is something he calls “selective engagement.” More...

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Alzheimer’s, Other Diseases a Step Closer to Treatment with New Protein Structure

Stops harmful changes of body’s normal proteins into state linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and Lou Gehrig’s disease

Michelle Ma, University of Washington

July 28, 2014 - There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, but University of Washington bioengineers are one step closer to finding a treatment. They have designed a peptide structure that can stop the harmful changes of the body’s normal proteins into a state that’s linked to widespread diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, & Mental Health

Six New Genetic Risks Found for Parkinson’s Disease that Targets Seniors

Study shows power of combining big data analysis with cutting-edge genomic techniques

July 28, 2014 - Using data from over 18,000 patients, scientists have identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson's disease, including six that had not been previously reported. The biggest risk factor long established for PD is age: it usually attacks people at about age 60 and the risk factor continues to increase with age. More...

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Senior Citizens Who Walk Slowly Can Expect Dementia to Catch Up with Them

Series of research reports in recent years have dire predictions for slow walking seniors, including a shorter life

July 25, 2014 – If you are a senior citizen and you walk very slowly, you have some things to worry about. The latest is a report from a study of 27,000 seniors age 60 or older that declares it can predict dementia in the future of those who walk slowly and have cognitive complaints. Another study early this year says slow walking seniors are less happy and have shorter longevity. In fact, a study of seniors in 2011 says how fast they walk is a better gage of how long they will live than trying to do a more complicated analysis of their medical condition and history. More...

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False Memories May Be Result of Not Getting Enough Sleep

Findings raise questions about reliability of eyewitnesses who may have experienced long periods of restricted or deprived sleep

July 23, 2014 - Numerous recent studies have grabbed the attention of senior citizens with results showing that lack of adequate sleep can cause people – seniors in particular – numerous problems with cognition, memory and even disease. Now the scientist say lack of sleep can even cause us to create false memories. The possible good news for seniors is this study was with college students. More...

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Potential Found for Cancer Drug as Oral Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease

Previous work with mice found cognition improved, nerve cell loss was reduced when microtubule protein stabilized

July 23, 2014 - Scientists are reporting new progress on a set of compounds initially developed for cancer treatment that shows promise as a potential oral treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Currently, no cure exists for the devastating neurological disease that affects more than 5 million Americans – primarily senior citizens. More...

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Fish Oil May Help Protect Alcohol Abusers from Dementia

Up to 90% less inflammation, death in brain cells of drinkers after exposure to omega-3 DHA

July 21, 2014 – Anything that reduces the risk of dementia is of high interest to most senior citizens. New research says one way – at least for those who drink alcohol regularly - is to take omega-3 fish oil. The researchers discovered it will protect against inflammation and neuronal cell death that damages the brain in alcohol abusers and can lead to dementia. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health - Opinion

Alzheimer's Conference Offers Signs of Hope in Battle Against Mind-Crushing Disease

Below are some of the highlights from the Alzheimer's Association International Conference that are important to every senior citizen

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

July 16, 2014 – For the first time in the almost-20-years that I have closely followed the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, I am encouraged about our odds. As the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference for this year wraps up in Copenhagen, the researchers and other experts who made presentations convinced me we are finally getting our arms around this cruel killer, and have a chance to - someday - bring it under control. Below are the highlights and every senior citizen, the primary victims of the disease, needs to read them. More...

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Exciting Glimmer of Hope in Fight Against Alzheimer’s in U.S. but World Epidemic Grows

New data on fewer new cases in U.S. and other developed nations suggests possibility of prevention and risk reduction; reports from Alzheimer’s Association International Conference

July 15, 2014 – Older Americans have become accustomed to assuming that Alzheimer’s disease in becoming more common among senior citizens and is destined to increase rapidly due to the increased incidence rate and the explosion in longevity. New reports today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 suggest the possibility of reducing risk and maybe even preventing the disease most feared by most seniors. Some of the best news was found in studies from the United States.

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Seniors Almost Twice as Likely to Have Memories Affected By Environmental Distraction

‘Almost any type of memory test administered reveals a decline in memory from the age of 25 on’

July 14, 2014 - Seniors are nearly twice as likely as younger people to have their memory and cognitive processes impaired by environmental distractions (such as irrelevant speech or written words presented along with target stimuli), according to a new study from psychologists at Rice University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. More...

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Seniors See Brains Age Faster the Less They Sleep

Faster brain ventricle enlargement marker for cognitive decline; first study to look at impact of less sleep

July 2, 2014 – The less older people sleep, the faster their brains age, according a new study. The researchers see their discovery as opening the door for new studies on sleep loss and its contribution to cognitive decline in seniors, including dementia. More...

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Intellectual Enrichment Again Proven to Delay Cognitive Decline in Seniors

Latest study from Mayo Clinic published in JAMA Neurology suggests even those with high risk gene can delay decline for years

June 23, 2014 - The evidence continues to mount that the way to protect against the common cognitive decline seen in too many senior citizens is to maintain a lifestyle of intellectual enrichment throughout life. A new study from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging confirms it again in a report appearing in today’s edition of JAMA Neurology, and add that it may delay dementia as long as nine years, even in high risk seniors.

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Right Amount of Sleep Very Important to Cognitive Ability of Seniors Says International Study

University of Oregon-led research finds women sleeping longer and struggling with quality – see video

June 16, 2014 – Middle aged or older people who get six to nine hours of sleep per night think better that those who sleep fewer or even more hours, report researchers who were looking at cognitive decline and dementia as people age.

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Memory, Learning Problems More Likely Among Older People with Poor Cardiovascular Health

People with the lowest cardiovascular health scores were more likely to have impairment on learning, memory and verbal fluency

June 11, 2014 – A large study of older adults has concluded that developing cognitive impairment, especially memory and learning problems, is much greater for people with poor cardiovascular health. The best cardiovascular health was more common in men, the higher educated, and those with the highest incomes. Read more...

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Seniors Will Cheer Researchers Who Have Proven How Memory Can Be Turned On and Off

NIH funded study is first to prove connections between neurons controls memory

June, 2014 – There is news out of the National Institutes of Health that should make seniors very happy or at least hopeful. The tantalizing image is of a switch that can turn memory or off. What these scientists have done is turn memory off and then back on using a flash of light in genetically engineered rats. It is the first clear cause-and-effect evidence that the connections between neurons in our brains are what make memory work. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Social Networks Usually Linked to Better Health for Older Adults, Studies Find

Special edition of Health Psychology packed with studies of senior citizens and their relationships

June 4, 2014 - Having regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier, according to numerous new research reports to be published by the American Psychological Association this month. However, negative social interactions can present health risks. Read more...

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Simple Visual Test Can Distinguish Alzheimer’s Disease from Normal Aging

The brain’s hippocampus is important to relational memory - it binds information together

May 21, 2014 - Researchers have developed a new cognitive test that can better determine whether memory impairments are due to very mild Alzheimer’s disease or the normal aging process. The simple test asks subjects to determine if circles containing certain designs match each other, which exercises the hippocampus portion of their brain. Read more...

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Seven Things You Can Do to Avoid Alzheimer's, Boost Brain Health

International researchers identify dietary and lifestyle guidelines for Alzheimer’s prevention; special feature in Neurobiology of Aging

May 16, 2014 – Seven points of advice on dietary and lifestyle guidelines that will boost brain health and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s were made available today by Neurobiology of Aging in advance of their publication of a special supplement on this advice. Read more...

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Method to Better Manage Agitation, Aggression in Dementia Patients Introduced

Technique called DICE helps manage the most troubling symptoms of dementia, lessen use of drugs by building link between caregivers, patients and health providers; recommended by Medicare

April 21, 2014 - A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia may help reduce the use of antipsychotics and other psychiatric drugs in this population, and make life easier for them and their caregivers, a team of experts says. It has already become a part of Medicare’s recommended toolkit for carrying for dementia patients. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Is Link Between Cognitive Decline and Vitamin D Deficiency in Seniors a Clue to Treatment?

Controlled trials are needed to determine whether vitamin D supplementation can prevent cognitive decline

April 15, 2014 – Vitamin D deficiency and cognitive impairment are common in senior citizens, but there isn't a lot of conclusive research into whether there's a relationship between the two. A new study out today, however, has found evidence of an association between low vitamin D levels and cognitive decline in seniors. The lead author is calling for clinical trials to see if vitamin D can prevent cognitive decline. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Green Tea Found to Enhance Cognitive Ability: Improves Memory, May Help Dementia

Subjects do much better on test after taking green tea extract; can it treat dementia?

April 7, 2014 – Green tea extract enhances the cognitive functions and in particular the working memory, say researchers from the University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, who claim to be the first to prove this benefit in green tea. They see distant possibilities, too, for treating dementia. Read more...

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Cognitive Decline in Older Men Linked to Poor Sleep

It was the quality of sleep that predicted future cognitive decline in this study, not the quantity

March 31, 2014 - A new study of older men found a link between poor sleep quality and the development of cognitive decline over three to four years. Results show that higher levels of fragmented sleep and lower sleep efficiency were associated with a 40 to 50 percent increase in the odds of clinically significant decline in executive function, which was similar in magnitude to the effect of a five-year increase in age. Read more...

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Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Alzheimer's, Restoring Memory in Test Mice

Potential as a test for diagnosis of AD and a therapy for the disease; improved learning and memory in tests

March 25, 2014 - Diabetic patients taking the drug, pramlintide, may be ahead of many of us in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and preserving our memory. A new study found the synthetic version of amylin reduces amyloid-beta peptides, a major component of Alzheimer's in the brain. It also improves learning and memory, according to researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). Read more...

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Nasal Spray Delivers New Depression Treatment to Right Spot in Brain

20 million Americans, mostly women, suffer from depression

March 24, 2014 – A nose spray that uses new technology to deliver drugs directly to the brain is being hailed by researchers at Canada’s largest mental health and teaching hospital and the University of Toronto as a promising new way to treat depression. Read more...


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Latest Potential for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease Analyzes Spinal Fluid

Other recent claims of success with early detection of Alzheimer’s have used blood test or eye abnormalities in lab rats

March 21, 2014 - Researchers announced this week they are close to being able to diagnose the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease by the detection of tiny, misfolded protein fragments in cerebrospinal fluid taken from patients. Just in a matter of days similar claims for early discovery of the disease has been made by scientists using a blood test and others studying eye abnormalities in lab rats. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Exercise for Seniors Becoming New Frontier in Battle Against Cognitive Decline

Wake Forest study to show whether high- or low-intensity exercising, or both, can help people with early cognition problems

By Les Gura, Wake Forest Baptist HealthWire

March 19, 2014 - Marcus Dobson, 60, first recognized the cognitive decline brought on by Parkinson's disease when he realized he no longer wanted to play with his grandchildren or even be in the same room with them. Bunny Fontrier, 63, wasn't having any cognition problems, but after caring for her mother with dementia she thought she should look at herself, too. Read more...

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Senior Women Are Epicenter of Alzheimer’s as Most Likely Victims, Care Givers

Alzheimer’s Association reports senior women twice as likely as men to get Alzheimer’s; twice as likely to get AD as breast cancer

March 19, 2014 – Women are theepicenter of Alzheimer’s disease” according to a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association that finds senior women at age 65 almost twice as likely as senior men to develop the disease. And, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to get AD in older age as they are breast cancer. But, that is not all of the burden for women: they about 2.5 times more likely than men to provide full-time care for AD victims. Read more...

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Early-Stage Alzheimer’s May Be Revealed by Variations in Eye Structure, Function

The quest continues to find earliest stages of Alzheimer’s for closer study, drug development

March 18, 2014 – Scientists are turning over every stone they can find hoping to discover a way to achieve an early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Just recently a group claimed success with a blood test, at least in lab rats. A new group using lab rats, again, claim the discovery of eye abnormalities that may help reveal features of early-stage AD. Read more...

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Dementia Symptoms May Not Be Alzheimer’s; Caregivers Unmask Lewy Body Dementia

The number two dementia often identified too late for thousands of seniors - see video by Whoopi Goldberg in story

March 17, 2014 – “You don’t even know the battle is upon you, until the invasion is well underway,” says Ms. J, a caregiver for a person with dementia. Ms. J is just one of many caregivers who learn that debilitating symptoms begin to take their toll on loved ones before they even discover their diagnosis. It’s Lewy body dementia (LBD), the second most common form of progressive dementia that affects 1.3 million Americans, primarily seniors. Read more...

Aging News & Information

UCLA Memory Program for Seniors Offers 'Gym For Your Brain'

UCLA Longevity Center helping both patients and caregivers live with diseases that fray their bond of shared memories.

By Anna Gorman, KHN Staff Writer,
This KHN story was produced in collaboration with The Washington Post

March 12, 2014 - Just as they had so many times during the past 60 years, Marianna and Albert Frankel stepped onto the dance floor. He took her hand in his, and smiling, waltzed her around the room. “I remembered how it used to be and we could really do the waltz and he would whirl me around until I got dizzy,” said Marianna Frankel, 82, who is 10 years younger than her husband. Read more...

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Senior Citizens May Soon Have Blood Test to Predict Alzheimer’s Risk with 90% Accuracy

Report in Nature Medicine on discovery in study of seniors over age 70; NPR reports on consequences of knowing – see video in story

March 9, 2014 – If you are a senior citizens over age 70 a new blood test can predict with 90 percent accuracy if you will develop Alzheimer’s disease in the next two or three years. The new discovery still must go through clinical testing before being available for general use but now seniors will have to consider if this is information they really want to know. Read more...

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Alzheimer’s Disease May Kill Many More in U.S. Than Currently Reported

Study finds death rate more than four times higher after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in people age 75 to 84 and nearly three times higher in people age 85 and older

March 6, 2014 - A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may contribute to almost as many deaths in the United States as heart disease or cancer, but the AD deaths are under-reported due to confusion by those completing the death certificates. Analysis of deaths among senior citizens points to vastly more deaths related to AD than reported, the study shows. Read more...

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Risk for Senior Citizens of Depression and Dementia Increases After Hospitalization

Dementia and depression may impair ability to care for themselves, increasing their risk for hospitalization and re-hospitalization.

By Katherine Kahn, HBNS Contributing Writer

March 5, 2014 - People over age 65 who have been hospitalized are at significantly greater risk for dementia or depression, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Burst of Anger Greatly Increases Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Brain Aneurysm for Many

‘…Overall risk for people without other risk factors like smoking or high blood pressure is relatively small’

March 4, 2014 – Warning people they are going to have a heart attack if they don’t calm down is, perhaps, better advice than you have imagined. New research says the risk of a heart attack in the two hours following an outburst of anger is five times greater than when we are calm. And, the risk of a stroke jumps almost four times. Read more...

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How You Rate Your Physical Fitness in Middle Age an Indicator of Dementia Risk

Rating yourself in poor physical condition at about 50 increases dementia risk by four

Feb. 26, 2014 - How would you rate your own physical fitness? Is it good, satisfactory or maybe even poor? Surprisingly, your answer may reveal your future risk of developing dementia. Read more...

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Quick Screening on Electronic Pad in Waiting Room Tells Doctor if Patient Depressed

Seniors may need to brush up on their iPad skills if new device becomes popular tool for screening patients in waiting rooms

By Valerie DeBenedette, HBNS Contributing Writer

Feb. 25, 2014 – A quick screening on a electronic pad in the doctor’s waiting room appears to have the ability to easily recognize depression and anxiety in patients, who were actually there to visit the physician about another ailment. The results can be sent directly to the waiting doctor for immediate action. Read more...

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Loneliness in Older People May Increase Chance of Death by 14 Percent

Retiring to a warmer climate among strangers isn’t necessarily a good idea, if it means you are disconnected from the people who mean the most to you

By William Harms

Feb. 18, Feeling extreme loneliness can increase an older person’s chances of premature death by 14 percent, according to research by psychologist John Cacioppo, one of the nation’s leading experts on loneliness. Read more...

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Elderly, Men, Minorities Not Getting Treated for Depression

70% who were depressed had received no treatment; those who were male, Mexican- or African-American or over 80 least likely to receive treatment

By Milly Dawson, HBNS Contributing Writer

Feb. 6, 2014 - A leading cause of disability, depression rates are increasing in the U.S. and under-treatment is widespread, especially among certain groups including men, the poor, the elderly and ethnic minorities, finds a new study in General Hospital PsychiatryRead more...

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Your Memories Most Likely Created Using Paint from the Present

Our memory is no video camera; it edits the past with present experiences

Feb. 5, 2014 - Your memory is a wily time traveler, plucking fragments of the present and inserting them into the past, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. In terms of accuracy, it's no video camera. Rather, the memory rewrites the past with current information, updating your recollections with new experiences. Love at first sight, for example, is more likely a trick of your memory than a Hollywood-worthy moment. Read more...

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Memory Loss Prevented in Alzheimer’s Disease Mice by Antioxidant Fisetin

Daily dose of fisetin keeps mice - even those with genetic mutations linked to Alzheimer's - from experiencing memory and learning deficits as they age

Jan. 27, 2014 – Memory loss and learning impairments have been stopped in mice that normally develop these Alzheimer’s symptoms less than a year after they are born, according to scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. It was accomplished by a daily dose of fisetin, a flavonol compound, found in fruits and vegetables, which they say has already been proven to enhance memory. Read more...

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Proof that Aging Brain is Sharp as Ever, Just Takes Longer to Process Years of Data

New research indicates senior citizen’s brain is like a computer with too much information gathered over decades of use, rather than cognitive decline

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

Jan. 21, 2014 – I have been telling my grandkids this for years – the reason it takes me awhile to recall information is that my brain just contains so much more information than it did when I was younger. Now, there is research to prove I am right. The study argues that the brains of senior citizens take longer to process “ever increasing amounts of knowledge,” and this has been misidentified as declining cognitive ability due to aging. Read more...

Cognitive Training for Senior Citizens Shows 10-Year Benefit in Reasoning, Speed

Clinical trial funded by National Institute on Aging aimed at enabling seniors to maintain cognitive abilities as they age

Jan. 16, 2014 - Training to improve cognitive abilities in senior citizens – average age of 74 - lasted to some degree 10 years after the training program was completed, according to results of a randomized clinical trial supported by the National Institutes of Health. The findings showed training gains for aspects of cognition involved in the ability to think and learn, but researchers said memory training did not have an effect after 10 years. Read more...

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Seniors Expected to Rush to New 15-Minute Test of Cognitive Abilities, Dementia Risk

The easy-to-use test is available below and may be a faster download on - Also see video on test

Jan. 14, 2014 – Seniors around the English speaking world are probably pounding on their computers today trying to download the new 15-minute test to evaluate their cognitive abilities. It was released yesterday by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center after tests on older Americans. They declared it a simple but “reliable tool” that can be used without medical supervision or interpretation. It can be downloaded with link in this story below. Read more...

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Study is First Linking Stroke Directly to Anxiety; Earlier Study Finds It Deadly for Heart Patients

In older adults, anxiety disorders often occur at the same time as depression, heart disease, diabetes, and other medical problems

Dec. 27, 2013 – Congratulations, you have survived the period of peak anxiety during this holiday season. The greater your anxiety level, the higher your risk of having a stroke, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. And, heart disease patients who suffer anxiety have twice the risk of dying. Read more...

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Dementia Patients Living at Home and Caregivers Have Many Unmet Needs

Cannot cure dementia but there are things that can keep people with dementia at home longer; Identifying and treating depression of patients and caregivers may enable them to address their other unmet needs.

Dec. 19, 2013 - Most people with dementia who live at home have multiple unmet health and welfare needs, any number of which could jeopardize their ability to remain home for as long as they desire, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. The study also suggests that identifying and treating depression in people with dementia and their caregivers may enable them to address their other unmet needs. Read more...

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Helpful Information for Seniors, Caregivers Introduced by Emeritus Senior Living

Video series of safety tips, holiday help with Alzheimer’s patients and website on living with dementia all available free

See sample of Maude video on helpful hints for eldercare providers and seniors in story.

Dec. 3, 2013 – Emeritus Senior Living is promoting their services for seniors and their caregivers with innovative information services that are providing useful and helpful information. The latest include tips on celebrating the holidays with an Alzheimer’s patient, a video series providing tips to help seniors and caregivers lead safer and healthier lives and a new website with a variety of resources for people living with dementia. Read more...

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First Batch of Alzheimer's Genomic Data Released to Researchers Seeking Prevention, Treatment

Genome sequence considered a key to identifying clues to cause of AD and the development of new diagnostics and treatments; researchers have rapid access - see video 'what is a gene'

Dec. 2, 2013 – The battle to slow the spread of Alzheimer’s disease is expected to get a significant boost after the release today of the first batch of genome sequence data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP). Genome sequencing — determining the order of chemical letters in a cell’s DNA — is considered a key to identifying new clues to the fundamental cause of Alzheimer’s disease and the development of new diagnostics and treatments. Read more...

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Senior Citizens Less Likely to Get Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Says New Study

Dementia in aging populations have declined, particularly in older people most likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease

Nov. 28, 2013 - The holiday season has certainly been made a happy one for senior citizens by the research news that says several recent studies show how age-adjusted rates for dementia in aging populations have declined, particularly in those older people most likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Read More...

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Cognitively Impaired Seniors Less Likely to Return to Hospital if Released to Nursing Home

Nursing home ensures medication adherence; know how to handle social and behavioral issues

Nov. 19, 2013 - Cognitively impaired senior citizens released from the hospital are less likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days if they go to a nursing home than if they return to their own home or the home of a family member, according to an Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute study. Read more...

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Alzheimer's, Dementia Not Linked in Older People

Very large study in England looked for links between these diseases closely associated with aging

Nov. 14, 2013 – Alzheimer’s disease (AD), dementia and the eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are all strongly associated with advancing age. A very large study of patients in England has determined, however, that there is no association between having AMD and then developing dementia or AD. Read more...

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Drug that May Suggest You Don't Have Alzheimer's Okayed by FDA for Use with PET Scan

Vizamyl helps determine how much beta amyloid, if any, in your brain and provide some idea if it is Alzheimer's or other dementia

Oct. 25, 2013 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vizamyl (flutemetamol F 18 injection), a radioactive diagnostic drug for use with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of the brain in adults being evaluated for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia. The drug, for use only by by professionals, helps determine if the amount of beta amyloid in the patient's brain suggests Alzheimer's disease or some other dementia. Read more...

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Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis May Be Possible with Discovery of Six Protein Markers

Effective Alzheimer’s disease treatment requires an early diagnosis, which is not yet possible; researchers have identified six proteins in spinal fluid that can be used as markers for AD

Oct. 23, 2013 - Alzheimer’s causes great suffering and has a one hundred percent fatality rate. The breakdown of brain cells has been in progress for ten years or more by the time symptoms begin to appear. Currently there is no treatment that can stop the process. Read more...

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Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Elderly Lacking Sleep, Sleeping Poorly

Trials needed to determine whether optimizing sleep can prevent or slow Alzheimer’s

Oct. 21, 2013 - Getting less sleep and poor sleep quality are associated with abnormal brain imaging findings that suggest Alzheimer disease (AD) in senior citizens, according to a report published by JAMA Neurology, a JAMA Network publication. Read more...

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Alzheimer's Disease Risk Drops 50 Percent in Elderly Taking a Blood Pressure Medicine

Extensive studies show high blood pressure is major risk factor for dementias including AD; previous research suggests drugs to control blood pressure had a protective effect on the brain

Oct. 17, 2013 - Elderly Americans with normal cognition saw their risk of Alzheimer's Disease dementia drop by over 50 percent after taking a blood pressure medication. Those with mild cognitive impairment saw their risk drop by 50 percent after taking diuretics. Read more...


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How Well You Detect Smell of Peanut Butter Can Determine If You Have Alzheimer’s

Many tests to confirm a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias can be time-consuming, costly or invasive - See video below

Oct. 10, 2013 – A simple test of how well you smell peanut butter can determine if you have early stage Alzheimer’s disease and distinguish it from other types of dementia. It was discovered by an enterprising graduate student at the University of Florida Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste. Read more...

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Memory Loss, Dementia Much More Likely for Seniors with Abdominal Fat in Middle Age

There are several risk factors of dementia and abnormal fat metabolism has been previously identified as a risk for memory and learning

Oct. 9, 2013 - People with high amounts of abdominal fat in their middle age are 3.6 times as likely to develop memory loss and dementia later in their life. Results from this study funded by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institutes of Health are published in Cell Reports. Read more...

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Grandmothers Reduce Stress by Learning to Coordinate Breathing with Heart Rate

Researchers use biofeedback device to relax grandmothers stressed by carrying for grandchildren

Oct. 8, 2013 – The number of grandchildren being carried for by their grandmothers has shown a steady increase over the last 20 years, as has the stress and depression of these older women. Researchers think they may have found a way to relieve some of this stress. Read more...

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Depression Blurs Memories in Adults to Hinder Distinguishing Similar Things

With old and new items, depressed participants did fine; often got it wrong  when looking at objects similar to something they already had

Oct. 7, 2013 – Most of those who study depression have long agreed it can play a role in poor memory. A new Brigham Young University study concludes that the ability to differentiate things that are similar fades in adults in proportion to the severity of their symptoms of depression. The more depressed someone feels, the harder it is for them to distinguish similar experiences they’ve had. Read more...

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Even Healthy Senior Citizens Struggle with Decision-Making and Avoid Risk

With increased age comes decreased risk-taking in decision-making, finds new study

Oct. 4, 2013 - When a senior citizen has trouble making a decision, and seems to be seeking the choice with the least risk, many may be prone to suggest there is some dementia involved. Not so, finds a new study – people are just less able to make decisions as they age. And, when they do, they are most likely to choose the safest option. Read more...

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How to Stay Mentally Sharp in Your Retirement Years

New study has three major findings that forecast cognitive ability in one’s senior years

Oct. 2, 2013 - The more you want to use your brain - and the more you enjoy doing it - the more likely you are to stay sharp as you age in your retirement years. This is according to findings recently published in the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences by a team of Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, researchers. Read more...

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HHS Funds National Call Center for People with Alzheimer’s and Caregivers

Alzheimer’s Association to continue linking America with local resources, 24 hours a day

Sept. 27, 2013 - The Alzheimer’s Association has been granted up to $985,135 per year over five years to continue providing a 24-hour phone line for people with Alzheimer’s disease and those who care for them from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to Kathy Greenlee, administrator of the Administration for Community Living, part of HHS. Read more...

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Rare Mutations Increase Risk of Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease for Older People

Finding how impaired activity of ADAM10 enzyme increases neurodegeneration suggests therapeutic applications

Sept. 25, 2013 - Researchers have identified and validated two rare gene mutations that appear to cause the common form of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that strikes after the age of 60. The two mutations occur in a gene called ADAM10 – coding for an enzyme involved in processing the amyloid precursor protein – which now becomes the second pathologically-confirmed gene for late-onset AD and the fifth AD gene overall. Read more...

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Hospitalized Seniors with Dementia Have 25 Percent Chance of Death if Delirium Develops

Most seniors with dementia will develop delirium when hospitalized, which leads to rapid health decline - many die within 30 days

Sept. 16, 2013 – More than half of all senior citizens with pre-existing dementia will experience delirium while hospitalized. Failing to detect and treat their delirium early leads to a faster decline of both their physical and mental health, according to a study supported by the National Institute of Aging.

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Screening for Minor Memory Problems May Wrongly Label Many with Dementia

Experts gather in New Hampshire today to discuss threat to health, the waste of money by unnecessary care; Medicare covers annual cognitive test in wellness visit

Sept. 10, 2013 – The ongoing debate in medical circles over when people – in particular senior citizens – should be screened for various afflictions has not hit the battle against dementia. A political drive, led by the UK and US, to screen older people for minor memory changes (often called mild cognitive impairment or pre-dementia) is leading to unnecessary investigation and potentially harmful treatment for what is arguably an inevitable consequence of ageing, warn experts on today. Read more...

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Brain Circuitry Loss May Be Sign of Cognitive Decline in Healthy Elderly

Brain area known as the fornix may be connected to cognitive decline in senior citizens

Sept. 9, 2013 - The quest to find that very moment when a healthy elderly brain shifts into cognitive decline – considered an important goal for finding a better way to fight dementia – may have a new area to explore. The loss of white matter in the area of the brain known as the fornix may be connected to cognitive decline in senior citizens, says a new study. Read more...

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Dementia risk climbs in seniors as blood sugar level increases, even without diabetes

Diabetes has been linked dementia risk but this study finds it also increases in senior citizens without this disease

Aug. 8, 2013 – In testing of senior citizens, researchers have concluded there is a link between higher blood sugar levels and a higher risk of developing dementia, even among people who do not have diabetes. And, incrementally higher glucose level was associated with a higher risk of dementia in those without diabetes. An association between dementia and diabetes had been found in previous research. Read more...

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Cognitive decline with age is normal, routine – but not inevitable

Research making it clear cognitive decline with age is natural part of life, scientists tracking the problem down to highly specific components of the brain

By David Stauth

Aug. 7, 2013 – If you forget where you put your car keys and you can’t seem to remember things as well as you used to, the problem may well be with the GluN2B subunits in your NMDA receptors. And don’t be surprised if by tomorrow you can’t remember the name of those darned subunits. Read more...

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High rate of delirium in senior citizens after surgery  increases risk of cognitive decline, nursing home

45 percent have delirium in recovery room;  adverse effects on hospital outcomes; increased nursing home admission

July 24, 2013 – Close to half of senior citizens undergoing surgery with general anesthesia are found to have delirium in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU), according to a study in the August issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). Read more...

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Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Linked to Cancer, Later Retirement, Diabetes Med, Better Economic Status

Studies presented at Alzheimer’s Association conference point to unusual links to reducing your risk of this dementia

July 17, 2013 – Research presented at a meeting of Alzheimer’s disease experts revealed some surprising things that reduce the risk of this cause for cognitive decline. Most cancers, for example, are associated with a significantly lowered risk of Alzheimer’s and the risk drops even more if the cancer is treated with chemotherapy. A more controllable way to avoid AD is to retire later in life. And, if treating type 2 diabetes, take the medication Metformin. It also appears to help if you are higher on the socioeconomic scale. Read more...

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Early Vascular Disease Therapy May Delay or Prevent Dementia Due to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

In a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, cerebrovascular disease affecting circulation of blood in the brain was significantly associated with dementia

Link with vascular disease was strongest with Alzheimer's disease

July 15, 2013 - The early management of vascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, and adopting a 'heart healthy' diet as well as exercise and other lifestyles in midlife may delay or prevent the onset of dementia due to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, suggests a recent study by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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It May Not Be Amount of Plaque in Brain but Where It Builds That Can Predict Cognitive Decline

Relatively early accumulation of plaques in temporal lobe was associated with cognitive decline

July 15, 2013 – The build-up of amyloid plaque – clumps of abnormal proteins – in the brain has long been linked to Alzheimer’s disease but researchers have not been able to explain why many people with plaque accumulation do not develop dementia. New research says the trajectory of this amyloid plaque buildup may serve as a more powerful biomarker for early detection of cognitive decline rather than using the volume of plaque. Read more...

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Plan to Address Cognitive Health As Public Health Issue Released by Alzheimer's Association, CDC

Follows recent update of national plan to address Alzheimer's by Department of Health and Human Services

  The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map

  National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease

July 15, 2013 – Calling for public health officials to act now to stem the growing Alzheimer's crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer's Association unveiled The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018 at the 2013 Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Boston. Read more...

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Frequent Falls Seem to be Early Warning of Alzheimer’s, Cognitive Decline for Seniors

Study confirms earlier research showing movement changes older people precede cognitive decline in early Alzheimer’s or mild cognitive impairment

July 2, 2013 – Seniors citizens – persons age 65 and older – who tend to fall more often than most may be showing early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, report researchers at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Read more...

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Faster Method to Detect Parkinson’s May Lead to Better Control of Symptoms

This disorder of the nervous system affects movement and usually strikes seniors over 60; see video

June 13, 2013 - Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects a half million people in the United States, with about 50,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. And, it normally strikes older people as the pass age 60. There is no cure and, until now, no reliable method for detecting the disease. Read more...

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Better Educated Cope Best as Mild Cognitive Impairment Advances to Alzheimer’s

Study supports employing the brain in complex tasks may help form stronger ‘defenses’ against cognitive deterioration when AD knocks

June 4, 2013 - Highly educated individuals with mild cognitive impairment that later progressed to Alzheimer’s disease coped better with the disease than individuals with a lower level of education in the same situation, according to research published in the June issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Read more...

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Scientists See Potential of Alzheimer’s Magic Bullet in TSPO Ligands

Diseased mice respond to new drug - most severe older mice see signs of disease improve rapidly

By Jonathan Riggs

May 21, 2013 – Gerontology researchers think they have discovered what may lead to a drug to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. Working with a class of drugs called TSPO ligands and they were able to reduce AD pathology and improve memory in mice. They were most surprised in their success with old mice, where they saw the potential for a treatment of the disease. Read more...

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Depressed Cancer Survivors Twice as Likely to Die Prematurely

Prevalence of cancer rising as are number cured or living with it as a chronic disease… due partially to aging population, more effective treatments

May 16, 2013 - Depressed cancer survivors are twice as likely to die prematurely than those who do not suffer from depression, irrespective of the cancer site. That's according to a new study, by Floortje Mols and colleagues, from Tilburg University in The Netherlands. Read more...

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Test of Biomarkers Proves Alzheimer’s Can Be Predicted Years Before Symptoms Appear

Older people, men, African Americans more likely to become cognitively impaired than those younger, female and Caucasian

May 14, 2013 – Testing of several biomarkers previously shown to predict which patients will develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life has found they all work years before symptoms develop and with about the same degree of certainty. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who helped identify many of the biomarkers, studied spinal fluid samples and health data from 201 research participants in the study. Read more...

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Senior Citizen Memory Lapses Linked to Problems Processing Everyday Events

Older adults who showed atrophy in medial temporal lobe weren’t as good at remembering the everyday activities

May 7, 2013 - Some memory problems common to older adults may stem from an inability to segment daily life into discrete experiences and this may be associated with atrophy in a part of the brain, according to a new study. Read more...

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Exercise Fails to Help Depressed Elderly in London Care Homes

Popular with residents but it had no effect on depression or general quality of life

May 2, 2013 – Exercise often seems to be an automatic recommendation for anything that ails a senior citizen. New research indicates, however, that this common solution for better mental and physical health has met its match in trying to help elderly living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities escape from depression. Read more...

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Dementia Risk in 20-Year Decline Among Senior Citizens as Cardiovascular Disease Decreases

Reduction of dementia risk important but number of people with dementia will rise with the increase in life expectancy and growing number over age 75

April 20, 2013 – A new Swedish study appears to confirm that dementia is declining among older people: those 75 years old and older. The report in the journal Neurology shows the risk of the elderly developing dementia may have declined for over 20 years, in direct conflict with most assumptions. The reason appears to be the decrease in cardiovascular disease. Read more...

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New Lab Rat May Be Star of Future Alzheimer’s Research; Confirms Beta-Amyloid as Cause

New research funded by National Institutes of Health confirms Alzheimer’s brains have abnormal levels of beta-amyloid protein that form amyloid plaques

April 19, 2013 – Recent announcements from the National Institutes of Health about Alzheimer’s research almost sounded routine. On a second look, however, the confirmation that increases in the molecule beta-amyloid in the brain causes the disease, and that a new genetically engineered lab rat has been created with the full array of brain changes found in the disease. Read more...

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U.S. Dementia Care Costs at $215 Billion in 2010; To Pass Heart Disease, Cancer: NIH Study

BRAIN initiative announced by Obama this week will use a new generation of tools to learn secrets to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders

April 4, 2013 - The costs of caring for people with dementia in the United States in 2010 were between $159 billion to $215 billion, and those costs could rise dramatically with the increase in the numbers of older people in coming decades, according to estimates from a study of people age 71 and older. And, the study indicates the costs of care comparable to, if not greater than, those for heart disease and cancer. Read more...

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Senior Citizens with Memory Concerns, Vietnam Veterans Needed for Major Alzheimer’s Studies

Study of memory conducted at 54 sites in U.S. and five in Canada

April 3, 2013 – Senior citizens – those ages 65 to 90 – are needed as volunteers for a study in the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. And, Vietnam War veterans are asked to help with a study of connections between traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and signs of Alzheimer’s disease in Vietnam veterans as they age. Read more...

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Parkinson’s Drug Helps Seniors in Their Seventies With Decision-Making

Discover brain activity of senior citizens is different than in young adults who are better at making decisions

March 25, 2013 - New research finds changes in the patterns of brain activity of senior citizens in their seventies offers new insight into why the elderly are worse at decision-making than young people and they also discover a Parkinson’s Disease drug can help reverse age-related impairments in decision-making in older people. Read more...

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Grief From Loss of Partner May Cause Memory Problems but Not About the Lost Loved One

Also works when the grieved imagine future events: no problem if it involves lost partner

March 18, 2013 – Most senior citizens are not surprised when a friend suffering from complicated grief after the death of their partner has difficulty recalling specific events from the past or imagining specific events in the future. A new study finds, however, those faults are not present when these events involve the partner they lost. Read more...

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Flip of a Single Molecular Switch Makes an Old Brain Young

When Yale researchers blocked the function of key gene in old mice, they reset the old brain to adolescent levels of plasticity

March 6, 2013 - The flip of a single molecular switch helps create the mature neuronal connections that allow the brain to bridge the gap between adolescent impressionability and adult stability. Now Yale School of Medicine researchers have reversed the process, recreating a youthful brain that facilitated both learning and healing in the adult mouse. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Memory Cocktail Envisioned as Way to Improve Memory, Cognitive Problems

Discovery of mechanism that stores memories in the brain may open door to Holy Grail of memory neuroscience – a "smart drug"

March 5, 2013 – Researchers are now envisioning a “memory cocktail” with a combination of small molecules to improve different aspects of memory formation to efficiently treat cognitive disorders. They have discovered a mechanism – mTORC2 - by which memories are stored in the brain. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Researchers Set Stage for Possible Treatment of Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

In early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, people fail to learn new games, rules or technologies because cognitive flexibility decreases

By Melissa Blouin

March 1, 2013 - Researchers at the University of Florida and The Johns Hopkins University have developed a line of genetically altered mice that model the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This model may help scientists identify new therapies to provide relief to patients who are beginning to experience symptoms. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Seniors Remember Better Than Young Adults in Tests Using Distractions to Enhance Memory

Growing body of science showing older brains are adept at processing irrelevant and relevant information in the environment, without conscious effort, to aid memory

Feb. 22, 2013 – Compelling evidence that older adults can eliminate forgetfulness and perform as well on memory tests as younger adults has been discovered by scientist at Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute (RRI) and the University of Toronto’s Psychology Department. The secret was repeating words as distracters. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Age-Related Cognitive Decline Stopped in Older Mice When Scientists Turn Off Dickkopf-1

Older mice actually produced more neurons and reached performance level of young animals with silencing of this signaling molecule

Feb. 7, 2013 - Cognitive decline as we age is linked to the decreasing production of new neurons. Scientists with the German Cancer Research Center may have discovered a fountain of youth for the brain.  that keeps the neurons coming. They have discovered that significantly more neurons are generated in the brains of older mice if a signaling molecule called Dickkopf-1 is turned off. Read more...

Hearing Loss Signals Faster Cognitive Decline, Impairment for Senior Citizens

Having hearing loss indicated a 30% to 40% accelerated rate of cognitive decline and 24% increased risk for cognitive impairment

Jan. 21, 2013 – Hearing loss in older people appears to signal accelerated cognitive decline and impairment in a study of men and women with an average age of 77. The report is published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Mental Abilities in Older People Retained and Even Improved by Aerobic Exercise

Task switching, selective attention, working memory and more benefit from aerobic exercise

Dec. 13, 2012 – New research has found that older people can retain and even improve certain mental abilities through aerobic exercise, including mental tasks associated with driving. Particular aspects of cognitive function such as task switching, selective attention and working memory among others, all appear to benefit from aerobic exercise. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements

Low Vitamin D Level Increases Risk for Aging Women of Alzheimer’s, Cognitive Decline

Women who developed Alzheimer’s disease had lower vitamin D intake; low vitamin D among older women associated with global cognitive impairment

Nov. 30, 2012 - Two new studies emphasize that vitamin D appears to play a key role in protecting aging women from Alzheimer’s disease and older women in particular from other cognitive impairment. The studies appear in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. Read more...

Parkinson's, Dementia & Mental Health

Promising Drug Slows Down Advance of Parkinson's Disease and Improves Symptoms

GM1 ganglioside slowed progression of disease in patients over at least a 2-year period; once the participants went off drug, their disease worsened

Nov. 30, 2012 - Treating Parkinson's disease patients with the experimental drug GM1 ganglioside improved symptoms and slowed their progression during a two and a half-year trial, Thomas Jefferson University researchers report in a new study published online November 28 in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Even Older People Can Slow Alzheimer’s, Other Dementia with Active Lifestyle

Data kept for 20 years; lifestyle factors included recreational sports, gardening, yard work, bicycling, dancing and riding exercise cycle

Nov. 27, 2012 - Previous studies have indicated that exercise may slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A study presented today, however, focused on senior citizens – average age 78 – and concluded an active lifestyle helps preserve gray matter in the brains of older adults and could reduce the burden of dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Read more...

Mental Health

Older People Most Unhappy with Health Problems That Disrupt Life; Study Finds How to Measure

People with cancer are significantly happier than those with urinary incontinence, but new research seeks ‘debility’ score to quantify

Nov. 13, 2012 – It is well established that how unhappy a disease makes older people is determined by the degree to which it disrupts their daily life. A new research project, however, has now found a way to measure how much a disease disrupts daily function. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Alzheimer’s Patients Show Significant Slowing of Decline with New Drug

Experimental drug Solanezumab that once got bad grades in Eli Lilly clinical trial bounces back

Oct. 9, 2012 – The quest for a drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease continues its bumpy progress as Eli Lilly and Company announced yesterday that an experimental drug therapy called solanezumab targeting mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, that did not meet their primary endpoints in August, has now produced a “statistically significant slowing of cognitive decline.” This second look at the Phase 3 data found the cognitive decline was slowed by 34 percent. Read more...

Baby Aspirin May Slow Brain Power Decline in Elderly Women with Heart Disease Risk

Older women in Swedish study were at high risk of heart disease and stroke

Oct. 8, 2012 – Elderly women may be able to slow the decline in their brain power with a daily low dose aspirin, at least if they are at high risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new observational study reported online in BMJ Open. Read more...

Dementia Screening May Soon Be Done at Home with New Computer Tool

Software patterned after paper-and-pencil Clock Drawing Test - commonly used screening exam for cognitive impairment

Oct. 3, 2012 - With baby boomers approaching the age of 65 and new cases of Alzheimer’s disease expected to increase by 50 percent by the year 2030, Georgia Tech researchers have created a tool that allows older people to screen themselves for early signs of dementia. The home-based computer software is patterned after the paper-and-pencil Clock Drawing Test, one of health care’s most commonly used screening exams for cognitive impairment. Read more...

Alzheimer's Group Has Tips to Cope with Negative Perceptions of  Dementia

World Alzheimer’s Report finds negative perceptions of people with dementia; Alzheimer’s Association’s has tips for facing this stigma; it’s World Alzheimer’s Month

Sept. 25, 2012 - Seventy-five percent of people with dementia and 64 percent of caregivers believe there are negative associations for those diagnosed with dementia in their countries, according to survey fielded by Alzheimer’s Disease International and published today in the World Alzheimer Report 2012: Overcoming the Stigma of Dementia. The report was released on Alzheimer’s Action Day as part of World Alzheimer’s Month activities engaging people in the cause and raising awareness about the disease. Read more...

Potentially Powerful Tool in Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease Discovered at Mayo

Enzyme destroys beta-amyloid found in brains of those with the disease

Sept. 17, 2012 - An enzyme (protein that controls biochemical reactions) that could represent a powerful new tool for combating Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. This protein - known as BACE2 - destroys beta-amyloid, a toxic protein fragment that litters the brains of patients who have the disease. The findings were published online today in the science journal Molecular Neurodegeneration. Read more...

About One-Third of Stroke Survivors Suffer Depression, Mostly Men

Reducing health ambiguity with proactive communication may be effective for reducing survivor distress: small study

Sept. 12, 2012 – About 33% of stroke survivors struggle with depression and men are considerably more likely to suffer depression than are women, according to a small study reported in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The survivors’ uncertainty about the illness causes the depression. Read more...

Breast Cancer Survivors Given Chemo May Suffer Mild Cognitive Impairment

Large study finds evidence of ‘Chemo Brain’ – patients do significantly worse on tests of verbal and visuospatial ability than patients not getting chemo

Sept. 4, 2012 – Breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy are at risk of mild cognitive impairment after treatment – a condition referred to as “Chemo Brain,” according to researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center. The review of previously published studies, found that study participants on average had mild impairments in verbal abilities (such as difficulty choosing words) and visuospatial abilities (such as getting lost more easily). Read more...


Why are Elderly Duped? Researchers Claim Brains Damaged or Deteriorated

They report they’ve pinpointed the precise location in the human brain where problem for seniors is causes

By Richard C. Lewis, University of Iowa

Aug. 16, 2012 - Everyone knows the adage: “If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” So, why, then, do some people fall for scams and why are older folks especially prone to being duped? Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Placebo Wins and Bapineuzumab Bites the Dust in Quest to Conquer Alzheimer’s

Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson call it quits on joint venture with antibody that targets beta-amyloid

Aug. 7, 2012 – The placebo wins again in the struggle to find drugs to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease. The latest victim is bapineuzumab in its intravenous form. Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, partners in the clinical trials, announced yesterday that phase 3 clinical development of bapineuzumab intravenous (IV) in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease is being discontinued. Read more...

Releasing Growth Hormone Improves Cognitive Ability of Seniors, Even if Impaired

Growth hormone - releasing hormone (tesamorelin) may promote brain health in normal aging

Aug. 6, 2012 – Taking a hormone that releases growth hormone will boost the cognitive ability of senior citizens – even those suffering from mild cognitive impairment, according to a clinical trial reported Online First by Archives of Neurology, a JAMA Network publication. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Alzheimer’s Foundation Offers a $2,500 Prize, Mind Exercise in Puzzle Contest

Experts and novices can test mental fitness with crossword by renowned puzzle master in Brain Game Challenge

Aug. 4, 2012 - It’s time to sharpen your “pencils” – and mental skills – because the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is hosting its 2nd annual National Brain Game Challenge, an online game of skill in which contestants will have 24 hours starting September 30 to solve a puzzle crafted by one of the nation’s most respected puzzle masters, Merl Reagle. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Game-Changing Find in Battle Against Alzheimer’s: A Gene Offers Protection

Study links cognitive decline in senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease; says amyloid-beta plaque is cause of AD

July 12, 2012 - New research by deCODE Genetics is a game-changer in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. It reveals a gene that protects against Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and even cognitive decline in the elderly. The discovery also finds linkage between age-related cognitive decline and late-onset forms of AD, the most common cause of dementia. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements

Cognitive Decline in Seniors Not Slowed by Omega-3 Fish Oil in Short Term

But researchers say longer term effects of omega-3 on cognitive decline and dementia need to be explored; urge seniors continue eating fish regularly

July 10, 2012 - Older people who take omega-3 fish oil supplements are probably not reducing their chances of losing cognitive function, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. Based on data from studies lasting up to 3.5 years, the researchers concluded that the supplements offered no benefits for cognitive health over placebo capsules or margarines, but that longer term effects are worth investigating. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Senior Cardiac Surgery Patients May Suffer Extended Cognitive Problems

Postoperative delirium a common complications in hospitalized senior citizens over 65; may be key to improve recovery of cognitive ability

July 5, 2012 - Older patients undergoing cardiac surgery often experience changes in cognitive function, such as memory problems or an inability to focus, in the days immediately following their operations. While these changes are usually temporary, for unknown reasons, a significant number of cardiac patients will encounter long-term cognitive problems, lasting as long as a year after their surgeries. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Tai Chi Enlarges Brains, Improves Memory, Thinking in Elderly Chinese

First trial showing lesser aerobic exercise, with stimulating discussion increased brain volume, improved results on memory, thinking tests

June 19, 2012 - Scientists from the University of South Florida in Tampa and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article published today in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Living Alone Increases Risk of Mortality, Cardiovascular Death for Older Adults

Among patients older than 80 years, living alone was not associated with an increased risk of mortality

June 18, 2012 - Living alone was associated with an increased risk of death and cardiovascular death for middle-aged people and seniors up to 80 years old in an international study of stable outpatients at risk of or with arterial vascular disease (such as coronary disease or peripheral vascular disease). Read more...

Older People Living with Loneliness Face Functional Decline and Death

‘Loneliness is a common source of suffering in older persons. We demonstrated that it is also a risk factor for poor health outcomes including death…’

June 18, 2012 - In older persons, loneliness is known as a common source of distress and impaired quality of life. A new study, however, finds that loneliness in people over 60 years of age is even more serious – it can lead to functional decline and death. Read more...

Seniors with Diabetes, Poor Glucose Control Show Greater Cognitive Decline

Supports hypothesis that older adults with diabetes have reduced cognitive function,  poor glycemic control may be contributor

June 18, 2012 - Among well-functioning older adults without dementia, diabetes mellitus (DM) and poor glucose control are associated with worse cognitive function and greater cognitive decline, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Neurology, a JAMA Network publication. Read more...

Aging News & Information

The Answer Not Always on the ‘Tip of the Tongue’ for Most Senior Citizens

Majority report this problem but older adults sometimes outperform young adults at things like remembering appointments

June 15, 2012 - Has your memory failed you today, such as struggling to recall a word that's "on the tip of your tongue?" If so, you're not alone. New University of Michigan research indicates that "tip-of-the-tongue" errors happen often to adults ages 65-92. In a study of 105 healthy, highly-educated older adults, 61 percent reported this memory mishap. Read more...

Senior Citizen Politics

Senators Want Antipsychotic Drug Use Better Controlled in Nursing Homes

‘…overuse of antipsychotics is a common and well-recognized problem that puts frail elders at risk and costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year’

May 23, 2012 – Senators from both parties joined with the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., to propose legislation to combat the costly and inappropriate – yet widespread – use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Obama Administration: A Plan To Prevent Alzheimer’s By 2025

Plan has been through months of development since President Obama signed  National Alzheimer’s Project Act in January 2011, funding, however, an issue - see video

By Christian Torres, KHN, Capsules: The KHN Blog

May 16, 2012 - The Obama administration is moving forward with an ambitious, fast-moving agenda to improve the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and unlock a method to prevent it by 2025. The final draft of the plan, released yesterday, also sets up a wide-ranging effort to improve the care that Alzheimer’s patients receive and support families. Read more, see video...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

National Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s Presented by Obama Administration

HHS Secretary outlines research funding, tools for health care providers, awareness campaign and new website

May 15, 2012 – An aggressive national plant to fight Alzheimer’s disease was released by the Obama Administration today. The plan was called for in the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), which President Obama signed into law in January 2011. The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease sets forth five goals, including the development of effective prevention and treatment approaches for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by 2025. Read more...

Reducing Brain Activity Improves Memory in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment

Reducing the elevated activity in the hippocampus may help to restore memory and protect the brain

May 9, 2012 – Stop thinking so much – excess brain activity may be doing more harm than good in some conditions that cause mild cognitive decline and memory impairment. This could be a new therapeutic approach for improving memory and modifying disease progression in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Read more...

Depression in Middle Age or Later Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

Chronic depression during the life course may be etiologically associated with an increased risk of dementia, particularly vascular dementia

May 8, 2012 – Depression and dementia are common in older people and often occur at the same time. A new study has determined that depressive symptoms in midlife or in late life are associated with an increased risk of developing dementia. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Older Adults Maintain Youthful Brains by Staying Mentally, Socially Stimulated

Engagement is the secret to a brain that appears younger than its years

April 28, 2012 - Aging may seem unavoidable, but that's not necessarily so when it comes to the brain. It is what you do in old age that matters most when it comes to maintaining a youthful brain, now what you did earlier in life, according to new research. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Positive Attitude Appears to Offer Protection from Heart Attacks, Strokes

Greater well-being related to better biological function - lower blood pressure, healthier lipid (blood fat) profiles, normal body weight

April 17, 2012 – The most optimistic individuals had an approximately 50% reduced risk of experiencing an initial cardiovascular event compared to their less optimistic peers, according to a new study that concludes that positive psychological well-being appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Sam’s Club Offers Free Memory, Brain Health Screening Saturday, April 14

Screenings targeting older people available to members and guests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 10, 2012 – Everyone sometimes forgets. A certain degree of memory problems are a common part of aging. There is a difference, however, between changes in memory and memory loss from Alzheimer's disease. One in eight adults over the age of 65 is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and 20 percent of the elderly population suffers from some form of dementia. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Age-Related Memory Loss Restored in Fruit Flies by Neuron Stimulation 

Intermediate-term memory is lost due to age-related impairment of the function of certain neurons; Scripps scientists found that stimulating these neurons can reverse these memory defects

April 3, 2012 – Researchers at the Jupiter, Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have discovered that the loss of memory that comes with aging is not necessarily a permanent thing. They have demonstrated the ability to restore those evaporated memories by stimulating key neurons – at least in fruit flies. Read more, animation on brain basics...

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Brain Stimulation Improves Speech, Memory, Number Skill of Elderly and Stroke Victims

tDCS can speed up word finding in healthy older people and stroke patients; helping to identify which parts of the brain should be stimulated - see video on tDCS in story

April, 2, 2012 – A symposium in Chicago explores the possibilities of improving speech, memory and numerical abilities of stroke victims and the elderly battling dementia. Many of the studies focus on tDCS – transcranial direct current stimulation -are seeking to cut that time significantly, with the help of non-invasive brain stimulation. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Survivors of Multiple Cancers Most Likely to Engage in Unhealthy Behavior

Large study suggests clinical interventions to change the pattern

March 22, 2012 – A very large study has resulted in findings that are not that surprising – people who survive multiple cancers are more likely than those who have had no more than one cancer to engage in unhealthy behaviors after being diagnosed. The researchers suggest clinical interventions to change this behavior pattern. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Blood Vessel Disease of Retina in Senior Women May Indicate Cognitive Decline

UCSF-led study points to potential tool for early diagnosis of vascular damage in brain

By Jennifer O'Brien

March 15, 2012 - Women 65 or older who have even mild retinopathy, a disease of blood vessels in the retina, are more likely to have cognitive decline and related vascular changes in the brain, according to a multi-institutional study led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Read more...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Caregivers for Alzheimer’s Victims Find Yoga Improves Life, Slows Cellular Aging

Five million in U.S. care for people with dementia; stress puts them at high risk of depression

March 13, 2012 - A new study out of UCLA suggests that using yoga to engage in very brief, simple daily meditation can lead to improved cognitive functioning and lower levels of depression for caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease victims. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

New Alzheimer’s Report Shows It Marches on as a Top Killer of America’s Seniors

Cost of AD to reach $200 billion this year – most for Medicare, Medicaid; 1 of 7 AD patients lives alone - see video

March 8, 2012 - The Alzheimer’s Association today released the 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures with some striking updates on the disease pertaining to the continued increase in deaths, the spiraling cost to the U.S. and a little known fact that millions of Alzheimer’s patients are left to live along. Read more...

Depression in Older People with Coronary Artery Disease Points to Cognitive Decline

Findings highlight need for longer-term monitoring of depressive symptom severity and change by clinicians, caregivers

March 8, 2012 - Persistent depression symptoms may be associated with significantly greater declines in cognitive performance in senior patients with coronary artery disease, who underwent cardiac catheterization, according to a study published in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Seniors With Medical, Psychological Stress Should Consider Yoga, Study Says

Yoga considered by many a tremendous tool for combating the concerns of an aging society, see video

Video about seniors and yoga

March 6, 2012 - Senior citizens - the age group most often dealing with stress-related psychological and medical conditions – may want to see if yoga offers relief. A new study says it is effective in treating patients with depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and cardiac disease. Read more, see video...

Aging News & Information

Women Expecting Stressful Events See Cellular Aging Accelerate

Short telomeres in cellular aging associated with risk for chronic diseases - see second report below on several UCSF studies of stress damage on telomeres and repair by exercise

Feb. 27, 2012 - The ability to anticipate future events allows us to plan and exert control over our lives, but it may also contribute to stress-related increased risk for the diseases of aging, according to a study by UCSF researchers. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Statins Appear to Reduce Risk of Depression in Heart Patients

Statins may have long-term protective effect against depression, perhaps by helping to prevent atherosclerosis in the brain

Feb. 25, 2012 – Senior citizens – the primary users of cholesterol-lowering statins – may look forward to less depression if they have been prescribed the drugs for heart disease. A new long-term study finds these statin users are much less likely to suffer depression than non-users. Read more...

Cognitive Function in Older Adults Gets Boost from World of Warcraft Video Game

People who needed it most – those performing worst on initial testing – saw the most improvement

Feb. 22, 2012 - For some older adults, the online video game World of Warcraft (WoW) may provide more than just an opportunity for escapist adventure. Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that playing WoW actually boosted cognitive functioning for older adults – particularly those adults who had scored poorly on cognitive ability tests before playing the game. Read more...

Overeating May Double Risk of Memory Loss for Seniors, Earlier Study Suggests Opposite

Study released today seems in conflict to one from last month concerning senior citizens, being over-weight and memory loss

Feb. 13, 2012 – New research suggests that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day may double the risk of memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), among senior citizens age 70 and older. It seems to conflict with research released last month suggesting that weight loss or a low body mass index (BMI) later in life may be an early warning sign of mental decline. Read more...

Cognitive Impairment in Senior Citizens Going Undetected in Primary Care

Study finds recommendations against routine screening leaving many dementia patients untreated

Feb. 13, 2012 - Brief cognitive screening of senior citizens by health care providers at routine care visits, combined with further evaluation for those who failed, increased the new diagnoses of cognitive impairment two to three fold, according to a new study. Such screening is counter to most recommendations that it should be done only when patients show symptoms. Read more...

War Against Alzheimer’s Gets Big Boost from Obama Administration Today

New research funds of $130 million, more for education, support of Alzheimer’s Project Act

Feb. 7, 2012 – The battle against Alzheimer’s disease is getting a gigantic number of reinforcements from the Obama Administration today, including $130 million in research funding and $26 million for caregiver support and education. These actions follow the signing last month by President Obama of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Read more...

Large Numbers of Senior Citizens with Milder Alzheimer’s May See Diagnosis Change

New definition of ‘mild cognitive impairment’ changed; physicians may move AD patients back to MCI; seen more as pre-Alzheimer’s

Feb. 6, 2012 - A large number of patients – mostly senior citizens – living with a diagnosis of very mild or even mild Alzheimer’s disease may be reclassified as having mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to a recent revision of the criteria for this condition, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Milk Drinkers Up to Age 98 Scored Better on Memory, Brain Function Tests

Regardless of age those who drank at least one glass of milk daily had advantage in mental performance tests

Jan. 30, 2012 Researchers have found that adults up to the age of 98 with higher intakes of milk and milk products scored significantly higher on memory and other brain function tests than those who drank little to no milk, according to a news release from the Milk Processor Education Program funded by the nation's milk processors. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Mild Cognitive Impairment Common Among Elderly, Men, High School Grads

Women, people with some college education fair better fighting off dementia - see video report

Jan. 25, 2012 - Researchers involved in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging reported today that more than 6 percent of Americans age 70 to 89 develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) every year. Also, the condition appears to affect men and those who only have a high school education more than women and those who have completed some higher education. Read more, see video..

Keeping Brain Active Protects Against Alzheimer’s But May Be Too Late for Seniors

Study finds beta-amyloid causing protein not as common in those enjoying mental activities

Jan. 24, 2012 – A new study confirms the long-held belief that keeping the brain active as we age provides protection from the development of Alzheimer’s disease, but it also pin-points the biological cause. For older people, however, it is not all good news, since the most protection appears to develop before people become senior citizens. Read more...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

GPS Devices in Shoes a Growing Solution to Wandering Alzheimer’s Patients

GTC sets goal on worldwide network, ships more miniature GPS devices to Aetrex Shoes

Jan. 18, 2012 – Caregivers are increasingly turning to miniature 2-way GPS embedded in shoes to monitor the location of senior citizens afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, according to GTX Corp. The company announced the second delivery of 1,500 GPS devices to footwear-maker Aetrex Worldwide. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Age 45 is the New 60, At Least Where It Concerns the Beginning of Mental Decline

New study disrupts assumption that cognitive decline begins about age 60, finds it is more like age 45 to 49

Jan. 9, 2012 - Baby boomers and younger adults in their 40s may have been waiting until they hit their 60s to start worrying about how to prevent mental decline. But, new research says that may be a little late. Their research shows cognitive decline beginning about age 45 and continuing with age. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Aging Brains May Stay Sharp, Avoid Shrinkage, Alzheimer's with Proper Diet

Good choices Bs, C, D, E & omega 3; also diets high in trans fats more likely to produce brain shrinkage, lower scores on thinking, memory

"...exciting to think that people could potentially stop their brains from shrinking and keep them sharp by adjusting their diet,” Gene Bowman

Jan. 4, 2012 – A new study suggests that people can potentially stop their brains from shrinking, avoid Alzheimer’s disease and stay mentally sharp just by adjusting their diet. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

New Clues as to Why Some Senior Citizens May Be Losing Their Memory

Elderly with silent strokes scored worse on memory tests, even if hippocampus was normal size

Jan. 3, 2012 - New research links ‘silent strokes,’ or small spots of dead brain cells, found in about one out of four older adults to memory loss in the elderly. The study is published in today’s print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Fat Hormone Adiponectin May Increase Dementia, Alzheimer’s Risk for Women

Study participants averaged 76 years of age at start of study – in 13 years 19% developed dementia; about 79% of those had Alzheimer’s

Jan. 2, 2012 – Adiponectin, a hormone in visceral fat, appears to play a role increasing the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in older women, according to a study published Online First today by the Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Sea Snails Play Key Role in Strategy to Improve Memory Damaged by Aging

This snail has contributed to the understanding of learning and memory

Dec. 27, 2011 – Neuroscientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are encouraged from test using sea snails that their innovative learning strategy to help improve the brain’s memory may someday help people who suffer impairments from aging, stroke, traumatic brain injury or congenital cognitive impairments. Read more...

Alzheimer’s Drug from Salk Institute May be First to Prevent AD Progression

Drug known as J147 is first to enhance memory and protect brain from devastating cognitive decline due to loss of synaptic connection - see video report

Dec. 15, 2011 - A new drug candidate may be the first capable of halting the devastating mental decline of Alzheimer's disease, based on the findings of a study by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies published in PLoS ONE. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Swinging One Arm Less Than Other is Early Sign of Parkinson’s Disease

Early detection can allow treatments to slow the disease progression, maybe save lives

Dec. 13, 2011 - People with Parkinson's disease swing their arms asymmetrically - one arm swings less than the other - when walking. This unusual movement is easily detected early when drugs and other interventions may help slow the disease, according to Penn State researchers. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Study Finds Stress Relief Helps Overweight Women Lose Weight Without Dieting

Women do better after realizing it is stress that makes them take an extra helping of holiday goodies

Dec. 7, 2011 - Women who experienced the greatest reduction in stress tended to have the most loss of deep belly fat in a recent study. To a greater degree than fat that lies just under the skin, this deep abdominal fat is associated with an elevated risk for developing heart disease or diabetes. The researchers say this finding – stress makes you reach for another helping - offers hope for those who dread gaining weight during the holiday season. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Eating Baked, Broiled Fish Wards Off Cognitive Decline, Alzheimer’s Disease

Senior citizens  nearing danger zone of cognitive problems should eat fish weekly

Dec. 6, 2011 - You can reduce your risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by eating fish that is baked or broiled every week, according to a study presented last week at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting. Read more...

Ten-Year Study of Medicaid Depression Patients Sees Big Cost Climb, Small Care Gain

Antipsychotic use increased from 25.9%to 41.9%,cost jumped 939%

Dec. 5, 2011 – The cost of treating Medicaid patients with depression increased substantially over a 10-year period, but it resulted in just a minimal improvement in the quality of their care, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read more...

Researcher Restores Smell – One of Earliest Losses for Alzheimer’s Patients

Experiment with mice also confirms amyloid beta is the cause; seeking methods to slow AD progression

Nov. 30, 2011 - One of the earliest known impairments caused by Alzheimer's disease - loss of sense of smell – can be restored by removing a plaque-forming protein in a mouse model of the disease, according to a new study. It also confirms that the protein amyloid beta causes this loss. Read more...

Senior Citizens Hospitalized with Delirium More Likely to Die in One Year

Delirium in elderly patients is frequently overlooked or misdiagnosed as depression, dementia

Nov. 17, 2011 - Hospital patients who are senior citizens over age 65 who are referred for a psychiatric consultation and found to have delirium are more likely than those without delirium to die within one year following diagnosis, according to a new study published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. Read more...

Parkinson's, Dementia & Mental Health

New Report Confirms Chemical Exposure Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

National Institutes of Health study finds trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PERC) are culprits

Nov. 14, 2011 - A research report being published today confirms previous evidence that occupational exposure to certain chemical solvents increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease. The disease, for example, was nine times more common in a twin exposed to trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PERC) than one who was not. It most often strikes senior citizens. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Alzheimer’s Association Gathers Ideas from 43,000 Americans to Help Develop U.S. Plan

Ideas in new report came from 43,000 people touched by the disease; 10 major challenges emerge - see video

Nov. 8, 2011 – A mammoth undertaking to gather insights and views about Alzheimer’s disease by all 70 chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association has resulted in a report that will become a tool in developing a national plan by the federal government to combat the mind-destroying disease. Read more, see video...

Free Memory Screening at 2,500 Places on November 15; All Kmart Pharmacies

9th annual memory day by Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has 30 professional organizations joining in

Nov. 7, 2011 - As federal officials and other experts work toward developing the first-ever national plan that will address the growing crisis of Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is encouraging Americans to take their own steps to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free memory screenings during its National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) on November 15. Read more...

People with High Blood Pressure Not So Good at Recognizing Emotion in Faces

Big part of senior population has high blood pressure and may have ‘emotional dampening’

Nov. 3, 2011 – People with high blood pressure, and that’s a big hunk of the senior citizen population, have less ability than others to recognize anger, fearful, sad and happy faces. They are just not good at recognizing emotional content in faces and texts. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Prostate Cancer Patients Considering Suicide May Find Help in New Concept

Patients who have these negative thoughts before surgery are more likely to have a lower perceived quality of life 3 months afterwards

Oct. 31, 2011 - Men with prostate cancer are twice as likely to commit suicide, but a method where they put intrusive thoughts into words may reduce this risk, reveals research at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Family Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients Find Communications the Major Stress

Losing the ability to communicate frightens all caregivers the most, says survey for National Family Caregivers Association

Oct. 25, 2011 – Family caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients are most fearful of the health and physical decline of their loved one, and right behind that is their concern about their relative’s loss of the ability to communicate. This communications decline is also a major source of stress, since it hinders their ability to provide optimum care. Read more...

GPS Shoes for Alzheimer’s Patients About to Hit U.S. Market

10/23/11 - The first shoes with built-in GPS devices -- to help track down dementia-suffering seniors who wander off and get lost -- are set to hit the US market this month, the manufacturer says.

GTX Corp said the first batch of 3,000 pairs of shoes has been shipped to the footwear firm Aetrex Worldwide, two years after plans were announced to develop the product.

The shoes will sell at around $300 a pair and buyers will be able to set up a monitoring service to locate "wandering" seniors suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. Read more by AFP at Yahoo…

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Mild Strokes Appear More Serious; Efforts Needed to ID Depression, Vision, Mental Loss

Seventy-five per cent of severe strokes occur in senior citizens over age 65, mild strokes hit younger people

Oct. 3, 2011 - On the surface they appear unaffected, but people who have mild strokes may live with hidden disabilities, including depression, vision problems and difficulty thinking, according to a study released today. The authors call for new guidelines for the treatment and management of mild strokes, which account for two-thirds of all strokes and usually involve a hospital stay of one to five days. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Award-Winning Research Points Toward Targeted Alzheimer’s Vaccine

Oral vaccine targets RAGE and amyloid by using body's immune system

Sept. 26, 2011 – An accomplice to the protein that causes plaque buildup in Alzheimer's disease is the focus of a potential new treatment, according to research by a Georgia Health Sciences University graduate student. Read more...

Free Memory Screening November 15 by Alzheimer’s Foundation Draws Support

International Alzheimer’s study finds millions with dementia not diagnosed

Sept. 21, 2011 - More than 30 leading professional organizations are supporting the annual National Memory Screening Day that will be held this year on November 15, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. This follows a report released earlier this month by Alzheimer's Disease International saying that "perhaps as many as 28 million of the world's 36 million people with dementia have yet to receive a diagnosis, and therefore do not have access to treatment, information, and care." Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Humor May Be Best Medicine for Agitated Dementia Patients

Australian SMILE study tested ‘clown doctors,’ found 20% reduction in agitation - comparable to anti-psychotic drugs

Sept. 21, 2011 - Humor therapy is as effective as widely used antipsychotic drugs in managing agitation in patients with dementia and avoids serious drug side effects, says a new study to be presented this week at the National Dementia Research Forum in Sydney, Australia. Read more...

Memory Complaints by Elderly May Indicate Serious Cognitive Problems

The more memory complaints senior citizens have, the worse off their cognitive functioning

Sept. 15, 2011 – Family members and physicians need to be aware that what may at first seem to be the memory lapses in senior citizens that come with aging, may actually be cognitive problems that are far more serious, according to findings published today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Aerobic Exercise  Important Therapy for Preventing, Slowing Down Dementia

Mayo Clinic: ‘very compelling argument for exercise as a disease-modifying strategy to prevent dementia and mild cognitive impairment’

Sept. 7, 2011 - Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition's progression once it starts, reported a Mayo Clinic study published this month in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Brain Imaging Scan Finds Chemical Brain Change in Elderly at Risk of Alzheimer’s

Increasing evidence Alzheimer’s associated with changes in brain starting many years before symptoms show

Aug. 25, 2011 - A brain imaging scan of senior citizens in their 70s and 80s has identified biochemical changes in the brains of normal people who might be at risk for Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the August 24, 2011, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Read more...

Senior Citizens Increase Risk of Cognitive Decline with Too Much Salt, Too Little Exercise

Believed to be first study linking benefits of a low sodium diet to brain health in healthy older adults

Aug. 22, 2011 – Senior citizens who lead sedentary lifestyles and consume a lot of sodium in their diet may be putting themselves at risk for more than just heart disease. A new reports says it appears to also be detrimental to your mental health. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Fish Oil Supplements Appear to Help Older People Think Better, Save Brains

There was clear association between fish oil supplements and brain volume

Aug. 17, 2011 – The evidence from a recent study of older people indicates that consuming fish oil supplements has a positive impact on brain health and aging. The researchers report better cognitive functioning as well as a difference in brain structure between people taking fish oil supplements and non-users. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Exercise May Help Prevent Brain Damage Caused by Alzheimer's Disease

Could help develop approach for early intervention in preventing brain damage; allows brain chemicals to prevent inflammation

Aug.15, 2011 – Regular exercise could help prevent brain damage associated with Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, according to research published this month in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Older Women with Sleep-Disordered Breathing at Risk of Cognitive Decline, Dementia

Findings suggest potential role for supplemental oxygen for sleep-disordered breathing in elderly

Aug. 9, 2011 - Older women with sleep-disordered breathing, as indicated by measures of oxygen deficiency (hypoxia), were more likely to develop cognitive impairment or dementia than women without this disorder, according to a study in the August 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). This is a common condition among senior citizens, affecting up to 60 percent. Read more...

Parkinson's, Dementia & Mental Health

Deep Brain Stimulation Appears to Help Parkinson's Disease Patients for 10 Years

What is Deep Brain Stimulation - see below news report

Aug. 8, 2011 - One decade after receiving implants that stimulate areas of their brains, patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) appear to sustain improvement in motor function, although part of the initial benefit wore off mainly because of progressive loss of benefit in other functions, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Age and Severity of Heart Failure Associated With Impairment in Verbal Memory

Stable memory function was maintained in patients younger than 63 years

Aug. 8, 2011 - Older patients – those age 63 or older - with lower rates of left ventricular ejection fraction (a measure of how well the left ventricle of the heart pumps with each contraction) appear more likely than younger patients to have significantly reduced verbal memory function, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Neighborhood Status Influences Cognitive Ability of Older Women

Non-whites most vulnerable to the effects of living in lower socioeconomic status; income level nor education makes a difference

Aug. 2, 2011 - Older women – senior citizens age 65 or older - who live in a lower socioeconomic status neighborhood are more likely to exhibit lower cognitive functioning than women who live in more affluent neighborhoods, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Read more...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Dementia Patients Unhappy with Care; Caregivers Do Not Meet Needs

Caregivers fail to understand what is important to their relatives

Aug. 1, 2011 – Caregivers, too often, fail to understand what is important to their relatives suffering with mild to moderate dementia, which results in frustration for the patient, according to a study from Penn State and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Yale Researchers Reveal How Seniors Lose Memory and How to Get It Back

Clinical trial testing guanfacine's (hypertension medicine) ability to improve working memory in elderly set to begin - see video

July 27, 2011 - Yale University researchers can't tell you where you left your car keys- but they can tell you why you can't find them. The neural networks in the brains of the middle-aged and elderly have weaker connections and fire less robustly than in youthful ones, Intriguingly, the research published July 27 in the journal Nature suggests that this condition is reversible. Read more, see video...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Blood Test, Spinal Fluid Analysis Both Find Success in Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease

Blood test successful 83% of time; spinal fluid biomarkers predict AD years in advance

July 20, 2011 - Progress in an early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) was reported in two studies presented today at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Paris. One is a blood test that has been successful 83% of the time in determining high amyloid deposits in the brain, a marker of AD. The second used spinal fluid from patients with mild cognitive impairment to identify biomarkers that predict AD years in advance. Read more...

Over Half of Alzheimer’s Cases May Be Preventable, Say Researchers

Study presented at Alzheimer's conference identifies key factors that can be modified to lower risk of AD

July 20, 2011 - Over half of all Alzheimer’s disease cases could potentially be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic medical conditions, according to a study led by Deborah Barnes, PhD, a mental health researcher at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Broken Heart Syndrome May be Sudden Killer of  More People Than Assumed

Stress cardiomyopathy often associated with older women who suddenly fall dead after loss of a loved one; new study says this is problem for younger people and men, too - videos below story

July 19, 2011 – For generations we have just said people who collapsed and died soon after a severe personal loss just died of a “broken heart.” The cause was probably stress cardiomyopathy, which is now often referred to as “broken heart syndrome.” New Research, however, indicates this acute heart failure triggered by stressful events is more common than thought and includes younger people, men and even some without an identifiable stress. Read more, see videos...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Late-Life Cognitive Decline Slowed in Elderly Women by Minimal Exercise

Two studies support growing evidence that habitual physical activity slows age-related changes in cognition and risk of dementia

July 19, 2011 – Senior citizen women see their late-life cognitive decline slow down as they engage in regular minimal exercise. Two studies published as “Online First” by by Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, clearly point to new hope in a method of slowing age-related mental decline. In one study, the women had vascular or coronary risks. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Finding Alzheimer’s Disease May be as Easy as Switching on a Light to See Amyloid Proteins

Rice U. lab's light-switching complex attaches itself to amyloid proteins, ‘lights up’ Alzheimer’s roots - see video

July 13, 2011 - A breakthrough in sensing at Rice University could make finding signs of Alzheimer's disease nearly as simple as switching on a light. The technique reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society should help researchers design better medications to treat the devastating disease. Read more...

ERs Need Better Support for Senior Citizens with Cognitive Problems

U.S. seniors visit ERs more than other age groups; review covers patients from the USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, New Zealand and Israel

June 6, 2011 - More needs to be done to improve the care that older adults with cognitive impairment - including dementia and delirium - receive when they visit hospital emergency departments, according to a research review in the July issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing. Read more...

Knocking a Hole in ‘Senior Moment’ – Study Says We Control Forgetfulness

Freud was correct: in the same way we control our motor impulses, we can control our memory

July 6, 2011 - Have you heard the saying “You only remember what you want to remember”? Well, maybe it was not just a senior citizen making an excuse for a lost fact. Now there is evidence that it may well be correct. Research from Lund University in Sweden shows that we can train ourselves to forget things. Read more...

Parkinson's, Dementia, & Mental Health

Risk of Parkinson’s Disease Triples for Those Who Worked Near Pesticide Spraying

Study first to implicate pesticide ziram, as part of the problem with fungicide maneb and herbidice paraquat

May 26, 2011 - In April 2009, researchers at UCLA announced they had discovered a link between Parkinson's disease and two chemicals commonly sprayed on crops to fight pests. A new study expands the list of dangerous chemicals and widens the areas where they are dangerous. Read more...

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Disrupts Brain's Wiring 50 Years Before Disease Hits Seniors

Whopping 88% of Caucasians have this clusterin gene; good news is it gives you 50 years to try to stop Alzheimer’s and it's not most dangerous gene

May 26, 2011 - What if you were told you carried a gene that increases your risk for Alzheimer's disease? And what if you were told this gene starts to do its damage not when you're a senior citizen but when you're young? Brace yourself, here it comes...Read more...

Drug Stopping Degradation of Pathways to Brain’s Hippocampus May Delay Alzheimer’s

Study shows the memory of aging senior citizens fails to record new information; meshes with the old

May 13, 2011 - It's something many seniors just accept: that the older we get, the more difficulty we have remembering things. We can be introduced to new friends at a party and will have forgotten their names before the handshakes are over. We shrug and nervously reassure ourselves that our brains' "hard drives" are just too full to handle the barrage of new information that comes in daily. Read more...

Son Honoring Mother by Climbing 7 Summits, Raising $1 Million to Fight Alzheimer’s

Climbing tallest mountains on seven continents – donating to Alzheimer’s Association, Cure Alzheimer's Fund, National Family Caregivers Association

May 10, 2011 - Alan Arnette is today trudging a precarious trail up Mr. Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, as part of his quest to raise a million dollars to fight Alzheimer’s disease by climbing to the peaks of the 7 Summits – the highest mountains on each continent. The “7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's: Memories are Everything” campaign was established by Arnette to honor his mother. Read more...

Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment Common in Rapidly Increasing 'Oldest Old' Women

Alzheimer's disease and mixed dementia account about 80% of dementia cases; vascular dementia about 12.1%

May 9, 2011 - Mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and their subtypes are common in the "oldest old" women, which includes those 85 years of age and older, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Alzheimer’s Strikes First in Areas Where Cells 'Talk' Most; Boosts Plaque Accumulation

Sleep deprivation and increased stress, which may affect Alzheimer’s risk, may also increase activity levels in these vulnerable regions

By Michael C. Purdy

May 2, 2011 - Higher levels of cell chatter boost amyloid beta in the brain regions that Alzheimer’s hits first, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report. Amyloid beta is the main ingredient of the plaque lesions that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, the disease most feared by senior citizens. Read more...

New Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Starts with Pre-Alzheimer’s, Marks Advances

Some older people have abnormal levels of amyloid plaques, yet never show signs of dementia… amyloid deposits begin early in the disease process but tangle formation, loss of neurons occur later; new report for boomers, see below news story

Alzheimer's Association has also released a new book for baby boomers about AD, read more below news story.

April 19, 2011 - For the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease have been characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of the disorder. The guidelines released today cover the disease from pre-Alzheimer’s and across its many gradually changes over many years. Read more...

Inability of Senior Citizens to Detect Sarcasm, Lies May Be Early Sign of Dementia

‘These patients cannot detect lies’ – ‘This fact can help them be diagnosed earlier’

April 15, 2011 – While millions of dollars are being spent on scientific research to find an early detection system for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco think they have found a simple method. They say senior citizens unable to detect sarcasm and lies are likely victims of dementia. Read more..

Normal Senior Citizens with Amyloid Plaques Show Changes Associated with Alzheimer’s

Discovery may open door for therapies to prevent developing Alzheimer ’s disease

March 30, 2011 - Senior citizens with normal mental abilities, but with brain deposits of amyloid beta – the primary constituent of the plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients, also had changes in brain structure similar to those seen in Alzheimer's patients. The research, published early in the online edition of the Annals of Neurology, may help identify individuals who could be candidates for therapies to prevent the development of dementia. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Alcohol Consumption by Elderly Reduces Risk of Dementia, Alzheimer’s

Most studies of senior citizens in last 31 years show association between moderate alcohol consumption and better cognitive function and reduced risk of dementia

March 7, 2011 - The evidence is growing more convincing – even for senior citizens aged 75 and older - that alcohol consumption reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A study released today found elderly drinkers had approximately 30% less overall dementia and 40% less Alzheimer dementia than did non-drinking subjects. The report is online in Age and Ageing, published by Oxford University Press for the British Geriatrics Society. Read more...

An Alzheimer’s Vaccine Plus Stroke Prevention in a Nasal Spray?

Tel Aviv University researchers develop a vaccine they think will stave off stroke as well Alzheimer’s

Feb. 28, 2011 - One in eight Americans – almost all of them senior citizens - will fall prey to Alzheimer's disease, current statistics indicate. Because Alzheimer's is associated with vascular damage in the brain, many of them will succumb through a painful and potentially fatal stroke. The odds may improve, however, if researchers succeed with their new nasal spray. Read more...

Storytelling Program Encourages Imagination, Improves Lives of People with Alzheimer’s

TimeSlips, drug-free, creative storytelling intervention, improves communication skills in dementia patients, says UM study - see video

A graphic used in the TimeSlips program - see video belowFeb. 27, 2011 – An estimated 5.3 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease, including 5.1 million senior citizens aged 65 or older. Fourteen percent of those aged 71 or older suffer with AD or other mind-erasing dementias, which rarely can be reversed. A glimmer of hope is being found in a creative storytelling program, TimeSlips, that seems to improve communications skills and has other positive affects on dementia patients. Read more, watch video...

Hearing Loss in Senior Citizens Once Again Linked With Development of Dementia

Risk of developing Alzheimer's disease also increased with hearing loss - for every 10 decibels of hearing loss, the extra risk increased by 20%

Feb. 14, 2011 – For years researchers have been finding an association between hearing loss in senior citizens and dementia, yet, loss of hearing is seldom found in any list of dementia or Alzheimer’s warning signs. The latest study to be published also finds older adults with hearing loss appear more likely to develop dementia and the risk increases as hearing loss become more severe. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

A Positive Attitude is Good for the Health of Senior Citizens, Research Proves

One way is it reduces stress, which is a source of many ailments for seniors

Jan. 20, 2011 – Feeling good and having a positive attitude has often been associated with good health. A new review of existing research seems to prove this is true for senior citizens – positive emotions do influence healthy outcomes for older people. Read more...

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Seniors with Less Education and Lower Levels of Biomarker Suffer Greater Cognitive Decline

'To identify those at risk of dementia, biomarkers like plasma beta-amyloid level that are relatively easy to obtain and minimally invasive could be useful'

Jan. 18, 2011 - Older adults without dementia and with lower levels in blood plasma of the biomarkers beta-amyloid 42/40 (protein fragments) had an increased rate of cognitive decline over a period of 9 years, according to a study in the January 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). They also found this relationship stronger among individuals with less education and lower levels of literacy. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Older Women with Diabetes and Depression Have Twice the Risk of Death

Both problems linked to unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle

Jan. 3, 2011 – Older women suffering with diabetes and depression have a significantly increased risk of death from heart disease, as well as an increased death risk from all causes, over a six-year period, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read more...




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