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Poor Sleep May Contribute to Alzheimer's Disease

New research suggests that a good night's sleep may play an important role in helping protect the brain against memory decline associated with Alzheimer's. The study found that higher amounts of beta-amyloid were linked with poor sleep. Participants with the highest levels of beta-amyloid and the poorest quality of sleep also performed worst on memory tests that the researchers gave volunteers before and after sleep.

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Ask the Expert: Exercise and Brain Health

This month's expert is Marilyn Albert, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dear Dr. Albert,

I'm a 50-something male and lately I'm having difficulty remembering things that used to be at the top of my head: when to pay bills, errands I need to run. My wife thinks it's just aging. She recommends that I get away from the office and exercise more regularly. How will a workout at the gym help my memory? Are there certain kinds of exercise I should focus on?

Sincerely,
Jon

'Music Is Our Weapon' Is Proving Its Name By Battling Alzheimer's

'Music Is Our Weapon', a nonprofit organization, has established music therapy as way of helping Alzheimer’s patients. They are collecting music-playing devices via donations from individuals and businesses and give them away to nursing home patients. Playlists are then created to expose these residents to music sentimental to their past personal experiences helps them rediscover themselves, as well as unlocking doors to special moments in their life.

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Is It Ordinary Memory Loss, or Alzheimer’s Disease?

One woman describes her experience in figuring out if she was losing her memory as she got older or if she was prone to Alzheimer's. She went through various tests that helped determine her state of mind.

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Millennials Can Change the Face of Alzheimer's

Jan Dougherty, director of Family and Community Services at BAI, shares how millennials can make a difference in the care of a loved one with Alzheimer's, especially to benefit the women who disproportionately fill the exhausting role of caregivers.

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Life-Saving Answers Exist; the Key Is Continuing the Search

Research is the engine that propels science. Every mile we've gained in the treatment and prevention of all diseases comes from researchers discovering new way of doing things, or ways to do them better.

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After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

This is the second in NPR's series "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of living with Alzheimer's. In part one, Greg O'Brien talked about learning that he had the disease.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, says Greg O'Brien, doesn't mean your life is instantly over. "There is this stereotype that ... you're in a nursing home and you're getting ready to die," he told NPR. "That's not true."

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What Young People Can Be Doing Now To Prevent Alzheimer's

Max Lugavere isn't at an age where one usually starts worrying about Alzheimer's. But after watching his mother get diagnosed with dementia, he committed to lifestyle habits that may help ward off the neurological disorder in the future -- and he's hoping to convince other young people to do the same.

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