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Two minutes playing this video game could help scientists fight Alzheimer’s

A dementia researcher and neuroscientist teamed up to create a game that would provide spatial perception data in the fight against Alzheimer’s. 

Early Alzheimer's disease: Living Day to Day

In this month’s Beacon we are going to focus on some of the basics of planning care on a day to day basis. Implementing these techniques one bit at a time has been shown to decrease problem behaviors and enhance quality of life.

Making Sense of Alzheimer's At School

A school in Colorado educates students on how Alzheimer’s disease works, teaching them what it is like and doing a hands-on learning experience by visiting a nursing home with Alzheimer’s patients.

Tempe launches effort to become first ‘Dementia Friendly’ city

Partnering with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, the Dementia Friendly Tempe initiative will explore how Tempe can become a dementia friendly community and what can be done to improve opportunities and outcomes for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Screening for Alzheimer's Gene Tests the Desire to Know

The extended Reiswig family has a mutated gene that is passed down from parent to child. In Marty and Matt Reiswig’s case, they inherited the gene and have a 50-50 chance of getting Alzheimer’s with absolute certainty. The two share how they have dealt with deciding if they’ll find out and the effects of living with Alzheimer’s.

Ask the Expert - High Blood Pressure and Dementia

Dear Dr. DeCarli,
High blood pressure runs in my family. My brother and I are in our 40s and we’re both watching our blood pressure creep up. At my last physical, my doctor said I was pre-hypertensive. My brother says high blood pressure can contribute to dementia. Is it true? What can my brother and I do to manage our blood pressure?


Communities strive to be 'dementia-friendly' as Alzheimer's numbers grow

Nationwide new communities are popping up that supporting people with Alzheimer’s. The goal is to train community members on how to handle those who have Alzheimer’s and ease the struggles that occur. It’s an opportunity to educate everyone on the debilitating disease.

Volunteering Benefits Your Brain

One of the 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions – volunteering to help others achieve their dreams – may also benefit your brain. Recent research shows meaningful volunteer activities may help older adults halt brain atrophy and improve memory.

Ask The Expert - Keeping Your Brain Engaged

Early in 2015, my father retired from an interesting career that he enjoyed immensely. Since then, he mostly watches television and doesn’t bother to shave unless he has an appointment. He’s begun saying that his memory is not as sharp as it was while he was working. He’s in good health. How can I convince him that more involvement and structure is good for him?

Ask The Expert: Exercise and Brain Health

Dear Dr. Baker: My 2016 New Year’s resolution is to start – and maintain – a regular exercise program. I’m “middle aged” and was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes, which my doctor tells me is associated with other medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease. Is there an exercise program that can reduce my blood sugar levels, improve my overall fitness and maintain my brain?