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The Gift of Presence

As we approach the holiday season, a time of gift-giving, it seems appropriate to reflect on the best offering we can give to those we love who have dementia – the gift of presence.

Alzheimer's Disease Rarely Diagnosed Or Recognized In Indian Country

In Indian Country Alzheimer's is often not seen as a disease needing special treatment. Nicole Lomay travels to the Arizona tribes as community outreach representative for Banner Alzheimer's Institute.

Ask the Expert: Weight Gain and Memory

Dear Dr. Morris, My extended family hosts many gatherings this time of year, beginning with a huge Thanksgiving celebration. We’re not only a big group, but many of us seem to be growing bigger around our waistlines in recent years. 
When I’ve suggested dieting as a family, they listen and then grab another soda or more chips. I’m hoping the latest information linking obesity and Alzheimer’s disease may motivate them to change. What can I do to encourage my family to embrace health and still have happy holiday celebrations

 

Study: Weight Gain Linked to Alzheimer’s

Better think twice this Thanksgiving before indulging in a second serving of stuffing or requesting extra dollops of whipped cream on your pumpkin pie. A new study links carrying additional weight in midlife to earlier onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Role of First Responders and Dementia

Nearly every time you engage a first responder it is because something unexpected has happened.  Whether calling police, fire, or EMTs, something out of our control has occurred and we need help beyond what we are capable of giving.  With this attitude, we try to avoid contact with first responders unless absolutely necessary.   First responders are public servants, but are often an under recognized and underutilized resource in the care team.  They encounter people with dementia in a variety of ways through the initiation of friends and family, or by happenstance.  Regardless of the how, the why is important to consider because, as with most things with dementia, forethought can prevent an escalation or out of control situation.  Read more for some of the most common scenarios in which first responders can be helpful.

Excess Weight at Age 50 Tied to Earlier Alzheimer’s Onset

Previous studies have shown that being overweight at midlife is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's. Now researchers have found that it also predicts occurrence at a younger age.

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Dementia and the Three-Second Rate

Every three seconds, another person is diagnosed with dementia somewhere in the world. It's statistics like this that reinforce the importance of research to prevent dementia or to delay the onset of the disease. In September's Alzheimer's Prevention Bulletin, we explore dementia's toll today and its predicted impact on future generations.

Families Unite to Fight Alzheimer's Disease

The 2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Washington, D.C., (July 18-23) attracted academics, clinicians, government agency representatives, pharmacy executives and research scientists to learn the latest Alzheimer’s disease advances. 

Five Actions to Take on World Alzheimer's Day

Alzheimer's is a currently incurable, debilitating and emotionally devastating disease of the brain, and 5.3 million Americans are living with it today. If no new medical breakthrough is made, it is projected that almost 14 million people will have it by 2050 and countless millions of family and friends will feel its overwhelming impact.

While no cure or preventive treatment currently exists, there are five things you can do on World Alzheimer's Day (September 21) to advance prevention research, help those affected by it and even reduce your personal risk of developing the disease.

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