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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.


Ask the Expert: Cognitive Reserve and Alzheimer's

Dear Dr. Manly,

I've heard that the more education a person has, the more of a buffer – "cognitive reserve" – he or she has against Alzheimer's and other dementias. Based on this information, should I be getting my children more involved in after-school enrichment programs and looking for ways to challenge them more academically? Would this be a good way to build their cognitive reserve?


My Mother Had Alzheimer’s. Will My Fate Be the Same?

Carol documents her experience with Alzheimer's. Her mother lost her battle with the disease at an early age and Carol has since then been trying to figure out her own fate. She debates the swarms of data she finds in hopes that Alzheimer's will not happen to her.


A Surprising Way to Volunteer in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Ann shares her experience with Alzheimer's. She volunteers her time to Alzheimer's research with annual memory and neurological exams, brain scans, spinal taps, etc. to help in the effort of curing Alzheimer's. She encourages others to participate if they have the gene in their family.


A Better Treatment for Alzheimer’s: Exercise

Exercise can prevent Alzheimer's disease, and now research shows it works as a great therapy, as well. Vigorous exercise not only makes Alzheimer's patients feel better, but it makes changes in the brain that could indicate improvements, researchers told the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Thursday.


Antibody drugs for Alzheimer’s show glimmers of promise

This hypothesis of preventing Alzheimer's by destroying amyloid protein before the brain is damaged is supported by Lilly's finding that only people with mild disease benefit from solanezumab. The latest results also demonstrate for the first time in humans that slowing amyloid deposition can slow cognitive decline, says Eric Reiman, executive director of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.



New Wave of Alzheimer's Research Aims to Diagnose, Treat Much Earlier

As Alzheimer's researchers gain greater understanding of the disease, there's a growing sense that developing effective treatments will need to take into account a mixture of factors including genetics, immune system and lifestyle. And starting those treatments years sooner may be key.

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Does Sleep Help Prevent Alzheimer’s?

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping and research shows it's time well spent. Sleep plays a significant role in our energy and productivity during the other two-thirds of our lives. Now scientists are studying whether sleep may help slow or prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC): Be a Part of Progress as it Happens!

Want to learn the latest study results, theories and discoveries that will help bring the world closer to breakthroughs in dementia science? International investigators, clinicians and care providers will gather for AAIC® 2015 July 18-23 in Washington, D.C. More than 85 sessions and 1,800 poster and oral presentations will feature the latest dementia research from around the globe.