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Karma bites back: Hating on the elderly may put you at risk of Alzheimer's

A new study finds that people who were inclined to believe that older people were slower, unhappier and less sharp than the rest of us are more likely -- when, decades later, they become older themselves -- to exhibit the brain changes seen in those with Alzheimer's disease.

Conversations Turn Into Monologues As Alzheimer's Robs Family Of Memories

Teresa shares her experience with her mother's progression of Alzheimer’s and her high genetic risk for the disease.

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.

Risk Factors for Alzheimer's


Scientists are working hard to find ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Much of the research about Alzheimer’s involves understanding factors that put people more at risk for developing the disease. Our hope: that we can find ways to stop Alzheimer’s before it starts.

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.


Women With Memory Impairment Deteriorate Faster Than Men, According to Alzheimer’s Study

Women with early memory problems worsen significantly faster than men at the same stage, according to a new study (ADNI), offering what is perhaps the best evidence to date suggesting meaningful sex differences in vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease.


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.


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.