Posts Tagged ‘cognitive decline’


High Blood Pressure Increases Premature Brain Aging

High blood pressure may lead to brain injury and to premature brain aging, even among people with only slightly elevated readings. Brain scientists from the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of California, Davis, are studying the links between systolic blood pressure (that’s the first number in a reading, and measures the pressure of the blood on the […]

Treatment For Alzheimer's Disease

New Treatment Reduces A Key Alzheimer’s Disease Protein By A Staggering 90 Percent

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most terrifying things that can happen to people: staying physically healthy but losing their mental capacity. And now, a new treatment shows great promise in attacking a key building block of the disease. Researchers found that eliminating a single enzyme from mice with aggressive symptoms of Alzheimer’s drastically reduced […]


Sleepless Nights May Put The Aging Brain At Risk Of Dementia

As we age, our sleep patterns change. We’ve all heard the complaints: “I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep!” Some sleep experts estimate that as many as 40 percent of older adults suffer sleeping problems such as sleep apnea and insomnia. Now, researchers have found a link […]

Alzheimer's Disease Affects Younger Elderly

Alzheimer’s Disease ‘More Aggressive’ in ‘Younger Elderly’

New research shows that Alzheimer’s disease hits people in their 60s and 70s harder than people who are 80 years and older. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine note that the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age. In fact, by the age of 85, the likelihood of developing the […]


Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Smart Ways to Decrease Your Distress

Caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease typically suffer deeply when their loved ones are upset or agitated about something. But there is a way to reduce that emotional distress. It’s very simple. You just have to be aware that most people with cognitive impairment live only in the present (although they may maintain memories of […]

risks and benefits of aspirin

New Study Will Determine Whether the Potential Benefits of Aspirin Outweigh the Risks

Aspirin may help older people to live well for longer by delaying the onset of illnesses. In fact, previous studies have shown that low dose aspirin: • Reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and vascular events in middle aged people • May help to prevent cognitive decline and forms of cancer such as bowel […]


Using Music to Engage Alzheimer’s Patients

By Marie Marley People caring for those with Alzheimer’s have long known that music is special to these individuals. It won’t stop or slow the progression of their disease, but it can be of significant benefit to them. Many people with Alzheimer’s can sing songs, including most or even all of the lyrics, long after their Alzheimer’s […]

Skin Cancer Drug Reverses Alzheimer's Disease in Mice

New Treatment Associated With Improved Cognition In Alzheimer’s Patients

Growth factors shown to cure Alzheimer’s disease in a mouse model and administered to cancer patients as part of their treatment regimen were linked to significant improvements in the patients’ cognitive function following stem cell transplantation, a preliminary clinical study reports. The findings by researchers at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and Moffitt Cancer Center are reported online in Brain Disorders […]


How does Alcohol Affect Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia?

As the world ages and medical costs escalate, a very real concern is the future cost of care for people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other types of dementia. Historically, care for these conditions has been linked to significant health care expenditure. New research looks at risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia and how […]

Memory Changes in Aging Brain are Normal

Some Memory Changes in Aging Brain are Normal

Dementia and its evil twin, Alzheimer’s, may have moved ahead of cancer on the list of most feared diseases, especially among baby boomers, who have begun to believe it is their inescapable fate if they have the bad luck to live too long. So we grasp at any news about aging, hoping that medical science […]