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Women Twice as Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s, and Other News to Know

Older women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than breast cancer By the time women reach their 60s, they are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men their same age, and nearly twice as likely to acquire the disease as they are to get breast cancer, according to a new…

Deaths from Alzheimer’s Drastically Underreported

Six times as many Americans dying from Alzheimer’s than previously reported A new analysis of thousands of death certificates suggests that six times as many people die from Alzheimer’s disease than is currently thought. “We know that five million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease,” says study author Bryan James, Ph.D., assistant professor…

The Truth Behind the Shocking New Statistics on Global Dementia Rates

When it comes to dementia, things are never cut and dry. Now, two newly published reports offer conflicting conclusions regarding how widespread Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia will be in the coming years. One article, published in the November edition of the New England Journal of Medicine,gives a rare dose…

New Developments in Alzheimer’s Detection and Care

This week’s major medical event, the 2013 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), highlighted a series of remarkable developments in the fields of dementia detection and care. Here are a few key takeaways from the presentations: Don’t try to diagnose Alzheimer’s online Even a momentary memory slip can be enough to…

Science’s Understanding of Alzheimer’s Leaps Forward

A new, breakthrough study could illuminate promising pathways for treating Alzheimer’s disease. By comparing the genetic profiles of nearly 75,000 people (some with Alzheimer’s and some without), an international group of researchers uncovered 11 new genes linked to the disease. When combined with the results of earlier investigations, these recent…

Why Experts Don’t Want All Seniors to Get Screened for Dementia

Should all older adults undergo regular memory screening as part of their primary care regimen? Probably not, says a government-appointed panel, after they failed to find enough proof in favor of—or against—conducting regular mental assessments on most elderly individuals. “There is a critical gap in the evidence,” says Douglas Owens,…

How Brain Training Works

Using your brain’s ability to change for the better Posit Science’s BrainHQ exercises are based on the science of “neuroplasticity,” also called “brain plasticity.” Brain plasticity is your brain’s natural ability to remodel itself throughout life. The brain is always changing, sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse. What BrainHQ’s…

8 Treatable Conditions That Mimic Dementia

With headlines trumpeting the rising rates of Alzheimer’s disease, it’s easy to get that distressing feeling that a misplaced coffee cup or forgotten dry cleaning might mean that you (or a loved one) are losing your mental edge or, worse, sliding inevitably toward dementia. But you should know that more than 100 disorders…

Home Care Services in Macomb, MI

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is devastating. The disease appears gradually, gaining momentum as it progresses. Alzheimer’s disease robs memory and destroys the ability to learn. Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is a full-time undertaking. As Alzheimer’s progresses, everyone; spouse, children and perhaps grandchildren may be asked to provide care. Flexibility,…

Information about Vascular Dementia & Memory Loss

After Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of significant memory loss is vascular dementia—a disorder often resulting from a series of tiny strokes( known as infarcts) that destroy brain cells. Each small infarct may be inconsequential alone, but the cumulative effect of many infarcts can destroy enough brain tissue to impair memory,…