Dementia in the News

Washington Post (February 26, 2016): Keeping Mentally Active Doesn’t Stave Off Alzheimer’s Disease — Only Its Symptoms

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Fri, 02/26/2016

The prevailing wisdom about dementia is simple: Keep your mind active as you age to lower the risk of cognitive decline. But is the same true for Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia? New research suggests that the answer is no.

Hebrew SeniorLife Blog (February 24, 2016): Shining a Light on Mental Health and Older Adults

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Wed, 02/24/2016

What is good health? I think it’s safe to say that the answer to that question is not the same for everyone. To some it may mean the absence of disease. For others it may be effectively managing a chronic condition. But for many of us, good health involves a combination of physical, psychosocial and emotional well-being and the interplay between all three.

National Institutes of Health (February 23, 2016): “Invisible Work” Toll among Family and Unpaid Caregivers

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Tue, 02/23/2016

Family and other unpaid caregivers perform many activities on a regular basis as they help an older adult. These include making appointments, ordering and keeping track of medicines, assisting with personal care, shopping, doing housework, and providing transportation. Such caregivers play a crucial role in helping manage disabled adults, but are often invisible in the health care system.

New York Times (February 17, 2016): Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

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Wed, 02/17/2016

Some forms of exercise may be much more effective than others at bulking up the brain, according to a remarkable new study in rats. For the first time, scientists compared head-to-head the neurological impacts of different types of exercise: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training. The surprising results suggest that going hard may not be the best option for long-term brain health.

CBS News (February 14, 2016): Loss for Words Can be a Rare Brain Disorder

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Sun, 02/14/2016

A mysterious brain disorder can be confused with early Alzheimer's disease although it isn't robbing patients of their memories but of the words to talk about them.

It's called primary progressive aphasia, and researchers said Sunday they're finding better ways to diagnose the little-known syndrome. That will help people whose thoughts are lucid but who are verbally locked in to get the right kind of care.

Harvard Gazette (February 12, 2016): No Rest for the Graying

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Fri, 02/12/2016

With the elderly beginning to outnumber the young around the world, workers, employers, and policymakers are rethinking retirement — what work we do, when to stop, and how to spend our later years.

The global demographic transition, described by a panel Thursday at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, is tied to rapidly expanding life spans and declining birthrates. While it is furthest along in developed nations such as Italy, Japan, Germany, and France — with the United States not far behind — it is also a factor in rapidly developing nations like China and India.

New York Times (February 11, 2016): Education May Cut Dementia Risk, Study Finds

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Thu, 02/11/2016

The risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, according to an important new study that suggests that changes in lifestyle and improvements in physical health can help prevent or delay cognitive decline.

Harvard Gazette (February 3, 2016): Alzheimer’s Insights in Single Cells

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Wed, 02/03/2016

Building on research reported last year, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have succeeded in identifying the neurons that secrete the substance responsible for the plaques that build up in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

The work has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Boston Globe (February 9, 2016): More Information on Genetic Risks is Actually Reassuring, Study Finds

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Tue, 02/09/2016

A man - let’s call him Paul - decides to undergo genetic testing to determine his risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Paul’s doctor reports back that he has elevated risk for that and another life-threatening illness: heart disease. How does Paul react?

Doctors have long worried that unanticipated genetic test results could harm patients, leading to depression, stress, or despondence.

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