Why Does Alzheimer’s Disease Impact Women Harder?
Jul03

Why Does Alzheimer’s Disease Impact Women Harder?

The conventional thinking for many years has been that women are harder hit by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia because they live longer and your risk for the disease increases dramatically after the 85th year. However, now we know that if you live to 65, one in six women will get Alzheimer’s sometime in their life as compared to one in 11 men. Why? The answer is complicated. It could be the drop in estrogen after...

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Promising Blood Test Could Detect Alzheimer’s Earlier
Jun23

Promising Blood Test Could Detect Alzheimer’s Earlier

A new blood test that looks for lower levels of a certain protein could be the link that scientists need to determine who is at greater risk for Alzheimer’s. The protein Mapkapk5 was lower in people whose cognitive ability decclined over a 10-year period. Mild cognitive decline can lead to dementia. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia. Researchers have been confounded in finding a cure or even effective treatment for...

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Exercising Can Extend Life
May28

Exercising Can Extend Life

It’s been known for quite some time that exercising has a range of benefits, from keeping weight and blood pressure in check to warding off mood swings and helping to regulate sleep. Two new studies show that exercising can dramatically cut your risk of dying prematurely. In the first study, researchers looked at data from  661,000 mostly middle-aged people over a 14-year period. They found  that people who did not exericise at...

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What the Aging of Black America Means For You
May22

What the Aging of Black America Means For You

Just this week, the following happened: A valued colleague where I work made the decision to return home to Michigan to care for her 101-year-old mother A cousin is balancing her teen daughter’s glee at getting her learner’s permit with the wear of both her parents’ continued convalescence after stays at separate nursing homes My mother fell, the second time in about six months and just days after I asked her caregivers at her...

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Get Involved: The Longest Day Alzheimer’s Fundraiser
May14

Get Involved: The Longest Day Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

As every caretaker knows, helping an aging spouse, parent or other loved one calls for some long days. On June 21, the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere, people living with Alzheimer’s and their caretakers will be in the spotlight as thousands of people join together to raise money and awareness about this form of dementia. Teams are forming all across the country to raise at least $1,600 each to go toward research, care and...

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Mediterranean Diet Fights Memory Decay
May14

Mediterranean Diet Fights Memory Decay

It’s been known for a while that the Mediterranean diet is good for your heart, but now new findings show that it can help stave off memory loss as you age. The diet, known for its use of olive oil, leafy green vegetables, plenty of fresh fruit, fish, whole grains and nuts, can improve cognitive function and reduce the risk for dementia, according to the study, which was released in May in the JAMA Internal Medicine. The study was...

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