Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Decline

May help Alzheimer’s patients in advance.  A new study has identified that artificial intelligence may be able to detect Alzheimer’s disease a decade before the symptoms actually appear.  Machine learning now shows significant counters for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s up to one decade in advance. This means those patients who may ultimately develop Alzheimer’s disease… Read More »

A New Study Identified That Losing the Ability to Differentiate Smells from Other Smells Could Be a Sign of Alzheimer’s

If you’re like most adult children, you are carefully watching your aging parents to ensure there are no physical or mental problems emerging that could jeopardize their health and retirement. One of the most common concerns for adult adult children has to do with identifying Alzheimer’s early on. A new study shows that there’s another… Read More »

What You Need to Keep in Mind Regarding an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis and Estate Planning?

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness month, which makes it all the more important to consider estate planning and the connection between Alzheimer’s and other cognitive problems as we near the end of the year. At the time that National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month was named in 1983, fewer than 2 million individuals in America were diagnosed… Read More »

Help for Alzheimer’s?

A new study suggests deep brain stimulation may help patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. The paper, by researchers in Canada and reported on sciencedaily.com, showed subjects over age 65 who got the treatment — electrodes directed at a certain part of the brain — appeared to experience slower cognitive decline as a result of the… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Due to Infections?

A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may stem from the brain fighting off infections. The disease may be the result of a byproduct that builds up in the brain when it fights infections, says the study, reported on in Time magazine. If it turns out to be true it could change the way the… Read More »

Technology Can Help the Elderly

It can be difficult caring for those with Alzheimer’s. Doctor’s appointments can easily be missed. But technology can make it easier. A story on cnet.com says smartphone apps can help. One, called Carely, allows the scheduling of doctor’s visits and posts updates on the patient’s condition, so family members are better informed. The app also… Read More »

Gum Disease Linked to Alzheimer’s Decline

A new study has found a link between gum disease and greater rates of cognitive decline in people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Gum disease is common in older people and may become more common in Alzheimer’s patients because of a reduced ability to care for themselves, says the report on sciencedaily.com. Higher levels of… Read More »

Rates of Dementia Going Down

There’s a little bit of good news for people at high risk for certain kinds of dementia. It may be possible to delay it or even prevent it. Researchers found falling rates of vascular dementia in people who also happened to improve their heart health. The story on nbcnews.com cited a study in the New… Read More »

Alzheimer’s catching?

Disturbing news from a Swiss medical journal suggests that Alzheimer’s may be transmissible during certain medical treatments. A story on nature.com says that autopsies done on the brains of seven people who died of the rare brain-wasting Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease found that five of the brains displayed some of the signs associated with Alzheimer’s. All of… Read More »

Blood Test Nearing For Alzheimer’s

Researchers reported recently that they are nearing development of a blood test that can detect Alzheimer’s disease, a breakthrough that would allow doctors to begin intervening at the earliest, most treatable stage. The news was reported in October at a meeting of the American Osteopathic Association, according to a story on sciencedaily.com. It uses autoantibodies… Read More »

Is Alzheimer’s preventable?

There is currently no test that can say definitively that someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease. View image | gettyimages.com There are lots of unknowns. We don’t even know the cause. But we do know that if you have a first-degree relative with it, your risk increases. A story on cnn.com, however, says doctors are gathering… Read More »

Elder Mediator New Idea

Say a parent has Alzheimer’s. You and your siblings aren’t talking. Your kids are too busy to help out. All the caregiving is left to you. What to do? Hire an elder mediator. View image | gettyimages.com A story on huffingtonpost.com says this is a practice that is going to gain in popularity — a… Read More »

Preventing Dementia

There may be things you can do to prevent dementia. View image | gettyimages.com An article on spring.org.uk lists a few simple things that you can do that improve reasoning, problem solving and mental processing speed – and may ultimately prevent dementia. The article cites a study from Finland that says healthy eating, brain training,… Read More »

Help for Alzheimer’s At Home

Across the country, 70 percent of those with Alzheimer’s live at home, and are cared for by their family members. This is often a struggle. As Cathi Slade, who cares for her father with Alzheimer’s explains, “It’s exhausting dealing with someone that has dementia . . . because you have behaviors like they ask the… Read More »