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Food for Thought

When it comes to maintaining healthy brain function, eating a standard American diet is not the smartest choice. The good news is that dietary changes -- in particular, the adoption of a Mediterranean-style eating plan -- can help prevent the onset or slow the rate of cognitive decline. In other words, foods that are good for your body are also good for your brain. More...

Your Aging Brain: What’s Normal, What’s Not

Knowing how the normal brain ages -- and how those changes affect your memory -- can make the occasional senior moment less worrisome. Here’s a timetable of normal brain aging by decade, starting in your twenties. More...

Does Light Therapy Help Alzheimer’s Patients Sleep?

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Many people with Alzheimer's have trouble sleeping, which can leave them exhausted during the day. Fatigue takes a toll on both patients and their caregivers. Indeed, irregular sleeping is a major reason why families move relatives with Alzheimer's into long-term care. Light therapy is a promising treatment under investigation for people with Alzheimer's who struggle with sleep. … More...

Habilitation: A Better Caregiving Approach

A quiet revolution is taking place in Alzheimer's care. The approach is called habilitation, and it has been credited with easing caregiver and patient stress, improving communication, and helping to maintain emotional bonds between individuals with Alzheimer's and their family members. More...

Guarding Your Memory

What is the single most important thing people can do to protect their brains and guard their memory? In this article from the Johns Hopkins Memory Bulletin, Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D and Sam Wang, Ph.D answer this important question. Q. What is the single most important thing people can do to protect their brains and guard their memory? … More...

Activities to Engage the Dementia Patient

Caregivers confront loss and helplessness in their loved ones with dementia every day. But individuals in both the earlier and later stages of cognitive decline often retain select knowledge and abilities. Being able to identify and encourage these skills not only helps the person with dementia, but enriches the lives of everyone in the family. In this excerpt from a recent Johns Hopkins Memory White Paper, Peter V. Rabins, M.D. Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry at Johns Hopkins, discusses ways that caregivers can engage their dementia patients. More...

Caregivers -- The Hidden Patients

Approximately 80% of dementia patients are cared for by family members. That's millions of family members who provide care for a parent or relative, many of whom must balance these duties with the demands of their full-time jobs and other family members. If you are caring for a family member or friend with Alzheimer's disease, this Special Report from a recent Johns Hopkins Memory Bulletin offers practical support and advice. … More...

New Frontiers in Alzheimer’s Research

The newest crop of amyloid-targeted drugs to prevent or reverse Alzheimer's disease includes several that are in clinical trials and may soon be available to patients. In this Special Report, Johns Hopkins reviews potential new treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Preventing or reversing the buildup of amyloid plaque and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain remains the central focus of Alzheimer's disease research and drug development. Unfortunately, finding an effective treatment has been elusive and frustrating, often leaving… More...

Mild Cognitive Impairment: article excerpted from The Johns Hopkins Memory Bulletin

MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT Forgetfulness. It’s pretty much guaranteed to catch up with you at some point in time. You are in your 50s, 60s, 70s, or older when suddenly it seems that you’re “losing it.” The name of the movie you saw last week? Can’t remember. You grope for the title of a book you just finished reading yesterday. You find yourself standing in front of the open refrigerator door, wondering what you were looking for. At a party, you’ve been… More...

High-Tech Help for Alzheimer’s Disease

In 2005, Medicare decided to cover the cost of a positron emission tomography (PET) scan for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. A PET scan is a unique imaging test that records organ and tissue function at a cellular level. This allows many health problems to be diagnosed earlier than would be the case with regular x-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). More...

Low-Tech Screening Tests for Dementia

In this Special Report, Johns Hopkins doctors review five simple, low-tech screening tests for measuring the decline cognitive health into dementia. New developments in brain imaging technology are significant advances in Alzheimer's research and diagnosis. But some decidedly low-tech screening tests may offer quick and inexpensive snapshots of a person's cognitive health or level of dementia. Whether any of these tests are accurate enough to be used widely for screening remains to be seen, but one… More...

The Role of Insulin in the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Recent research suggests that a failure in insulin processing in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Sam Grandy, Chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’s Association, talks about this intriguing new insight. Researchers are getting closer to understanding how Alzheimer’s disease develops, and a key component in several emerging theories is insulin and its role in the brain. One reason uncovering the role of insulin in Alzheimer’s… More...

Your Memory Timeline

Knowing how the normal brain ages -- and how those changes affect your memory -- can make the occasional senior moment less worrisome. We tend to think of our brain as different from our other organs. But the brain undergoes predictable changes over time, just like the heart. As with heart disease, good genes and a healthy lifestyle can moderate these age-related changes, but it can’t entirely stop them. … More...

Transitioning to a Residential Facility

How do you know when the time has come to move your loved one with Alzheimer’s from the home setting to a long-term care facility? Dr. Peter V Rabins, medical editor of the Johns Hopkins Memory Bulletin, offers this advice. If you are a caregiver struggling with the question of when to place your loved one with Alzheimer’s in a residential care facility, the questions you’re likely to ask are numerous, complex, and fraught with emotion.… More...

Drugs Which Most Commonly Affect Your Memory

The drugs which most commonly affect memory and cognitive function. More...

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