of Depression Linked to Higher Alzheimer Risk:
Researchers report that in a study, the risk of developing
Alzheimer's rose by 19 percent with each new depressive symptom.
Heston Said He Has Signs of Alzheimer's:
The 78-year-old Oscar-winning actor said his doctors
have told him he has a neurological disorder consistent with Alzheimer's
Program Helps Alzheimer Patients Relive Memories:
The program at an assisted living facility in Geneva,
Illinois, helps people with Alzheimer's rekindle recollections of
favorite activities from their past.
Believe Memory Problems Inevitable With Age:
Researchers report that many simply ignore their
memory problems, believing that nothing can be done about them.
High in Vitamin E May Slow Decline in Mental Functioning:
Researchers report that vitamin E intake, from foods
or supplements, is associated with less cognitive decline, as well
as a reduced risk of Alzheimer's.
Drug Also Helps Memory of Healthy Adults:
Researchers report that the drug donepezil, also
appears to have beneficial effects on retention in nondemented older
for Isoprostane May Identify Those at High Risk of Alzheimer's:
Researchers report levels of isoprostane, a molecule
formed from fat and lipids when they are attacked by free radicals,
averaged about three times normal in patients with Alzheimer's.
Intake of Vitamin E Foods May Cut Alzheimer's Risk:
In a study of men and women at least 65 years old
and dementia-free, participants with the highest intake of foods
containing vitamin E were 67 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's.
Return Program Offers Tips for Wandering Alzheimer Patients: This
common, potentially life-threatening behavior affects nearly six
in every 10 Alzheimer's patients who may wander at some point. Many
will do so repeatedly.
Effects Linger for Alzheimer Caregivers:
A new study suggests that the health effects of caring
for a patient with Alzheimer's disease linger six to 12 months after
the spouse has died or been placed in a healthcare facility.
to Identify Smells May Help in Diagnosis of Alzheimer's:
Researchers report that Alzheimer's patients scored
significantly lower on ability to identify smells than patients
with other forms of dementia.
With Alzheimer's Perform Worse on Tests of Intellectual Abilities:
Researchers report that compared to men, women also
seem to have slight weaknesses in spatial thinking ability.
Activity Seems to Lower Risk of Alzheimer's:
Researchers find that an active and challenging life,
even if only begun in middle age, can reduce the effects of aging
on the brain.
Americans Less Interested in Screening for Alzheimer's:
Researchers find that blacks are less likely than
whites to seek predictive testing for Alzheimer's disease.
is Used as Educational Tool on Challenges Posed by Alzheimer's:
Early stage Alzheimer's patients and family members
in Houston are learning to draw their experiences in a unique effort
to express the emotional challenges of the life-altering disease.
Evidence High Blood Pressure After 65 Is Factor in Alzheimer's:
Columbia University researchers found that the risk
of Alzheimer's disease did not increase in patients with hypertension
or heart disease alone.
Alzheimer Patients More Likely to Suffer From Delusions: Results
of a new study suggest that Alzheimer's patients who carry the APOE-4
gene, including those who have no history of psychiatric symptons,
are more likely to suffer from delusions.
Statins May Greatly Cut Risk of Alzheimer's: Researchers
found that drugs known as statins may reduce the risk of developing
Alzheimer's disease by as much as 79 percent.
Signs of Alzheimer's Present Before Clinical Symptoms Appear: Researchers
found that pre-Alzheimer patients "had much greater performance
gaps between their ability to name objects and their ability to
reconstruct the block images."
of Alzheimer's Can Be Tracked Through MRI Scans: A
new study has found that the path of Alzheimer's can be tracked,
providing new insights into the progression of this disease.
Memory Loss Could Mean High Alzheimer Risk: Mild
memory loss could mean an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease,
according to researchers at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown
Center on Aging.
Members Can Help in Diagnosis of Alzheimer's: Results
of a new study suggest that comparing questionnaires from those
suffering mild mental impairment to those filled out by close family
members can help predict a future diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.
Patients Have Difficulty Recognizing Facial Emotions: Researchers
at the University of California, Davis say patients with Alzheimer's
disease have difficulty recognizing facial emotions. Moreover, Alzheimer
patients also have problems matching facial identities.
disease (AD) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized
by memory loss, language deterioration, impaired visuospatial skills,
poor judgment, indifferent attitude, but preserved motor function.
AD usually begins
after age 65, however, its onset may occur as early as age 40, appearing
first as memory decline and, over several years, destroying cognition,
personality, and ability to function. Confusion and restlessness
may also occur.
The type, severity,
sequence, and progression of mental changes vary widely. The early
symptoms of AD, which include forgetfulness and loss of concentration,
can be missed easily because they resemble natural signs of aging.
Similar symptoms can also result from fatigue, grief, depression,
illness, vision or hearing loss, the use of alcohol or certain medications,
or simply the burden of too many details to remember at once.
There is no
cure for AD and no way to slow the progression of the disease. For
some people in the early or middle stages of the disease, medication
such as tacrine may alleviate some cognitive symptoms. Aricept (donepezil)
and Exelon (rivastigmine) are reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitors
that are indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia
of the Alzheimer's type. Also, some medications may help control
behavioral symptoms such as sleeplessness, agitation, wandering,
anxiety, and depression. These treatments are aimed at making the
patient more comfortable.
AD is a progressive
disease. The course of the disease varies from person to person.
Some people have the disease only for the last 5 years of life,
while others may have it for as many as 20 years. The most common
cause of death in AD patients is infection.
information provided by: The National Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD