Cerebrovascular disease linked to Alzheimer’s

While strokes are known to increase risk for dementia, much less is known about diseases of large and small blood vessels in the brain, separate from stroke, and how they relate to dementia. Diseased blood vessels in the brain itself, which commonly is found in elderly people, may contribute more significantly to Alzheimer’s disease dementia […]

Certain leisure activities may reduce post-surgical delirium among older adults

Delirium, or the medical term for experiencing sudden confusion, is upsetting for both older adults and their families. In fact, it is one of the most common complications older adults face after surgery (a time often referred to as the “post-operative” period). Researchers believe that older adults who have higher levels of “cognitive reserve” may […]

PET imaging with special tracer can detect, diagnose early Alzheimer’s disease

The effort to find ways to detect and diagnose preclinical Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has taken a big step forward with the use of positron emission tomography (PET), a “nuclear medicine” for imaging processes in the body, when PET is used with a special ‘tracer’ that binds to the amyloid plaques in the brain that are […]

Will heart medication help treat Alzheimer’s disease?

A new study from Örebro University, published in Science Signaling, shows that heart medication reduces the build-up of plaque in the brain’s blood vessels in mice. The question is if this is true also in humans; if the answer is yes, it might bring scientists a step closer to developing a medicine against Alzheimer’s disease. […]

Should older people and those with dementia have their licences revoked?

One in ten people over the age of 65 and three in ten people over the age of 85 have dementia. As a degenerative and debilitating disease, people with dementia find they are unable to perform some of the everyday tasks they used to do very well. One of the major dilemmas for families and […]

Regular exercise at any age might stave off Alzheimer’s

Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. A group of researchers led by Nathan Johnson PT, DPT, PhD of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, was able to demonstrate a positive correlation between fitness and blood flow to areas of the brain where […]

Assistive tech to tackle dementia isolation

Mobile and wearable technology used to support independent living for people with dementia could hold the key to cutting social isolation. Wearable technology, satellite tracking and mobile phone apps are the latest tools in the fight against social isolation from dementia, unlocking the potential for increased independence. Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University, working with Stockport […]

Hearing aid use is associated with improved cognitive function in hearing-impaired elderly

Study suggests hearing loss contributes to sensory-specific cognitive decline A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that older adults who used a hearing aid performed significantly better on cognitive tests than those who did not use a hearing aid, despite having poorer hearing. The study was published online in theAmerican […]

The social lives of the elderly mirror how they grow older

Changes in social relationships could signal early cognitive decline Small changes in the social lives of older people are early red flags showing that their thought processes and brain functioning could be on the decline. This is according to Ashwin Kotwal of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US, who led a study in the […]

Alzheimer’s breakthrough uses ultrasound technology

Queensland scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory. University of Queensland researchers discovered that the innovative drug-free approach breaks apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that result in memory loss and cognitive decline. Welcoming the findings today at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk […]