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  1. 1 in 7 People With Alzheimer’s Lives Alone

    March 8, 2012 -- One in seven people with Alzheimer’s disease lives alone. This is one of the more stark findings from the 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s Association. The new report also looks at the costs of caring for people with Alzheimer’

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  2. Longer Use of Alzheimer’s Drug May Help Patients

    March 7, 2012 -- The Alzheimer’s drug Aricept helps people with early to moderate signs of the disease maintain a higher level of function, but just how long the drug continues working is not fully understood. A new study may help clear up some confusion. Aricept is the most widely prescribed medica

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  3. Overeating May Raise Risk for Memory Problems

    Feb. 12, 2012 -- Overeating may double your risk of developing memory problems. Older adults who ate between 2,100 and 6,000 calories each day were twice as likely to develop memory problems. The new findings are slated to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Ne

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  4. New Alzheimer’s Guidelines May Confuse Diagnosis

    Feb. 7, 2012 -- New Alzheimer’s guidelines may be creating confusion. Under recently revised criteria, nearly all people currently diagnosed with very mild or mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia would be classified instead as having mild cognitive impairment, akin to slight memory loss, which could mi

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  5. Signs of Alzheimer’s May Show Up Years Before Symptoms

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- Amyloid protein plaques in the brain are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Now, new research shows that this plaque actually builds up gradually and causes subtle changes in memory and mental status even in some adults who are healthy. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of

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  6. Brain Scans Spot Alzheimer’s Changes Years Before Symptoms

    Dec. 21, 2011 -- Researchers say they can see telltale brain shrinkage years before a person develops memory loss or other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The new finding may one day allow doctors to detect and treat patients earlier and perhaps keep them functional for longer. Researchers at Massa

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  7. Eating Fish May Be Good for Brain Health

    Nov. 30, 2011 (Chicago) -- Older people who eat baked or broiled fish at least once a week may be boosting their brain health. In a new study, imaging scans showed that regular fish-eaters were less likely to have brain cells die off in the area of the brain responsible for short-term memory -- reca

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  8. Lower Weight May Be Early Alzheimer’s Sign

    Nov. 21, 2011 -- Being overweight in middle age is now recognized as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, but being overweight or obese later in life is associated with a lower risk for age-related memory decline. New research may help explain this, suggesting that weight loss may be one of severa

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  9. Key Challenges for Fighting Alzheimer's Disease

    Nov. 8, 2011 -- The Alzheimer's Association in a new report has identified 10 "critical challenges" that need to be addressed by the nation to combat the growth and devastating impact of Alzheimer's disease. The challenges include lack of funding and problems with diagnosing Alzheimer's. An estimate

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  10. Alzheimer's Caregivers: Sandwiched Between Parenting Your Kids and Your Parents

    There are about 10 million people in the U.S. -- mostly women – who have chosen to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a grueling job in itself, but many aren’t only caregiving. They’re also raising kids of their own -- and maybe working – at the same time. “You’re already a pare

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