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  1. Tips for Caregivers

    When you notice that your loved one starts to need help, it may be hard to get them to understand and accept it. Cathy Alessi, MD, president of the American Geriatrics Society, offers these tips. As people get older, some are willing to accept help and some are not. When I see patients who are not d

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  2. Balancing Work and Caregiving

    If you're like most caregivers, taking care of your loved one isn't the only work you do. Trying to balance both can be hard. Here are some tips that might help. When your private life affects your work life, it's time to talk to your boss, says Amy Goyer, the AARP's home and family expert and autho

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  3. Gene Variant May Double Alzheimer's Risk for Women

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having a copy of a certain gene variant increases women's risk for Alzheimer's disease much more than it does for men, a new study indicates. Stanford University researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 people, most

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  4. Poor Heart Health Linked to Alzheimer's Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links heart disease with increased odds of developing dementia. Researchers found that artery stiffness -- a condition called atherosclerosis -- is associated with the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the b

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  5. Stress-Linked Protein May Play Role in Alzheimer's

    March 21, 2014 -- A problem in the brain's stress response system may be an important factor in the memory and thinking problems experienced by people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, new research says. Harvard scientists found that when the system is working normally, it can protect th

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  6. Alzheimer's Strikes Women Harder Than Men: Report

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A 65-year-old American woman has a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life, while a man the same age has about a 1 in 11 chance. That's one of the key findings of a new report that highlights the

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  7. Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Alzheimer's

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test has been developed that can predict with 90 percent certainty whether a senior will suffer from dementia such as Alzheimer's disease within the next few years, researchers report. The test relies on levels o

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  8. Alzheimer’s Kills Many More Than Expected

    March 5, 2014 -- The number of people who die from Alzheimer’s disease may be five times higher than previously thought, researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago say. The study’s numbers would make Alzheimer's the third leading cause of death in the U.S., right behind heart disease a

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  9. 'Western' Diet and Alzheimer's-Like Effects in Mice

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Common compounds in the "Western" diet seem to promote Alzheimer's-linked brain deposits and memory problems in mice, researchers say. Scientists found that when they added the compounds -- called advanced glycation end produ

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  10. Celexa May Help Ease Alzheimer's-Linked Agitation

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antidepressant Celexa shows promise in easing the agitation people with Alzheimer's disease often suffer, and may offer a safer alternative to antipsychotic drugs, a new study finds. "Agitation is one of the worst sym

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