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Recognizing the Need for Dementia Screening

According to a recent review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the benefits of screening tests for cognitive impairment are unproven. The effects of clinical intervention to improve cognitive functioning have often been found to be insignificant or…

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Putting the Pieces Together

The 3 most common chronic conditions to plague seniors in assisted living are Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure and heart disease. While 82% of this highly vulnerable population suffers from at least one of these three, there is growing concern about the common…

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Old Age or B12?

A mind blowing discovery recently printed in the New York Times by Jane E. Brody, indicates that a B12 deficiency can show similar symptoms to someone with Alzheimer’s. She shares an evocative story of Mrs. Katz, who was diagnosed with…

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Oui! The More Languages You Know The Better Off You Are!

Recent studies found that trilingual people have a significantly lower risk of cognitive impairment than those who are bilingual. According to Magali Perquin, PhD, of the Public Research Center for Health in Luxembourg – “It appears speaking more than two…

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Sweet Sixteen Aint What it Used to Be!

Lives change, and so do needs. A new 16 item cognitive assessment test, known as the”Sweet Sixteen”, remarkably demonstrated 99% sensitivity for diagnosing cognitive impairment in a 700-patient cohort with known cognitive status. It’s high correlation with the Mini-Mental State…

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Caring for a Spouse with Alzheimer’s Puts Significant Other at Greater Risk

At the recent Alzheimer’s Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, an eye opening study demonstrated that spouses who care for a mate suffering from dementia were more likely to develop the same condition, with husband caregivers at a much…

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Stick With Your Friends and Keep Busy

by Nechama Drillick You’ve been given fair warning – the more socially active you are, the slower you’ll age. Research data in the June 22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine reveal a direct connection between social activity and physical…

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Heartbreak in the Throes of Dementia

By: Nechama Drillick Advanced dementia is something that the average healthy person has a hard time imagining unless they are the caregiver of a loved one in that condition. Researchers in Boston recently documented the ravages of this incurable state…

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Now I Remember Why I Love My Starbucks

Some days start off better than others. An inveterate recipient of medical and pharmaceutical RSS feeds and real time alerts from a myriad of medical sources, I’m often hit with a phalanx of “cease and desists” regarding any number of…

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Coffee – Good for the Brain

by Adele Weber You knew it, and were just waiting for science to catch up. Coffee is good for you. For your brain. For your health. Overall, it’s the elixir of good health. Scandinavian researchers followed the health of coffee…

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