Category Archives: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI

A Guide to Normal Age Related Memory Changes

Several readers have asked for examples regarding normal age related memory changes versus signs that there might be more serious memory problems approaching. In response, we have developed a quick reference guide to help distinguish between normal age related memory performance and potential markers of cognitive impairment. The guide also includes information on several reversible… Read More »

Curcumin and Brain Health

Researchers at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California working on an experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease have made a happy discovery that the compound also appears to have some generalized anti-aging properties. Known as J147, the drug is based on a specialized formation of curcumin, the spice used in curry. Curcumin is a potent… Read More »

Beware Deceptive Claims from Brain Training Companies

. Lumosity, one of the largest online brain training sites, has been hit with a $2 Million penalty by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for deceptive advertising. The FTC charged that Lumosity deceived consumers with unfounded claims that its brain games can help users perform better at work and in school, reduce or delay… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Assisted Care and Living Costs

Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series on caregiver support – strategies for managing caregiver stress, and how to locate and utilize your local resources. There are varying levels of care available depending on your loved one’s needs. Age, health and financial status also play a role. Many people find it complex… Read More »

Healthy Aging Tips: Vitamin D and Exercise

Be sure to get your daily dose of exercise and Vitamin D to help prevent chronic disease, especially as you age, according to an expert medical panel at the On Lok Sustainable Long Term Care conference. Janice Schwartz, M.D., Professor of Medicine of University of California San Francisco, provided an in-depth look at the current… Read More »

Avoiding Alzheimer’s Caregiver Burnout

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series on caregiver support – strategies for managing stress and how to locate and utilize your local resources. Once you have recognized the symptoms of caregiver burnout and you realize that “going it alone” is no longer a healthy option for you or your loved one,… Read More »

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Be Repurposed For Alzheimer’s Disease

A medication commonly used to treat inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis could turn out to have useful treatment effects for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in Nature Medicine. Salsalate, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), appears to prevent the buildup of toxic tau protein in the brain. In addition to Alzheimer’s, harmful tau… Read More »

Is Gluten Bad for Your Brain Health?

We note that local Public Broadcasting System (PBS) channels across the US have been airing a fundraising program centered on the BrainChange and Brain Maker infomercials, hosted by David Perlmutter M.D. Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist by training, is known for offering opinions (backed by some reliable research) that eating certain types of food can either… Read More »