Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Safeguarding Stairs, Doors, and Windows

Stairs, doors, and windows can be extremely risky for people with dementia. Home-based caregivers can help reduce that risk by implementing safety precautions. Here’s advice to make your home a safer place for a person with dementia.

Forget About the Promises of Alzheimer’s Supplements

No treatment has been shown to stop or reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, an abundance of alternative therapies for Alzheimer’s disease are available over the counter (OTC) with no reputable scientific research to support them. Don’t be swayed by the promises. Here are the red flags to look for.

Presenting Researchers with a New Way to Define Alzheimer’s Disease

It's been a game changer: Thanks to brain imaging advances scientists can safely measure deposits of the proteins beta-amyloid and tau in the brains of people while they are alive—not just during an autopsy after death. For now, this leap forward is for clinical researchers only. But that could change in the future.

A Memory Supplement to Forget

You may have seen ads for the dietary supplement, Prevagen. According to the company that makes it, the supplement that has been “clinically shown” to improve memory and help prevent age-related cognitive decline. Unfortunately, those claims are not supported by solid clinical evidence.

Exercise Your Body for Your Brain

Twice-weekly workouts may help people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) improve their memory and prevent further decline. Some evidence suggests that physical activity may also offer cognitive benefits to people who aren't cognitively impaired, though that remains to be proven.

Heredity and Genetic Predisposition to Alzheimer’s: What You Should Know

Having a family member with Alzheimer's increases the risk of developing the disease. However, only a handful of people with Alzheimer's-fewer than 2 to 3 percent-have the disease as a result of one of three identifiable defective genes, or gene mutations.

Choosing Long-Term Care for Alzheimer’s: The Emotional Toll on Caregivers

Placing your family member in a nursing home or assisted-living facility can be a difficult decision to make, and it often takes time. And when the time comes, expect a slew of mixed emotions, from relief and worry to guilt and grief. It's important to know that these feelings are perfectly normal and will dissipate in…

Poor Sense of Direction? Blame Your Spatial Memory

What does memory have to do with your sense of direction? And why do some people, more commonly women, have a poor sense of direction? Here are some takeaways from an interview with Mary Hegarty, Ph.D., Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara, based on her research.

The Link Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline

Another reason to get that hearing aid: Age-related hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia, an analysis of 40 studies from 12 countries has confirmed.

A Little-Known Cause of Memory Problems

The tiny blood vessels that supply our brains with nutrients and oxygen become vulnerable to damage as we age. This damage, called cerebral small vessel disease, increases the risk of cognitive decline and stroke. Find out what you can do to help prevent it.