Dementia News

Aerobic Exercise May Boost Memory

July 29th, 2014
Older women with mild cognitive impairment may benefit significantly from regular aerobic exercise, new findings show. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an established risk factor for dementia and "represents a vital opportunity for intervening," say Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose of the University of ...

Motivated Older Adults Able to Stay on Task

July 29th, 2014
An emerging theory may help to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Dr. Tom Hess, a psychology researcher at North Carolina State University believes older adults are good ...

Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints Early Predictors of Dementia

July 27th, 2014
A simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have any cognitive complaints can predict the likelihood of developing dementia, according to a new study. The study, involving about 27,000 older adults on five continents, found that nearly one in ...

Early Life Experiences Influence Cognitive Abilities in Old Age

July 27th, 2014
Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment later in life than demographic characteristics such as race and ethnicity, according to new research. The new study from researchers at the University ...

Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

July 24th, 2014
A new study suggests a new set of compounds initially developed for cancer treatments, show potential as a pharmacological treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, more than five million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and officials worry that as baby boomers enter ...

Alzheimer’s Delayed by Caffeine?

July 22nd, 2014
Caffeine appears to have a positive effect on so-called "tau deposits" in Alzheimer's disease, scientists have found. Tau deposits are proteins that, together with beta-amyloid plaques, are some of the characteristic features of Alzheimer's disease. These deposits interfere with the communication of nerve ...

Mediterranean Diet has Race-Specific Effect on Cognition

July 17th, 2014
New research suggests the Mediterranean diet reduces cognitive decline among some race-specific populations but not among others. In the study, African-Americans experienced a slower rate of cognitive decline than white, older adults. Study methodology included the analysis of over eight years of data collected ...

Eye, Smell Tests Could Help Detect Alzheimer’s Earlier

July 13th, 2014
A decreased ability to identify odors, as well as eye examinations, could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease earlier, according to the results of four research trials reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen. In two of the studies, less ability to identify ...

Sleep Disturbances Plague Most Parkinson’s Patients

July 12th, 2014
Up to 70 percent of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) experience sleep difficulties that negatively affect their quality of life, according to a new review in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. For example, some patients have unhealthy sleep/wake patterns, such as having a difficult time ...

Depression, Health Factors Can Hamper Memory — At Any Age

June 5th, 2014
Depression, Health Factors Can Hamper Memory -- At Any AgeResearchers have discovered that depression, inadequate exercise, or high blood pressure can lead individuals of all ages to experience memory problems. For the study, University of ...