Super-Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Made Possible by Brain Scans

"Tau tangles" and "amyloid plaques" might evoke a Medusa-like image of a head full of chaotic, snake-ridden hair. Unfortunately, these plaques and tangles represent something more real. They're the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease – brain-invading protein formations that used to be detectable only after death. Within the last decade, however, positron emission tomography, or PET scanning, has made amyloid imaging possible while people are alive. Even more recently, within the past f...
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Bingo is an ideal game for people with dementia

Games for people with Alzheimer’s can be low-tech, high-tech, or anything in between. Every care community in the world probably has a Bingo game – and that’s about as low tech as you can get – yet Bingo has been shown to have positive effects when played by Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients. When I was just beginning my research into Alzheimer’s disease, trying to find out what it was, why it effected a person the way it did, and looking for best-care practices, I came across a study i...
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Mental illness and Dementia

Mental illness  (like schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disease) are disorders of the brain. So is dementia. Disorders of the brain can cause problems in one or more of the brain’s three main functions: how we move, think and feel. In the case of dementia, it is “cognition” - the thinking, knowing, problem-solving and judgement function of our brain - that is primarily affected. Dementia and other mental illneses share other important similarities: The family doctor is usually the firs...
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What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s

You can prevent Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease — and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-resistant brain. https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_genova_what_you_can_do_to_prevent_alzheimer_s?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=science
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Symptoms of dementia

Early symptoms of dementia (sometimes called cognitive impairment) are often mild and may get worse only very gradually. This means you might not notice if you have them, and family and friends may not notice them or take them seriously for some time.In dementia, the brain becomes more damaged and works less well over time. The symptoms of dementia tend to change and become more severe. For this reason, it's important to talk to your GP sooner rather than later if you are worried about memory...
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