Alleviate Alzheimer’s symptoms

Researchers have discovered a protein that may alleviate some of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. When injected into the brains of mice, neurogulin-1 has been able to promote the metabolism of plaques — abnormal clusters of protein fragments — that build up in the brain and restrain function, according to new research published in Scientific Reports. The mice, when neurogulin-1 was in their hippocampus (the part of the brain that is responsible for learning and memory) showed ...
More

Finding Meaning in Written Emotional Expression by Family Caregivers of Persons With Dementia

This study tested the effect of written emotional expression on the ability to find meaning in caregiving and the effects of finding meaning on emotional state and psychological burden in 91 dementia family caregivers. In a pretest–posttest design, participants were randomly assigned to either an experimental or a comparison group. Experimental caregivers (n = 57) wrote about their deepest thoughts and feelings about caring for a family member with dementia, whereas those in the compariso...
More

Predictors of Cognitive Decline in a Rural and Remote Saskatchewan Population With Alzheimers Disease

To determine the predictors of cognitive decline in a rural and remote population with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), we examined the association between cognitive change and sociodemographic, clinical, and functional data at the initial day of diagnosis. Simple linear regression analysis and multiple regression analysis were used to determine the predictors of cognitive decline as measured by the difference in the Mini-Mental State Examination over 1 year. Our sample included 72 patients with...
More

Participating in Alzheimer’s Research

For Yourself and Future Generations Participating in a clinical trial or study helps medical researchers find new ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer's and other diseases, and could help future generations lead healthier lives. "When I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I wanted to do everything possible to fight the disease, not give in to it. I talked with my doctor about possible treatments. He helped me find a clinical trial that was right for me. Now I get t...
More

Alzheimer’s frequently asked questions?

Is it not normal to lose memory as one grows older? You cannot expect your brain to continue functioning at the same level as it has always done since your twenties.  As with the rest of your body – e.g. joints, eyes, ears etc. – some gradual decline is inevitable.  But in a sense the brain is usually relatively spared in this regard.  This means that a normal ageing brain should still be able to function quite well.  We should be able to remember our grandchildren, we should be able to r...
More