Evaluating Semantic Knowledge Through a Semantic Association Task in Individuals With Dementia

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease &Other Dementiasr, Volume 35, Issue , January-December 2020. Conceptual knowledge is supported by multiple semantic systems that are specialized for the analysis of different properties associated with object concepts. Various types of semantic association between concrete concepts—categorical (CA), encyclopedic (EA), functional (FA), and visual-encyclopedic (VEA) associations—were tested through a new picture-to-picture matching task (semantic associ...
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Whole-Blood Levels of MicroRNA-9 Are Decreased in Patients With Late-Onset Alzheimer Disease

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease &Other Dementiasr, Volume 35, Issue , January-December 2020. Recent evidence suggests changes in circulating microRNA levels may be promising biomarkers for the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer disease (AD). We hypothesized that whole-blood microRNAs may be useful to identify individuals with established AD. For this purpose, a sample of community-dwelling women (≥55 years old) carrying the ApoE ∊4 allele were clinically evaluated using the American Ps...
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Loneliness and Burden Perceived by Family Caregivers of Patients With Alzheimer Disease

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease &Other Dementiasr, Volume 35, Issue , January-December 2020. Background:The present study aimed at investigating loneliness and burden experienced by family members caring for relatives diagnosed with Alzheimer disease.Methods:Participants were 40 caregivers of inpatients with Alzheimer disease. Correlation and multiple regression analyses were conducted to investigate whether caregivers’ loneliness (uni- and multidimensional) and burden are associate...
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Addressing Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia Through STAR-VA Implementation: Do Outcomes Vary by Behavior Type?

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease &Other Dementiasr, Volume 35, Issue , January-December 2020. Objectives:The STAR-VA program in Veterans Health Administration Community Living Centers (CLCs, nursing home settings) trains teams to implement a psychosocial intervention with residents with behavioral symptoms of dementia (BSD).Methods:Across 71 CLCs, 302 residents selected as training cases had target behaviors categorized into one of 5 types: physically aggressive (PA), physically nona...
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