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World Alzheimer’s Day 2013: Appreciation & 7 Tips for Caregivers

Posted by on Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Today, September 21, 2013 is World Alzheimer’s Day. If you are a family member of a loved one with Alzheimer’s you may already know far too well how offering help with AD can change the role for each member of the family.  We admire and appreciate all of the dedication, devotion and love that primary caregivers and family members yield when it comes to meeting the demands for care of those with AD.  Caregivers may ask themselves; is there a better way to cope? Here are several tips and helpful links for education and support:

Although there have been tremendous strides in 2013 (and 2014 to come) in medical research in regard to research of potential therapies, including lifestyle and diet changes for Alzheimer’s,  there is still no known cure for the disease. There is, however, a tremendous amount of recent evidence that has shown that specific lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of AD, protect and even improve memory function. For more specific tips on the caregiving aspect of the disease, read below. 

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Is it Normal Memory Loss, or Alzheimer’s? Memory Boosting Foods for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Many of us have wondered from time to time about whether small memory lapses are just part of the ‘normal’ aging process, or could be something more like the earliest signs of mild cognitive impairment (called MCI), which is the first apparent stage of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  On August 1, 2013, researchers at Vanderbilt University published evidence that cognitive complaints may be predictive of an AD diagnosis in the years to come.  What is the difference between normal memory loss and early cognitive impairment in AD? Click here to watch an interview on the Today Show with Kathie Lee, Hoda and Dr. Isaacson, Co-Author of The Alzheimer’s Diet and Author of Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient & Family Guide, or to learn more, read below. Remember that AD actually starts in the brain 20-30 years before the first signs of memory loss, leaving ample time to try several low-risk interventions (watch this video for the latest info). If you or a loved one has any signs of memory loss, get educated, get informed, and see a qualified healthcare professional for an evaluation.

Just because one is getting older does not mean that he or she will automatically develop dementia! AD is not inevitable, but remember that there are some changes in cognition that occur “normally” with age. This condition is called age-associated cognitive impairment. Symptoms may include intermittent memory loss, word-finding difficulties, and slowing of the speed of thinking. When cognitive changes are isolated to difficulties with memory, this condition is sometimes referred to as age-related memory loss.

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Lifestyle Changes can Mean Life or Death When it Comes to Alzheimer’s Prevention

Posted by on Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Alzheimer’s disease is currently the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. The disease affects more than 5 million people, and that number continues to grow.  Not only is Alzheimer’s a debilitating disease, it is also fatal.  As discussed in the new Alzheimer’s diet book, what can you do today to avoid becoming part of the growing statistics and join the fight in Alzheimer’s prevention? 

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To “B” or not to “B”- What you Should Know About Vitamin B and the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Friday, May 24th, 2013

A study published on May 20, 2013 in the top-tier journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that vitamins B6 and B12 combined with folic acid slowed shrinkage of gray matter in brain areas affected by Alzheimer’s disease. “These vitamins, in combination with a comprehensive management plan to improve and protect memory loss, is essential for AD management in 2013″ comments Dr. Richard Isaacson, Harvard-trained Neurologist and co-author of the best-selling new Alzheimer’s Diet book (with Columbia-trained nutrition expert Dr. Ochner), and author of the new book Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient & Family Guide.  This is the latest of a steady drumbeat of research that suggests diet, exercise and socializing remain patients’ best hope (click here to read the Bloomberg article to learn more).

With so much information bombarding us every day through TV commercials, the internet, apps, and more, it’s difficult to sort through it all when it comes to what’s best for our health. When it comes to vitamins, there is some exciting news; but how do vitamins work in Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment and which are recommended for the Alzheimers diet?

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Uncover the Truth about Whole Grains for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Monday, April 1st, 2013

When we mentioned in an early article that food labels can be deceiving, we were not kidding!  But now let’s delve deeper and see if we can break the hidden code when it comes to whole grains and food labels for the Alzheimer’s diet.  Is there really a way to discover just how many grams of whole grains a product has without taking it to the food lab for analysis?

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Alzheimer’s Prevention is Music to Your Ears-How Music can Help with Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Friday, March 29th, 2013

The power of music to heal has been known for centuries, but only in the last few years has this principle has been tested in a lab to prove whether or not it’s really true.  Researchers are currently using music therapy to treat various aspects of cognitive degeneration and most importantly to help with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Is Alzheimer’s Prevention Possible or is the Disease a Genetic Time Bomb?

Posted by on Thursday, March 28th, 2013

One question many people have been asking for some time is whether Alzheimer’s disease is inherited from our parents or if we bring the disease upon ourselves through poor lifestyle choices.  This debate is currently raging in the medical science community as researchers scramble to solve one of today’s most pressing medical mysteries.   In other words; is Alzheimer’s prevention really possible?

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Get Plenty of ZZZZZ’s For Alzheimer’s Prevention- Does Melatonin Help With Alzheimer’s?

Posted by on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

When it comes to Alzheimer’s prevention, getting enough quality sleep every night is certainly at the top of the list when it comes to self-care priorities. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, new studies indicate that difficulty sleeping may end up causing memory problems as we grow older. So what can you do to promote a restful night’s sleep while adhering to the Alzheimer’s diet?

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Healthy Tips for Maintaining the Alzheimer’s Diet over The Easter Holiday

Posted by on Monday, March 25th, 2013

With the Easter holiday coming up, many people will be faced with a lot of temptation when it comes to  unhealthy candy and other sugar laden foods which are NOT recommended as part of the Alzheimer’s diet.  Easter baskets are commonly jam packed with chocolate bunnies and refined sugar candy eggs.  Not to mention the pasta, sugary desserts,  potatoes and gravy, and other saturated fatty foods often served as part of a traditional Easter dinner.    Is there a way to stick to eating brain healthy snacks and foods when surrounded by so many unhealthy food choices during the Easter holiday season?

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The Benefits of Juicing for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Posted by on Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Eating right is not only a good way to stay healthy today, but also an important factor in avoiding disease in the future.  Antioxidants can provide a potent source of protection against a wide variety of diseases including heart disease, adult onset diabetes, and most importantly- Alzheimer’s disease.  But how can you maximize the benefits of antioxidants for Alzheimer’s prevention without having to eat everything but the kitchen sink?

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