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NBC News: Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic Interview with Dr. Richard Isaacson

Posted by on Friday, December 12th, 2014

 

Next week, NBC Nightly News will air an interview about the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic with Dr. Richard Isaacson by Dr. Nancy Snyderman. The Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic in the Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program, at New York Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center, was the first program in the world to offer clinical care to help people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) reduce their risk.

 

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 There have been significant advances in the field of AD prevention, so much so that even a new scientific journal called the Journal of the Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease began publication in 2014. For more information on the clinic, read the clinic brochure, or to schedule an appointment call 212-746-0226. The segment will highlight the story of Max Lugavere, a 30-something year old patient in the clinic, who’s Mom developed cognitive impairment in her 50s.  The story reviews the power of music and other lifestyle choices, especially an Alzheimer’s diet choices that can benefit brain health.

 

 

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Alzheimer’s Prevention News: The comprehensive approach is a recipe for success

Posted by on Monday, July 14th, 2014

If you have read our blogs or books over the last several years, you have certainly seen our philosophy towards Alzheimer’s disease (AD) prevention. A new study presented at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) today in Denmark shows for the first time that a cocktail of strategies (including exercise, dietary changes, socialization and cognitive activities) improves memory function after 2 years of the study, most solid evidence yet toward AD prevention.

This demonstrates the biological principal of synergy, meaning “1 + 1 = 3″ in terms of the additive effects of lifestyle interventions. It is important to note that there is no “magic pill” or “magic bullet” to prevent AD, but there are definitely ways people can reduce their risk.  Dr. Richard Isaacson, Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center firmly believes in the multi-modal approach, and cautions “there is no one-size-fits-all approach toward AD prevention, and in our AD Prevention Clinic, we offer personalized care and ongoing follow-up and monitoring of specific risk factors that can delay the onset of AD. These are exciting times in AD prevention research.”

Want to learn more about AD prevention, treatment, diagnosis and more? Visit Alzheimer’s Universe at www.AlzU.org and join for free today.

Interested in scheduling a consultation at the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic? Please call 212-746-0226 or visit cornellneurology.org/alz to learn more.

For easy to follow AD prevention information, focusing on nutrition, check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit www.TheADplan.com to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson’s cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer’s Treatment | Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

 

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Holiday Guide for Living with Those with Dementia-Festive Meals that Promote Prevention of Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Saturday, December 21st, 2013

If you are a caregiver or family member of one of the 5.4 million individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, you may be wondering what the upcoming holiday season will bring, particularly if you have a  family member with progressive cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s dementia.  You may have many questions such as “how can I make a holiday meal that will promote the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and ensure the food I serve is healthy enough for the Alzheimer’s diet?”   

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There are many ways to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday with your loved one who has dementia. Below are some tips on transforming a potentially stressful holiday season to an enjoyable and safe event for those who have a family member or close friend who suffers with dementia:

  • Encourage the individual with dementia to follow their own instincts when it comes to setting limits on how much t social interaction they are able to engage in.  Remind other family members that individuals with dementia may not be able to participate in every event.
  • Encourage family members and friends to be sure to visit the person with dementia over the holiday season, even if it is difficult.  Socialization is great for prevention of Alzheimer’s, but it is a good idea to limit the number of people who visit to only a few at a time to keep distractions at a minimum.  Be sure that there is adequate time for rest between visitors if many family members are planning to visit.
  • Keep the noise level low and avoid over stimulating the individual with Alzheimer’s by keeping lights low-avoid drastically change the intensity of light.
  • Caregivers should take advantage of the holidays to visit family members and take a break from the day to day routing of caring for someone with dementia.  Seek out help from other family members to cover for you if you need to. Continue reading…

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Nobody Ever Said Prevention of Alzheimer’s Would Be a Sweet Deal!

Posted by on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

With the holidays approaching, it’s a great time to talk about healthy sweeteners-particularly for those who are following a diet for Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).   One important aspect of an Alzheimer’s Prevention diet (based on scientific evidence that proves certain people can delay the onset of AD) is avoiding unhealthy foods high in sugar, fructose and high fructose corn syrup. These unhealthy sweeteners are  present in many of the holiday treats that are available in abundance at this time of year.

Fructose is a natural ingredient in fruits and vegetables, however when it is extracted from natural foods, leaving it void of fiber, fructose becomes a sweetener that is high on the glycemic index chart (the higher the rating, the faster the food causes spikes in blood sugar).  Fructose is processed the same in the body as sugar.  Fructose is added to many types of processed sugar such as white table sugar and high fructose corn syrup.  

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When it comes to sugar substitutes there are many different alternatives  including; NutraSweet, aspartame, saccharine, Sweet-n- Low and more.  Then there are the natural sweeteners such as; honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut sugar and stevia.  But with so many choices,  which type of sweetener is best for prevention of Alzheimer’s disease?

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