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  1. -Glen Campbell, With Alzheimer's Disease (Upworthy.com)
      In his final performance for an audience, Glen Campbell sings, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You."

  2. Treating Alzheimer's Disease With Exercise (Time.com)
      "At the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in July 2015, scientists report some encouraging news about the benefits of exercise. In the first studies to look at physical activity among people already diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s, moderate to high intensity workouts may not only slow down the biological symptoms of Alzheimer’s—but may lead to improvements in cognitive functions as well." 07-15

News
  1. -05-14-09 New Test to Predict Alzheimer's Disease (Time.com)
      "Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the University of Pittsburgh have developed the first screening tool that can help predict whether elderly patients are at low, moderate or high risk of developing dementia. The new test takes into account characteristic risk factors for dementia, including advanced age and the presence of genes associated with Alzheimer's, but also relies on lesser-known contributors such as patients' body weight and alcohol-drinking habits." 05-09

  2. Alzheimer's Disease (Alz.org)
      Provides news, articles, research, and information on diagnosis and prevention. 03-08

  3. Alzheimer's Disease and Kids (Alz.org)
      star"More than a quarter million American children age 8 to 18 are currently caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's. The fictional film my name is lisa depicts the struggles of a 13-year-old girl dealing with her mother's Alzheimer's." 03-08

Papers
  1. -No Compelling Evidence for Prevention or Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease (New York Times)
      "The scene was a kind of science court. On trial was the question 'Can anything — running on a treadmill, eating more spinach, learning Arabic — prevent Alzheimer’s disease or delay its progression?' "

      "To try to answer that question, the National Institutes of Health sponsored the court, appointing a jury of 15 medical scientists with no vested interests in Alzheimer’s research. They would hear the evidence and reach a judgment on what the data showed."

      " 'Currently,' the panel wrote, 'no evidence of even moderate scientific quality exists to support the association of any modifiable factor (such as nutritional supplements, herbal preparations, dietary factors, prescription or nonprescription drugs, social or economic factors, medical conditions, toxins or environmental exposures) with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.' "

      "To its great surprise, the Duke group discovered a vast amount of literature on Alzheimer’s prevention. Instead of coming up empty on many topics, Dr. Williams said, 'We came up empty on very few.' ”

      "The problem, the group wrote, was that 'the quality of the evidence was typically low.' ”

      "Low confidence did not necessarily mean the measures did not work — it meant the evidence was so faulty that there was no way of deciding." 08-10

  2. Alzheimer's Disease (About.com - Creason)
      Provides information on diagnosis and treatment. Also provides information on top nursing homes, by state. 2-01

  3. Alzheimer's Disease (Wikipedia.org)
      "Alzheimer's disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disorder, is the most common cause of dementia and characterised clinically by progressive intellectual deterioration together with declining activities of daily living and neuropsychiatric symptoms or behavioral changes. The most striking early symptom is memory loss (amnesia), usually manifest as minor forgetfulness that becomes steadily more dense with illness progression, with relative preservation of older memories." 8-05

  4. Alzheimer's Disease - Alzheimer's Association
  5. Alzheimer's Rate Increases (CBS News)
      "More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, a 10 percent increase since the last Alzheimer's Association estimate five years ago — and a count that supports the long-forecast dementia epidemic as the population grays." 03-07

  6. Fruit and Vegetables May Protect From Memory Losses (MSNBC News)
      "Purple fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, cranberries and Concord grapes, may be especially beneficial for the brain, says Joseph. In a study on aging mice genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer's, Joseph was able to improve their cognitive function by feeding the animals a diet high in blueberries." 11-06

  7. Memory Loss and Vitamin B12 (New York Times)
      "As we age, our ability to absorb B12 from food declines, and often so does our consumption of foods rich in this vitamin. A B12 deficiency can creep up without warning and cause a host of confusing symptoms that are likely to be misdiagnosed or ascribed to aging." 12-11

  8. New Guide for Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease (New York Times)
      "The first new guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in nearly 30 years establish earlier stages of the mind-robbing disease, paving the way for spotting and possibly treating the tell-tale signs of dementia much sooner than they are now." 04-11

   
   


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