It may be that a few changes in lifestyle can provide us with protection against Alzheimer’s disease and other brain conditions that can lead to dementia. Carefully considering our diet, what we do with our leisure time, and even how we sleep may be our best chance of avoiding dementia.
New York, New York 8/19/2015 – Today, the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation is proud to announce they have funded a significant new finding through research conducted by Fisher Center scientists at The Rockefeller University in an effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Researchers at the UW Medicine, Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound and Saint Louis University have made a promising discovery that insulin delivered high up in the nasal cavity goes to affected areas of brain with lasting results in improving memory.
And I figured it would be some time in our future before we are able to replace brain cells; that’s one of those ideas of science fiction. Right? Scientific knowledge is expanding at an astonishing rate, but, still, I won’t see brain cell replacement in my lifetime. Will I? As it turns out, I may have been very wrong about the time frame. Two different teams of scientists in China have successfully grown brain cells from skin cells.
A fairly amazing animated video from CSIRO which illustrates how amyloid plaques accumulate in the brain. There seems to be some disagreement as to the role of plaque in the development of Alzheimer’s, but there is no question that there is a connection.
What a wonderful idea this is!!! An Alzheimer’s Cafe. It’ like an extension to or a smaller version of Hogewey Dementia Village. We all like to hang out with others who share our interests and who are “like us”. Alzheimer’s/Dementia Cafes have been around a while, especially in Europe, as the video indicates; but the more I think about this, the more I excited I get about it.
Each person who has Alzheimer’s is different. Each responds differently to drugs. Each has different interests and enjoys doing different things. But the Alzheimer’s brain goes through very similar changes in everyone affected, and the trick to understanding Alzheimer’s is knowing how those changes progress.
There is a decades long debate about the role of inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease. The proteins known as plaques and tangles are the hallmarks of the disease, but recent evidence supports earlier suspicions that an inflammatory response in the brain may be partly responsible for Alzheimer’s. So, is Alzheimer’s an autoimmune disease?
Honesty is the best policy. This adage is true for so many reasons and on so many levels, but can mixing honesty and Alzheimer’s sometimes make a bad situation worse?
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- We see smiles and feel relieved that, even though we can’t make her well, we can make her comfortable and content without resorting to brain fogging drugs or, worse, restraints. Carla