Latest by Carol Bradley Bursack

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The Power of Positivity for Memory

“When older adults feel optimistic about their future, they are less likely to experience decreases in memory, problem solving, and judgment,”

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Family Is the Heart of Alzheimer’s Care

In 2015, family members pitched in 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care.

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Navigation Declines Early in Alzheimer's

Typically, when we think of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease we think of memory problems.

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Is Forgetfulness A Precursor of Alzheimer's?

Millions of aging boomers wonder if their memory lapses are from normal aging, or a sign that they are developing Alzheimer’s. There’s some basis for the worry. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million people in the U.S. are livi...

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People with Dementia Are Often Undertreated for Pain

When people lose their ability to articulate what is causing them pain, this pain is often overlooked by doctors. A recent Slovenian study presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) in Copenhagen and conducted by Dr. Martin ...

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Ancient Technique Shown to Alter Brains of People with MCI

_In an example of ancient meeting modern, researchers at UCLA and their colleagues tested whether or not yoga and meditation could alter the brains of some people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to help them think more clearly. MCI is often a ve...

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Should You Use Pet Names for Elders? Let Them Decide

Twenty-five years ago, my aunt and uncle moved from the Washington, D.C. area to be with my family here on the Great Plains. One of the few complaints that I heard from my aunt about the move was that when she went to their new bank, the tellers call...

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Toronto AD Convention: Where Your Work Matters

The latest research released at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto suggests that people who work closely with fellow humans, rather than machines or data, may be better positioned to manage the onset of Alzheimer’s. The s...

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New Screens Help Alzheimer's Diagnoses

In the not too distant past, being tested for Alzheimer’s was expensive, time consuming and too often resulted in a misdiagnosis. Recently developed methods of testing, however, are working their way toward mainstream care and should help eradicate t...

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Monitor Your Blood Pressure to Avoid Vascular Dementia

If the risk of a stroke or heart attack doesn’t scare us into controlling our blood pressure, surely a heightened risk for vascular dementia should. While Alzheimer’s is consented by experts as the most common form of dementia, vascular dementia foll...