What Is Dementia?

Dementia is the broad umbrella term used to describe a decline in mental ability severe enough that it affects your daily life. The activities of daily living that may be affected are grooming (dressing), toileting, eating, medication taking, decision making, loss of reasoning skills, reduced visual perception, or personality changes.

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See What Is New In Dementia Research

Periodically I will search the web for newly publicized results of trials and will post them here. So far, no “magic bullets” have been discovered and many scientists are focusing on present healthy populations to see what lifestyle differences may benefit/protect the participants as they age.
It’s a multi-year study so we won’t be hearing what they have learned for a while!

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Brain, Heal Thyself

It’s more likely to lose brain cells due to lack of use than overuse, this article explains. Mark Rosenzweig of U. of C. Berkeley and Michael Mersenich of U. of C. San Francisco and others found that with activity and exercise, that pathways in the brain actually changed. They found that the brain is “fluid” and can change by what we do. Both mental and physical exercise can lower the dementia risk. Vigorous daily exercise can lower the chances of getting dementia by 60% they say.

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Brain Stimulation May Benefit Dementia Patients

University of Pennsylvania neuroscientists discovered that brain stimulation by a brain implanted “pacemaker” can increase memory function when given if the brain is in a “foggy” state. Psychologist Michael Kahana noted that the stimulation must be properly timed. If given when the brain is functioning well, it may decrease thinking skills.

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LM11A-31 or C31

Summarized from “Alzheimer’s From A New Angle” by Alice Park, originally printed in Time Magazine.

A new drug called LM11A-31 or C31 as it’s known to its researcher Dr. Frank Longo from Stanford University School of Medicine is being tested right now in clinical trials. This drug is attacking the Alzheimer’s dilemma from a new angle. Instead of trying to dissolve the harmful proteins, amyloid plaques and tau protein tangles, he is using this nerve growth factor to bolster the brain neurons in order to help protect them from the damaging protein onslaught.

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