Monday, February 20, 2012

About Alzheimer's / Dementia: Group Activities = Improved Cognition in Dementia

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From Esther Heerema, your Guide to Alzheimer's / Dementia
A recent comprehensive review of research concludes that cognitive exercises, often carried out at facilities in small groups, significantly improve the cognitive ability of those with mild to moderate dementia. Also, the group that's developing the National Alzheimer's Plan met in January, and one of the many things they discussed was the possibility of moving up the goal of effectively treating Alzheimer's and related dementias from 2025 to 2020.

Group Activities Improve Cognition for Those With Dementia
The Cochrane Collaboration recently published a study that reviewed previously conducted research on cognitive exercise and its effect on dementia. The basic question of the review reflects this concern: We tell people to stay active mentally, do their puzzles and engage in group activities, but does it really make a difference? ...Read more

National Alzheimer's Committee: 2020 Instead of 2025 Goal?
In January, I mentioned the National Alzheimer's Plan draft and invited you to send comments to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Several of you did that, and they've now posted those comments and several others to their website. They also have posted the minutes from the meetings that were held in January where the Alzheimer's plan draft was discussed in detail. Of note, they debated the proposed goal of...Read more

The Clock-Drawing Test: New Research on Scoring and Usefulness
The clock-drawing test has been around for many years and is sometimes used independently to quickly screen people for signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's and other dementia. It's also been... Read more

Cancer Drug Reverses Alzheimers Symptoms and Decreases Amyloid Beta in Mice
A drug approved for treatment of skin cancer has been shown to rapidly reverse signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in mice. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine... Read more


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