Items Tagged ‘dementia’

Discovery of Dementia-Related Genes is Key Step in Finding Therapies

May 7, 2019

Discovery of Dementia-Related Genes is Key Step in Finding Therapies

By uclahealth uclahealth

More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that figure is likely to triple by 2060. Currently no treatment can alter the course of dementia associated with the death of brain cells (neurodegeneration).  Dementia Genes Linked to Buildup […]

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Tags: aging, dementia, Dr. Daniel Geschwind, genes, genetic testing, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA


If not Alzheimer's, what is it? Memory symptoms may be due to other conditions-and often are treatable

June 7, 2018

If not Alzheimer’s, what is it? Memory symptoms may be due to other conditions-and often are treatable

By Leigh Hopper Leigh Hopper

    Alzheimer’s disease is the much-feared, most common cause of memory problems in the elderly. Sometimes, however, memory problems are caused by something else entirely, including conditions that can be treated if diagnosed, according to doctors at UCLA. Here are three treatable conditions that can mimic Alzheimer’s disease symptoms: 1) Hypertension. High blood pressure […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's, cognitive health, dementia, depression, substance abuse


Online training videos provide coping skills for caregivers of people with dementia

June 6, 2018

Online training videos provide coping skills for caregivers of people with dementia

By Enrique Rivero Enrique Rivero

Family and professional caregivers are key to ensuring that people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia live safely, comfortably and with dignity. Given the nation’s rapidly aging population, more people in the coming years will develop Alzheimer’s and dementia with the memory loss, agitation, behavior changes and other symptoms that come with them. […]

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Tags: adult caregivers, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, caregiver training, caregiver training videos, caregivers, dementia, dementia caregivers, Dr. Zaldy Tan, UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program


Ask the Doctors - Does a college degree affect dementia risk?

March 29, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Does a college degree affect dementia risk?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctor: I read that dementia rates are going down due to rising education levels, but I don’t have a college degree. Should I be more worried than most? Dear Reader: Dementia is a scary disease, causing not only loss of memory but also the inability to reason through problems and, for many, difficulty with […]

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Tags: Brain function, Cognitive impairment, dementia, Dementia rate, diabetes, Dr. Robert Ashley, Education and Dementia, high blood pressure, Higher education level, Loss of memory, Medications for Diabetes, Medications for high blood pressure


After a loved one's diagnosis

June 13, 2017

After a loved one’s diagnosis

By uclahealth uclahealth

Helping a friend or family member who is facing a health battle can be daunting. You may not know what to say or do. However, simply showing you care can provide someone who is sick with much needed comfort. Try these three strategies to show your support. 1. Visit regularly Seeing your loved one in […]

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, elderly care, emotional support, healthcare, hospital visitors, medical care, Project Angel Food, visiting in the hospital


When to consider cognitive testing in seniors

May 8, 2017

When to consider cognitive testing in seniors

By uclahealth uclahealth

Are you concerned about a loved one’s memory beginning to slip? The onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be a scary and emotionally painful point in a person’s life and the lives of his or her friends and family. Catching the early signs of cognitive decline can help your loved one start […]

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, cognitive testing, dementia, memory, memory loss, mood changes, personality changes, poor decisions, seniors, social withdrawal, UCLA Health Memory Evaluation Program


The neurobiology behind our place on the conservative-liberal spectrum

March 20, 2017

The neurobiology behind our place on the conservative-liberal spectrum

By Leigh Hopper Leigh Hopper

Americans seem more polarized than ever when it comes to their political beliefs, a division brought into sharp relief during the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath. That worries Dr. Mario Mendez, a professor in residence of neurology and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA; the level of discord in Congress remains the most contentious […]

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Tags: anterior cingulate cortex, cognitive processes, conservative views, conservative-liberal spectrum, dementia, Dr. Mario Mendez, evolutionary and genetic information, extreme political ideology, frontal lobe, impulse control, neuroimaging and brain disease, neurology


Not just for celebs: meditation provides real-life health benefits

December 20, 2016

Not just for celebs: meditation provides real-life health benefits

By Roxanne Moster Roxanne Moster

Tina Turner does it.  So does Katy Perry, Sting, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and a host of other celebrities. When not strutting the concert stage or cat walk, they’re grooving to meditation’s benefits. While celebrity isn’t a reason to try meditation, it did make me a bit more curious. These are people who must surely have at […]

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, celebrity, chronic disease, chronic illnesses, dementia, Diana Winston, Dr. Marvin G. Belzer, emotions, health problems, heart disease, holiday season, improve sleep


The hardest job: Helpful tips for dementia caregivers

November 8, 2016

The hardest job: Helpful tips for dementia caregivers

By uclahealth uclahealth

Caring for a loved one with dementia is a job nobody would choose. But with more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s a reality for many families. In honor of Family Caregiving Month, Zaldy S. Tan, MD, the medical director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program and assistant dean for […]

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers, dementia, dementia caregivers, Dr. Zaldy S. Tan, emotional needs, healthcare professionals, memory, support groups, UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program