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Study shows increased exercise at any age a factor in keeping your mind young

By Allison Perry and Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. A group of researchers led by Nathan Johnson, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, was able to demonstrate a positive correlation between fitness and blood flow to areas of the brain...

Your Health: Can this hybrid diet significantly reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s?

By Melanie Johnson Special to KyForward Research in the past few years has found that following a Mediterranean diet may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, but now a hybrid diet has been shown to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 53 percent in participants who adhered to the diet rigorously, and by about 35 percent in those who followed it moderately well. The MIND diet focuses on...

UK Sanders-Brown Laboratories showcase work on Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward The laboratories of University of Kentucky researchers Anika Hartz, Ph.D., and Christopher Norris, Ph.D., published research studying the pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury (TBI), respectively, in the most recent issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Both Alzheimer’s disease and TBI impair patients’ memory and cognitive abilities,...

UK researchers exploring whether visual arts can have positive effect on dementia patients

By Ann Christianson-Tietyen Special to KyForward Dementia is a “family disease.” The patient, their loved ones and their caregivers are all affected. Dementia refers to a decline of cognitive health that interferes with everyday life. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most recognizable form of dementia, but many other conditions can also affect cognitive health. There is no cure for...

Glen Campbell’s physician to speak at UK’s annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia

By Laura Dawaher Special to KyForward Many people think there’s never been a darker time for Alzheimer’s disease. There’s no cure, they point out. The field is littered with treatment failures; the last time the FDA approved a drug to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease was 2003. Dr. Ronald Petersen is adamant that this is wrong-headed thinking. “We learn even in...

Think you have Alzheimer’s? You might
be on to something, new UK research shows

New research by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging suggests that people who notice their memory is slipping may be on to something.   The research, led by Richard Kryscio, chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Kentucky, appears to confirm that self-reported memory...

Sanders-Brown will test drug with potential
to prevent Alzheimer’s; participants sought

Trial candidates will undergo a series of tests to determine their eligibility, including an imaging test called a PET scan to determine whether they have evidence of amyloid plaque buildup.   The University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is participating in a landmark multicenter clinical trial of an experimental drug that has the potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.   The...

Commentary: Until Alzheimer's is wiped out, support for families affected by it is crucial

By Teri Shirk Special to KyForward   A Korean war bride, Japanese-native Nobuko Tidwell and her husband had been married 56 years when Vance passed away in 2011. Prior to his death, Vance began noticing Nobuko’s peculiar behaviors – she got lost going to a friend’s house. Then she forgot how to make rice and began asking to go to church on days other than Sundays.   PET scan of the...

Alzheimer’s disease trial at UK is first in the world, may signal new hope for sufferers

By Allison Elliott-Shannon Special to KyForward   A new clinical trial being conducted at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the UK Alzheimer’s Disease Center may signal new hope in the future for those who might be afflicted with the devastating disease.   Taking laboratory research pioneered at Sanders Brown and the associated Alzheimer’s Disease Center...

Constance Alexander: ‘Silver tsunami’ is headed our way; let’s hope we’re prepared

Early signs of an impending “silver tsunami” do not show up on the Weather Channel. The only warning system is the subtle increase of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, chronic illnesses and forms of dementia, as well as their stalwart caregivers, often elderly themselves.   Last year, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 5 million Americans were living with the disease,...

Constance Alexander: Everyone can help STOP! bullying by taking school safety pledge

“How many of you have always wanted to be a teacher?” The audience does not respond. It is first thing Monday morning, after all, and they are not sure how to react to Karen McCuiston, director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety.   Karen McCuiston Despite the lack of reaction, McCuiston is not cowed.   She steps closer to the first row of seats in the auditorium and repeats her...

Constance Alexander: Are you taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s? Tell me your story

Editor’s note: Sept. 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior, eventually interfering with day-to-day life. And as a result, millions of family and friends, as well as professional caregivers, are called upon to care for those with the disease.   A former principal of an elementary school who...

Alzheimer’s Diary: A wife’s plea rings clear – ‘Don’t you dare laugh at him. Don’t you dare!’

Ginger Sanders has been sharing her painful journey through advancing Alzheimer’s with her beloved husband, John. As a result, she has connected with others who are also experiencing the same pain. One of those is Donna St. Clair of Virginia and this is her story:   “We should take this, too,” he says of the squeaky, ancient golf bag pull-cart that he is placing in the back...

Potential new class of drugs for Alzheimer’s disease shows promise; UK part of research

The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, in collaboration with Northwestern University and Columbia University, has produced new research findings which indicate the potential for a new class of drugs targeting early memory loss in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Linda Van Eldik, director of the center, is a senior author on the paper, which appears today in the journal...

Alzheimer’s Diary: John’s five-day trip definitely made our hearts grow fonder

The Sanders clan, together again, in Arizona. (Photo provided)   (This is part of an ongoing diary as Ginger Sanders shares the emotional journey she is taking with her husband, John, as they discover his onset of Alzheimer’s. Over 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease; one in eight older Americans has it. Ginger and John Sanders did not expect to be among those statistics....

Alzheimer’s Diary: After 19 years of marriage, ‘in sickness’ part of wedding vows all too real

Ginger and John Sanders recently celebrated 19 years of marriage. (Photo provided)   (This is part of an ongoing diary as Ginger Sanders shares the emotional journey she is taking with her husband, John, as they discover his onset of Alzheimer’s. Over 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease; one in eight older Americans has it. Ginger and John Sanders did not expect to be...

While deaths from other major diseases slow, Alzheimer’s deaths on rise, new report shows

(Graphic from Alz.org)   One in three senior Americans dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures report. The new report shows that while deaths from other major diseases, such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS and stroke, continue to experience significant declines, Alzheimer’s deaths continue to rise...