Documentary Explores Music’s Effect on Alzheimer’s Patients – Video

Music can be a powerful influence. Just think about how hard it is to get a catchy tune out of your mind. But researchers say music can also be used to unlock memories, especially for Alzheimer’s patients. Alzheimer’s experts are using the power of music to bring back memories that some thought were lost forever.

Music can transport you to a different time and place. Many Alzheimer’s and dementia patients at Silverado Senior Living in Azusa can’t remember their loved ones or what they did this morning, but in a music class they experienced a breakthrough.

Blood Test for Alzheimer’s May Be on the Horizon

Blood Test for Alzheimer's May Be on the Horizon | Alzheimeric.comCollaborating scientists from Emory University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University have identified variations in the levels of 4 blood proteins that may enable early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

In the study just published in Neurology, the researchers looked at variations of 190 proteins in the blood in 600 individuals that were either healthy, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or showed signs of mild cognitive impairment. In this part of the study, they found 17 proteins that often displayed variant levels between the healthy patients and those diagnosed Alzheimer’s or cognitive impairment.

The Alzheimer’s pipeline: What’s next?

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease: Victims lose their memories, personalities, sense of time, and grip on reality as friends and families watch their loved ones slowly lose their identities, and eventually their lives.

The disease afflicts an estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S., where the memory-robbing illness is the 6th-leading killer of Americans, according to Alzheimer’s Association. The association estimates that more than $200 billion will be spent between drugmakers and patients for research, medication and caregivers this year.

Many Treatments but No Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

Many Treatments but No Cure for Alzheimer's Disease | Alzheimeric.comThere is a certain degree of helplessness that a person can feel when reading about dementia. After all, there is no cure. There is no precise understanding of the cause. There is not even a way to delay the disease. From time to time, there are fun articles that do assuage our fears about dementia, like “Alcohol Intake in the Elderly Affects Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia” that allow us to think, Oh, drinking wine helps stave off dementia! But even those are to be taken with a grain of salt.

The Alzheimer’s Gene: Do You Want to Know?

The Alzheimer’s Gene: Do You Want to Know? | Alzheimeric.comIf there was a way to know if you were predisposed to developing Alzheimer’s disease, would you want to know? As tests to evaluate an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease advance, this is a question plaguing the minds of more and more Americans, especially those who have parents or other relatives with the disease.

According to the Washington Post, two-thirds of U.S. respondents in a survey last year conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health said they’d want to know if they were likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Small Study Offers Hope That Drug Could Help Stabilize Alzheimer’s Disease

Small Study Offers Hope That Drug Could Help Stabilize Alzheimer’s Disease | Alzheimeric.comResearchers are reporting that Gammagard, made by Baxter International Inc., might help stabilize Alzheimer’s disease for as much as three years. The findings from the small study were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The evidence is weak and in only four patients, making the study was far too small to prove the treatment works, but it does provide hope that an effective treatment may be found.