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In Old Age, Lack of Emotion and Interest May Signal Your Brain Is Shrinking

Older people who have apathy but not depression may have smaller brain volumes than those without apathy, according to a new study published in the April 16, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Apathy is a lack of interest or emotion.

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Community-Living Seniors with Dementia Are More Likely to Be Hospitalized Than Those Without Dementia; Little Difference Found Among Nursing Home Residents

Seniors living in the community who have dementia are more likely to be hospitalized and visit the emergency department than those who do not have dementia, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International.

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Alzheimer’s Disease May Be More Prevalent and Manifests Itself Differently Among African Americans

A new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center reviews research that suggests that the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease among older African Americans may be two to three times greater than in the non-Hispanic white population and that they differ from the non-Hispanic white population in risk factors and disease manifestation. The study results will be published in the April 7 issue of Health Affairs.

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Cognitive Impairment Common Among Community-Dwelling and Nursing-Home Resident Elderly Nearing End-of-Life

More than 70% of elderly Medicare beneficiaries experience cognitive impairment or severe dementia near the end-of-life and may need surrogate decision makers for healthcare decisions. Advance care planning for older adults with dementia may be particularly important for individuals who do not reside in a nursing home or a long-term care facility, according to an article published in the April issue of Health Affairs.

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Policy Changes Urgently Needed as Millions of Americans to Start Receiving Early Label of Alzheimer's Disease

How will we, as individuals, and a society, live with brains at risk for Alzheimer's disease dementia? As part of Health Affairs’ April issue, a theme issue focusing on Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease ethicist and clinician with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offers keen observations to help navigate ethically-charged points on the course of the disease progression.

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University of Kentucky Research Suggests Connection Between the Integrity of the Brain's White Matter and Cognitive Health

The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging recently published findings from a small cohort of participants suggesting a connection between the health of the brain tissue that supports cognitive functioning and the presence of dementia in adults with Down syndrome.

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Early Cardiac Risks Linked to Worse Cognitive Function in Middle Age

Young adults with such cardiac risk factors as high blood pressure and elevated glucose levels have significantly worse cognitive function in middle age, according to a new study by dementia researchers at UC San Francisco.

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Alzheimer's Prevention Trial To Evaluate and Monitor Participants’ Reactions to Learning of Higher Disease Risk Status

As part of an Alzheimer's disease prevention trial, Penn Medicine neurodegenerative ethics experts will monitor how learning about their risk of developing Alzheimer's impacts trial participants.

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