Blood Sugar and Brain Health (Video)

Numerous studies have linked Type-2 diabetes, brain shrinkage and dementia. But a new Australian study in the journal Neurology finds that even for people who do not have diabetes, blood sugar levels can impact brain health. In this video, Ronan Factora, MD, who treats dementia, weighs in on the link between blood sugar and memory. To help … Read More

4 Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is an emotional rollercoaster, even for the most patient caregivers. You may feel you are losing control of a changing relationship. But there is always hope, says Alex Rae-Grant, MD, interim director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Dr. Rae-Grant offers some pointers … Read More

A Brush With Breast Cancer

Contributor: Katherine Lee, MD If I had one memory that I could hold onto, it would be an encounter I had with a patient about 20 years ago. A young woman in her early 40s had come in for her gynecological exam. I had received a report from the mammogram she had done a week … Read More

What One Memory Would You Save?

In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness month, Cleveland Clinic took to social media to ask a simple question: If you could hold onto one memory, what would it be? The response has been overwhelming. Your answers were poignant, beautiful and funny. They often focused on families — and on the effects Alzheimer’s disease has on them. … Read More

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Lifestyle Changes Provide Stress Relief

Muriel Alexandrowski and her husband, Joseph, are raising their two grandsons — one 16 and still at home, the other 20 and a college sophomore. Mr. Alexandrowski has health challenges. Originally diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago, he now has difficulty organizing his thoughts and activities, prioritizing tasks, managing time efficiently … Read More

November: Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Find expert advice and information on prevention, risk assessment and treatment, and resources for families and caregivers. In honor of Alzheimer’s patients,  we’ve begun a social conversation about memory — the memories that people cherish. What is your favorite memory? Share with us. Read about the #onememory campaign and join the discussion. Explore Health Hub Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s … Read More

Alzheimer’s May Begin Early in Life

Understanding how Alzheimer’s disease develops may one day help researchers come up with ways to delay its progression.                                                                           A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds the Alzheimer’s disease process may begin more than 20 years before the onset of dementia is diagnosed. Stephen Rao, PhD, a Cleveland Clinic researcher who works … Read More

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how or when Alzheimer’s disease (AD) starts to take hold. Initially, cognitive abnormalities may only be apparent on detailed neuropsychological testing. Eventually, however, problems with memory and reasoning can’t be ignored. Experts in the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health say the common warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease … Read More

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New Imaging Detects Alzheimer’s More Accurately (Video)

Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages. Now, researchers have found a way to combine radioactive injection with the latest technology to create a new imaging tool that helps doctors more accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. This tool opens up options for better, earlier treatment. How does it work? Certain proteins called … Read More

How to Talk to Kids About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease can be a scary diagnosis for patients, their families and especially for children. Children may be sad, confused or frightened by the behavior of a loved one with the disease. One in eight Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s Disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, so the disease clearly touches many … Read More