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  • Physical conditioning helps maintain older adults' driving performance
    March 11, 2008
    Physical conditioning helps maintain older adults’ driving performance, decreasing on-road errors by more than one-third, suggests National Institute on Aging-sponsored research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The...
  • Necessity: The mother of invention
    March 1, 2008
    Necessity, it has been said, is the mother of invention. Ken Nixon and his two brothers have demonstrated the truth of that adage, in their case inventing an innovative way to help meet the daily needs of their mother who had Alzheimer’s...
  • Scientists weigh mechanisms, effects of calorie restriction
    March 1, 2008
    Back in 1934, dust storms rolled across the Great Plains, Anything Goes premiered on Broadway, the New Deal was still new, and Bonnie and Clyde met their demise. During that year, too, scientists at Cornell University observed that lab rats fed a...
  • Taking technology home: Researchers test new methods to detect cognitive change
    March 1, 2008
    Margaret and Vernon Huffer’s home in the Willamette View retirement community in Portland, Oregon, is under observation. As they go about their daily activities, sensors on the walls, doorways, and appliances gather information about their...
  • SardiNIA Project steps up global research in genetics, aging
    March 1, 2008
    In a 10-year, NIA-funded collaboration, U.S. and Italian investigators are conducting genetic research on the scenic Mediterranean island of Sardinia. One autumn day in 1995, Giuseppe Pilia, M.D., Ph.D.*, then a post-doctoral fellow in the...
  • Scientists suggest new pathway causing cell death in dementia
    September 26, 2007
    Scientists have discovered a link between a mutated gene and a protein found in dead brain cells of people who suffer from a form of dementia and other neurological disorders. The finding, reported in the Sept. 26, 2007, issue of the Journal of...
  • Findings from memory research continue to fascinate
    September 1, 2007
    Your own name. What you were doing when you heard that President Kennedy had been shot or that we had landed on the moon. How to play the piano. The birth of your first child. Some things are indelibly imprinted in your mind. You can instantly...
  • Legal and financial planning for the AD patient: How the health care team can help
    June 1, 2007
    A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) all too often finds the patient and caregiver unprepared to deal with the important legal and financial decisions that eventually will need to be addressed. Indeed, many people have not taken time to...
  • Encouraging eating: Advice for at-home dementia caregivers
    December 1, 2006
    Second of two parts Food, eating, and mealtimes are important parts of life. Food gives us life-sustaining nourishment and contributes to good health, eating satisfies our hunger and stimulates our senses, and mealtimes can be important sharing...
  • 100 years ago...
    December 1, 2006
    The year 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of Dr. Alois Alzheimer’s presentation of a case study of a 51-year-old German woman, Auguste D., who had been admitted to a hospital in 1901 with an unusual cluster of symptoms. Those symptoms...

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