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Dr. Mindy is a trained medical physician and researcher who provides useful general answers to questions related to health, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and aging. She is Senior VP of Research and Education and Principal Investigator of LightBridge, a provider of educational resources that translate current medical research into practical strategies for caregivers.

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Q: Can the foods I eat affect my chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease? -- Helen, 62, New York

A: Good nutrition is important not only for maintaining overall good physical health but may also help prevent the development and progression of dementia. Studies suggest that eating “brain healthy” foods including fruits, vegetables, and fish may improve cognition and reduce the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other age-related...Read more

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Making Visits More Meaningful

Visiting a friend or relative with Alzheimer's disease (AD) whether in their home or in a care facility can mean a great deal to that person. But what to do during the visit can be a difficult question. Our traditional view of "visiting" someone is based on conversation, and among those with AD, conversational skills deteriorate. However, if we recognize that a "good visit" is any get-together for which the result is a positive emotional feeling on both sides, the possibilities are limitless. Remember that the person you are visiting has had a life rich in experiences, relationships, hopes and... Read More

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Try using a very simple table presentation with contrasting colors. Plain tablecloths and dishes may help in limiting distractions and promote concentration on eating. Select plates with rims can help with scooping food. Special utensils that provide a better grip may improve coordination and support independence.

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Watch an overview of how Alzheimer’s disease changes brain function over time. You’ll begin to see how the loss of brain cells causes a slow deterioration of memory, speech, judgment, and the ability to recognize people and objects.

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