Research Shows Music Activates Brain in Alzheimer ’s Patients

This study set out to examine amechanism that activates the attentional network in the salience region of the brain.The results offer a new way to approach anxiety, depression and agitation in patients with dementia.Learn More -Alzheimer's Care Anger, Frustration, and AgitationActivation of neighboring regions of the brain may also offer opportunities to delay the continued decline caused by the disease.The StudyFor three weeks, the researchers helped participants select meaningful songs and trained the patient and caregiver on how to use a portable media player loaded with the self-selected collection of music.“When you put headphones on dementia patients and play familiar music, they come alive. Music is like an anchor, grounding the patient back in reality.” ~ said Jace KingLearn More -Alzheimer's World -- The New RealityUsing a functional MRI, the researchers scanned the patients to image the regions of the brain that lit up when they listened to 20-second clips of music versus silence.The researchers played eight clips of music from the patient ’s music collection, eight clips of the same music played in reverse and eight blocks of silence. The researchers compared the images from each scan.The ResultsThe researchers found that music activates the brain, causing whole regions to communicate.Music Boosts Memory in Alzheimer ’s PatientsBy listening to the personal soundtrack, the visual network, the salience network, the executive network and the ce...
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This study examined the link between depression/anxiety/PTSD and dementia by evaluating the prevalence of these disorders in people with dementia, relative to their healthy peers. Existing meta-analyses have examined the prevalence of clinically-significant depression and anxiety in Alzheimer ’s disease (AD), and depression in frontotemporal dementia (FTD), but have not considered vascular dementia (VaD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), PTSD, or anxiety in FTD. The current meta-analysis compared the prevalence of clinically-significant depression, anxiety and PTSD in the four most com mon types of dementia (AD, VaD,...
Source: Neuropsychology Review - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
o MCN Abstract OBJECTIVES: To investigate the resilience of caregivers of people with mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease (PwAD) and the related sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. METHODS: Cross-sectional assessment of dyads of PwAD and family caregivers (N = 106). Caregivers were assessed for resilience, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, quality of life, burden and cognition. PwAD were assessed for severity of dementia, cognition, neuropsychiatric symptoms, functionality, quality of life and awareness of disease. RESULTS: Most of the caregivers (51.1%) reported emotional pro...
Source: Aging and Mental Health - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Aging Ment Health Source Type: research
ConclusionThese data suggest that the extract of X. undulatum, C. paniculata, and S. brachypetala have potential to be developed for Alzheimer's disease treatment. These active extracts and compounds are considered for further studies which examine their efficacy towards the reduction of Aβ42 through inhibiting APP process.Graphical abstractThe picture of normal brain and Alzheimer's brain was adapted from an online resource: INTECH open accesses. URL:https://www.intechopen.com/books/neurodegenerative-diseases/therapeutic-interventions-in-alzheimer-disease
Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionsTrazodone use is increasing in elderly patients, and a high proportion of use in non-approved indications was observed. Trazodone is not being used at high doses, but interacting medicines were frequent, and it may pose additional risks for elderly patients.ResumenIntroducciónLa trazodona se autorizó para el tratamiento de la depresión en los años 70, y se han propuesto otros usos por su mecanismo de acción heterogéneo. Este estudio tiene como objetivo caracterizar la utilización de trazodona en ancianos en España.MétodosSe llevó a cabo un an&...
Source: Revista de Psiquiatria y Salud Mental - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
“To see the light in her eyes when she has a baby in her arms, I don’t care if it’s real or if it’s pretending,” said Ellen Swarts. “If that gives her comfort, I am A-OK with it.”Many caregivers resist the idea of using baby dolls as a therapy for Alzheimer's patients because they don't want to treat a person living with dementia like a child.This is not the case. Many of our experts including Rachael Wonderlin and Nancy Wurtzel havewritten about the wonderful calming effect baby dolls can have on patients in memory care facilities.The Importance of Socialization in Dementia CareBa...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's awareness alzheimer's baby dolls alzheimer's care dementia care dementia help for caregivers elderly dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care Source Type: blogs
Conclusion: Our study findings suggest that anxiety and depression may play different roles as risk factors for FTD and AD.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Extra 2018;8:414 –425
Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
Authors: Lai AX, Kaup AR, Yaffe K, Byers AL Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare occurrence of clinically diagnosed psychiatric disorders and suicidal behavior (mental health disorders) across dementia subtypes in the largest healthcare system in the United States. METHODS: We aggregated two national databases (Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] National Patient Care Database, National Suicide Prevention Applications Network [SPAN]) and estimated 2-year prevalence of mental health disorders across five dementia subtypes during fiscal years 2012-2013. Using VA healthcare systems throughout the United States, the samp...
Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Am J Geriatr Psychiatry Source Type: research
When Nancy Daly was helping to care for her late mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease, the stress was so great that she would often shut herself in a bathroom and cry into a towel. For more than two years, Daly regularly flew from her home in California to her mother’s in Maryland, eventually to no recognition. “It was as if my entire childhood was erased, when she did not know me,” says Daly, 59. “But I had to grit my teeth and bear it. It was my job to be there.” Daly’s situation is likely familiar to many of the 16 million Americans who serve as unpaid caregivers to someone with ...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Aging Baby Boomer Health Source Type: news
This article, unfortunately paywalled, is interesting to note as a mark of the now increasingly energetic expansion of commercial efforts in longevity science. David Sinclair has been building a private equity company to work in many areas relevant to this present generation of commercial longevity science; while I'm not sold on his primary research interests as the basis for meaningful treatments for aging, he is diversifying considerably here, including into senolytics, the clearance of senescent cells demonstrated to produce rejuvenation in animal studies. This sort of approach to business mixes aspects of investing and...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Discussion: Cognitive complaints have robust associations with QOL. These findings have implications for AD prevention trials and management of clinical populations.
Source: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders - Category: Geriatrics Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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