Dietary Supplements and Cognitive Function, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Concerns about forgetfulness and whether it is the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease are common, particularly among older patients. Your patients may also ask questions about use of dietary supplements, which are often marketed with claims that they enhance memory or improve brain function and health. This issue of the digest summarizes current information on “what the science says” about several dietary supplements that have been studied for cognitive function, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Research on several other dietary supplements to determine whether they have any effect on the progression of cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s disease is ongoing. In addition, research on some mind and body practices such as music therapy and mental imagery, which have shown promise in treating some symptoms related to dementia, as well as alleviating stress among caregivers, is underway.
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Source Type: news

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Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Abstract Anxiety is a major mental disorder in later life that impacts on activities of daily living and quality of life for adults living with dementia in nursing homes. The aim of this article was to systematically review nonpharmacological interventions for older adults living in nursing homes who experience comorbid anxiety and dementia. METHOD: A systematic literature search was conducted across key databases (Cinahl, ASSIA, Cochrane reviews and trials, psycARTICLES, psycINFO, and PubMed) to identify studies measuring anxiety as an outcome for an intervention for older adults living with dementia in nurs...
Source: The Gerontologist - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Gerontologist Source Type: research
This study investigated the effectiveness of an integrative medicine program (IMP) for dementia prevention on cognitive function, depression and quality of life (QOL) of elderly in a public health center.MethodsThis study employed a before-after study design to assess effectiveness of the IMP for dementia prevention for community dwelling elderly over 60 without diagnosis of dementia. Cognitive function was measured using the Mini Mental State Examination for Dementia Screen (MMSE-DS), digit span test (DST) and trail making test (TMT). The Geriatric Depression Scale Short Form- Korean version (GDSSF-K) and EQ-5D were used ...
Source: Integrative Medicine Research - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusions: MT may improve physical function, depressive mood, and quality of life in frail elderly individuals.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Extra 2019;9:87 –99
Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
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Source: Minding Our Elders - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: blogs
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Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: depression featured psychology self improvement best books Donna Grant Wilcox faith family mental health pickthebrain Source Type: blogs
Authors: Dimitriou TD, Verykouki E, Papatriantafyllou J, Konsta A, Kazis D, Tsolaki M Abstract Agitation/aggressive behaviour is a common behavioural and psychological symptom in people with dementia (PwD), occurring with a frequency of between 13-50.4% according to recent studies, and the rate increases as the severity of cognitive decline increases. The burden on caregivers is considerable. This trial is a randomized controlled crossover trial conducted in Greece. The following measures were used: the Mini-Mental State Examination, Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination Revised, Geriatric Depression Scale, Functiona...
Source: Functional Neurology - Category: Neurology Tags: Funct Neurol Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The identified psychosocial interventions are effective at reducing symptoms of depression or anxiety in PWD experiencing these symptoms. This review is limited by the quality of studies, small sample sizes and the heterogeneity of the interventions, therefore high quality studies with larger sample sizes are required to test the efficacy of specific interventions such as CBT. PMID: 30328711 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Aging and Mental Health - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Aging Ment Health Source Type: research
Conditions:   Quality of Life;   Social Interaction;   Emotions;   Mood;   Feelings;   Alzheimer Disease;   Dementia Interventions:   Behavioral: Music therapy;   Behavioral: Non-Music Verbal Interaction (Placebo) Sponsor:   Alaine Hernandez Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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