Genetics 102: Slowing the Deterioration of Alzheimer’s

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2016-03-11T15:45:04+00:00">March 11, 2016</time> by AARP Illinois

In last month’s blog post, I addressed the impact of genetic risk in developing Alzheimer’s disease. In this post, I explain the importance of genetic testing, and how hope is NOT lost, should you have a higher risk genetic profile. Studies show that when people start showing signs of early Alzheimer’s, medical and lifestyle interventions have only modest, if any benefit; however, the same interventions applied before onset of brain changes could have profound benefit. The healthcare field is focused …

Alzheimer’s Genetics 101: For You and Those You Love

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2016-02-15T09:47:48+00:00">February 15, 2016</time><time class="updated" datetime="2016-02-18T10:32:41+00:00">February 18, 2016</time> by AARP Illinois

Statistically speaking, one in five women and one in ten men will get Alzheimer’s in their lifetime; however, certain individuals have a higher genetic risk. Your lifetime risk for Alzheimer’s disease can be as low as 5%, but as high as 70%, depending on your APOE genotype. Common variations in a gene called apolipoprotein E, or APOE, are highly correlated to risk of Alzheimer’s disease. People with the highest risk for the disease begin to accumulate brain changes as early …

Can Eating a Certain Way Help Protect Your Brain From Memory Loss?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2016-01-10T12:00:00+00:00">January 10, 2016</time><time class="updated" datetime="2016-01-08T11:08:18+00:00">January 8, 2016</time> by AARP Illinois

Last month, Dr. Maraganore explained the theory of the Mediterranean diet, and how it can be incorporated into food choices during the holidays; in Part 2 of this series, he discusses details behind recent research which indicate the impact of a Mediterranean diet on brain health. Last year, an estimated 47 million people were living with dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. That number is expected to triple by 2050. Historically, neurologists have focused on treating and managing the disease …

Following a Mediterranean Diet is Beneficial to Your Brain

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2015-12-12T08:53:01+00:00">December 12, 2015</time><time class="updated" datetime="2015-12-13T14:55:11+00:00">December 13, 2015</time> by AARP Illinois

When it comes to what we eat, research indicates in a strong and clear direction: the food we consume does indeed impact the health of our brains. Emmaline Rasmussen, MS, RD, E-RYT, a nutrition specialist and clinical research dietitian at NorthShore University HealthSystem, works with each of our Brain Health patients on an individualized plan based on their unique health and lifestyle factors.  Below, Emmaline shares details about the Mediterranean diet and tips for eating better during the holidays.   It’s …

Can You Delay or Reduce Your Risk For Alzheimer’s?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2015-11-12T12:08:01+00:00">November 12, 2015</time><time class="updated" datetime="2015-11-13T14:39:57+00:00">November 13, 2015</time> by AARP Illinois

  November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month. An estimated five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to double by the year 2035. Illinois has the 6th largest prevalence rate of Alzheimer’s in the country.  And, as more and more loved ones get diagnosed with Alzheimer’s the number of caregivers, and the burden on them, increases.  Today there are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the U.S. Perhaps you’re …