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Senior Fitness Exercises 300x240During our Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2019 last week, leading scientists from more than 50 countries reported on new research studies, including causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. This exchange of knowledge cultivates progress and innovation, and it may lead to vital answers to important scientific questions about Alzheimer's disease. Here are a few of the incredible highlights we've seen:

  • Adopting multiple healthy lifestyle factors provides maximum memory benefit and may even counteract genetic risk. Evidence is building that
healthy lifestyle factors are powerful tools to reduce risk, prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. In particular, combining multiple healthy lifestyle factors may be the most impactful. New data suggests that healthy lifestyle factors may counteract the negative effects on the brain of air pollution, and that a multifactor healthy lifestyle may counteract genetic risks of dementia.
Working women have less late-life memory decline. Women's brains are different from men's — in health and disease. An astounding two-thirds of the 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer's and dementia are women. Researchers reported on the differences they found between men and women related to Alzheimer's risks and memory function. Notably, a study found that women who worked for wages between early adulthood and middle age experienced slower memory decline in late-life, regardless if they had children.
Simple technologies can help alleviate Alzheimer's caregiver stress. Technologies — such as helplines — are incredibly important for people with living with dementia and their caregivers, especially as a low-cost or cost-free way to receive emotional support and other services/resources. Researchers reported a survey showing 7 out of every 10 people who called the Alzheimer's Association National Helpline put action steps into place within a week of calling. The Alzheimer's Association National Helpline (800.272.3900) is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specialists and master's-level clinicians to help people with dementia and their caregivers in their moment of need.

Additional assistance is available at the Pasadena Senior Center. Our care giver support group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome!