Support TDRA

We are accepting donations. Click here for details on how you can support us.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the Napier family and friends for their support of the TDRA. Donations were made in memory of Barry Napier, who passed away on March 13, 2017 after a long battle with dementia.

TDRA Cognitive Assessments

TDRA Celebration Event – Oct 18, 2017

News

The tendency of people with dementia to wander and become lost has led researchers to recommend a 'Silver Alert' system, similar to Amber Alerts for missing children, be activated when someo [...]

Psychologists have found a link between depression and an acceleration of the rate at which the brain ages. [...]

New research has found that young people with subtle hearing loss -- the kind they aren't even aware of -- are putting demands on their brains that typically wouldn't be seen until later in [...]

Lifetime risks of developing Alzheimer's disease dementia vary considerably by age, gender and whether any signs or symptoms of dementia are present, according to a new study. [...]

Risk factors for heart disease and stroke appear to hasten the risk of cognitive decline in normal older individuals with evidence of very early Alzheimer's-disease-associated changes in the brai [...]

Moderate to high intensity exercise does not slow cognitive (mental) impairment in older people with dementia, finds a new trial. [...]

Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new research. [...]

Older people who enjoy a sexually active and emotionally close relationship with their partner tend to perform better at memory tests than sexually inactive older adults on a short-term basis, but thi [...]

Researchers have discovered a mutation that can protect against Alzheimer's disease in mice. The study found that a specific mutation can reduce the characteristic accumulation of the amyloid-bet [...]

Older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer's, showed significant improvement with certain complex thinking and memory skills after exergaming, according to [...]

Could your age, marital status, BMI (body mass index) and amount of sleep impact your risk for dementia? Researchers analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) to identify new combinations of [...]

As the number of adults with Alzheimer's disease and dementia steadily increases, questions around their access to firearms remain largely unaddressed, according to a new study. [...]

Why people become more prone to distraction with ageThe locus coeruleus is a nucleus that controls attention, memory and alertness, but a study shows that it seems to weaken in later years. [...]

Body-worn sensors used at home and in clinic by people with mild Alzheimer's to assess walking could offer a cost-effective way to detect early disease and monitor progression of the illness. [...]

A new study points to a novel potential approach against Alzheimer's disease. In studies in mice, the researchers were able to show that blocking a particular receptor located on astrocytes norma [...]

A new research study provides an explanation for why clinical trials of drugs reducing proteins in the brain that were thought to cause dementia and Alzheimer's have failed. The study has opened [...]

New models could uncover important answers for Alzheimer's researchersAlzheimer's disease currently affects more than 5.5 million Americans and is one of the costliest diseases to treat, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Characterized by a buildup of p [...]

Music activates regions of the brain spared by Alzheimer's diseaseResearchers are looking to the salience network of the brain to develop music-based treatments to help alleviate anxiety in patients with dementia. [...]

Long-term use of some anticholinergic medications are associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to a new study. [...]

Recently, a team of researchers designed a study to learn more about cognitive health and older drivers' crash risks. The study focused on links between levels of cognitive function and crash ris [...]

Researchers found that, in some mild cognitive impairment patients, real neuropsychological stability over a decade is possible and that long-term stability could be predicted based on neuropsychologi [...]

A study of a majority-black cohort finds no clear upward trend in cognitive abilities among older adults. [...]

Detecting Alzheimer's disease before it's too lateThe rate at which the protein beta-amyloid accumulates into the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) is already slowing by the time a patient would be considered to have precli [...]

People may be deteriorating into dementia later in life and living with it for a shorter period of time, a new study suggests. [...]

A new computer program can assess whole brain deterioration and help predict cognitive function after stroke up to ten times more accurately than current methods. [...]

A new study proposes that the presence of two beta-amyloid molecules bound together (beta-amyloid dimers) could provide a new biomarker for AD. [...]

Using two complementary approaches to reduce the deposits of amyloid-beta in the brain rather than either approach alone improved spatial navigation and memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer's dis [...]

Losing just one night of sleep led to an immediate increase in beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to a small, new study. [...]

Studies show that too much sitting, like smoking, increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death. Researchers found sedentary behavior is linked to thinning in regions of the brain [...]

Inflammatory reactions can change the brain's immune cells in the long term -- meaning that these cells have an 'immunological memory.' This memory may influence the progression of neur [...]

Researchers propose shifting the definition of Alzheimer's disease in living people -- for use in research -- from the current one, based on cognitive changes and behavioral symptoms with biomark [...]

Scientists fix genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease in human brain cellsResearchers have revealed how apoE4 confers its risk for Alzheimer's disease in human brain cells. What's more, they were able to erase the damage caused by apoE4 by changing it, with a smal [...]

The use of antiepileptic drugs is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to a new study. Continuous use of antiepileptic drugs for a period exceeding one [...]

Controlling blood pressure with any of the commonly prescribed antihypertensive medications (beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blocks, and diuretics) can prevent dementia in older African [...]

Alzheimer's disease is thought to begin long before patients show typical symptoms like memory loss. Scientists have now developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease and found that it can [...]

A recent study suggests that training programs can help, but only if they are tailored towards an individual's specific memory difficulty, such as trouble remembering faces, voices or recent even [...]

Scientists provide evidence that a long-term consumption of caffeine has negative effects for Alzheimer’s disease, worsening the neuropsychiatric symptoms appearing in the majority of those affected b [...]

Antibody removes Alzheimer's plaques, in micePlaques of a brain protein called amyloid beta are a characteristic sign of Alzheimer's disease. But nestled within the plaques are small amounts of another Alzheimer's protein: APOE. Now, r [...]

Initiating an opioid analgesic reduced the use of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines in persons with Alzheimer's disease, a recent study shows. These drugs are frequently prescribed to treat beha [...]

Because there's currently no cure for dementia, it's important to know about risk factors that may lead to developing it. For example, researchers have learned that older adults with slower [...]

Mutations of the bassoon gene causing new brain disorderNewly discovered gene mutations may help explain the cause of a disease that drastically impairs walking and thinking. [...]

The neurodegenerative condition known as Alzheimer's disease is the commonest cause of dementia. A research group led by molecular biologists have investigated changes in certain lipids (choline [...]

Alzheimer's disease is most often characterized by two different pathologies in the brain: plaque deposits of a protein called beta-amyloid and tangles of another protein called tau. A new articl [...]

A new study in mice provides new clues about how a class of anti-rejection drugs used after organ transplants may also slow the progression of early-stage Alzheimer's disease. [...]

Vegetable compound could have a key role in 'beeting' Alzheimer's diseaseA compound in beets that gives the vegetable its distinctive red color could help slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process associated with Alzheimer's disease. Scientis [...]

Women with high physical fitness at middle age were nearly 90 percent less likely to develop dementia decades later, compared to women who were moderately fit, according to a new study. The study meas [...]

African Americans with a common genetic variation are at increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, while European Americans with the same variation are not, according to a new study. [...]

The largest genetic study of stroke to date triples the number of known genetic risk factors for the disease and also should enable researchers to find novel treatments for dementia. [...]

As we get older, it's not uncommon to experience 'senior moments,' in which we forget where we parked our car or call our children by the wrong names. And we may wonder: Are these memor [...]

Medical researchers have identified novel biomarkers of risk for future dementia. [...]