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1 08, 2022

Four Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy As You Age

2022-08-01T13:45:17-04:00August 1st, 2022|Categories: Aging, Alzheimers, Brain Health, Dementia, Health, Mental Wellness, Mindset|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  Have you ever believed the familiar adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks? That you are simply past the point of being able to learn different things once you reach a certain age?   If you have entertained those thoughts, then FirstLantic has some information that might change your mind. Scientific evidence shows that while for most people, raw mental horsepower declines after the age of 30, knowledge and expertise keep increasing even beyond the age of 80.    Data also suggests that drive and curiosity are catalysts for new skill acquisition, even during late adulthood. And intellectually engaged people tend to be lifelong learners regardless of their age. The more intellectually curious, the more they continue to gain knowledge, including vocabulary. Another study [...]

20 06, 2022

The Benefits of Music and Art Therapy on Alzheimer’s Patients

2022-06-20T13:21:20-04:00June 20th, 2022|Categories: Alzheimers, Art Therapy, Dementia, Music Therapy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Updated June 19, 2022 Haven’t we all heard a song or seen a painting that brings us back to a certain point in time? Whether it reminds us of first love, a family holiday, or a day at a favorite museum, beautiful memories can trigger certain feelings and emotions.   But for people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, the luxury of memory is often completely gone.   One of the most devastating parts about these illnesses is watching the person you knew and loved transform into an entirely different version of themselves. Speaking can become almost impossible for the patient suffering, and forgetting friends and family is a common part of the disease progression. But what if you could reconnect with your loved ones by simply playing their [...]

1 02, 2022

Alzheimer’s Treatment – What is the Future?

2022-02-01T01:18:30-05:00February 1st, 2022|Categories: Aging, Alzheimers, Dementia, Home Caregivers, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

New Alzheimer's treatments seem painfully slow to emerge for those currently living with the disease or watching a loved one suffer. Medications presently available temporarily improve symptoms of memory loss, thinking, and reasoning, but they don’t stop the decline and death of brain cells.   Discovering how to control that decline is akin to the holy grail in Alzheimer’s research and would offer millions of people hope. Although there is no guarantee that a cure is imminent, there is a reason for optimism. FirstLantic explores five different Alzheimer's treatment paths in the research phase that are showing promise.   Saracatinib.  A drug initially developed as a possible cancer treatment is now being tested for Alzheimer's treatment. In studies, Saracatinib turned off a protein that allowed synapses [...]

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