Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Drinking Coffee May Reduce Your Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

I know if you’re anything like me, coffee is something that keeps you thriving. Without it, you look and feel like you’ve just risen from your death bed.

This study was done by  Science Daily in November of 2018. The goal of this research was to try to demonstrate that there may be some benefits to drinking an excessive amount of coffee everyday.

Before I get too into detail, I want to mention that Parkinson’s is another form of dementia. It is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Tremors are the most common symptom, but the disorder also causes stiffness and slowing of movement.

A new study out of Krembil Brain Institute suggests that there could be more to that morning jolt of goodness than a boost in energy and attention. Scientists are suggesting that drinking coffee may also protect you from developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

“Coffee consumption does seem to have some correlation to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease,” says Dr. Donald Weaver, co-director of the Krembil Brain Institute. “But we wanted to investigate why that     is — which compounds are involved and how they may impact age-related cognitive decline.”

This is honestly music to my ears! I am a huge coffee drinker, no matter what time of day it is! I know there are many people who are just like me, and maybe they drink even more coffee than me. If this study proves to be true, I’ll definitely be upping my intake of coffee (:

Dr. Weaver admits there is a lot more research that needs to be done before it can translate into potential therapeutic options.

“What this study does is take the epidemiological evidence and try to refine it and to demonstrate that there are indeed components within coffee that are beneficial to warding off cognitive decline. It is interesting but are we suggesting that coffee is a cure? Absolutely not.”

Exercise May Lessen Fall Risk for Older Adults With Alzheimer’s

As one who works with the elderly, I know that exercise can be vital. It is important for them to remain as active as possible, not only for their physical health, but their mental health as well. Most of the people that I work have Alzheimer’s and are now immobile, and they are at a high fall risk, simply because the disease makes them think that they are capable of walking.

A research team decided to explore the idea of exercise reducing the risk of falling among people who have developed Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimers disease is a brain disease that causes changes that kill brain cells. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia, which causes memory loss and problems with thinking and making decisions. People with this disease and other forms of dementia have difficulties performing daily activities that many of us consider routine.

Dementia takes a toll on those who live with it, and it also places a burden on caregivers. Dementia causes problems with memory, language, and decision-making, as well as neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, changes in mood, increased irritability, and changes in personality and behavior. People with Alzheimer’s have twice the risk for falls compared to people without this disease. About 60 percent of older adults with dementia fall each year.

Researchers are suggesting that neuropsychiatric symptoms might predict whether an older person with Alzheimer’s disease is more likely to fall. Researchers also know that exercise can reduce the number of falls in older people with dementia. However, they do not know very much about how neuropsychiatric symptoms may increase the risk of falls, and they know even less about how much exercise may reduce the risk of falls for people with dementia.

At the end of this study, it was shown that people with Alzheimer’s and neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety have a higher risk for falls. Exercise can reduce the risk of falling for older adults with these symptoms. Further studies are needed to confirm these results.

From personal experience, I believe that this study is very valid. I have witnessed first hand how many times a person with Alzheimer’s disease who does not participate in exercise can fall, and I have also seen how many times a person with Alzheimer’s disease that does participate in exercise can fall. Exercise may not keep a person from falling, but there is a chance they it could prevent it and lessen the amount of falls they may be having. Falling is very hard of a person, older or younger, so many we should give more encouragement to the people who can exercise to do so. Maybe it could even extend their lives. We won’t know unless we try.


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