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Published: Fri, July 29, 2016
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Behavior changes offer clues that dementia could be brewing


According to a questionnaire prepared by several Alzheimer's specialists and neuropsychiatrists, if the answer to one or any of the questions below is yes might mean an early-stage of dementia.

Now promising research of the USA study of more than 27-hundred participants finds benefits of speed brain training.

A study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto, Canada, found a specific type of computerized brain training game can reduce the risk of dementia by half via strengthening neural connections and boosting the speed of mental processing.

"Alzheimer's is a deadly brain disease, and while memory loss is a hallmark of the disease, early symptoms such as anxiety, confusion and disorientation are often more common, troubling and obvious to family members", she says.

But the new findings suggest many cases of dementia may be going undetected.

[Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images] Dr. King's opinion is quite significant, considering that the National Institutes of Health is responsible for funding the study on computerized brain games and dementia prevention.

Published studies to date point to only five individuals with HAND who have undergone amyloid PET imaging, and all were negative; however, the oldest of these patients was 67, Turner says.

A third group was given computerized training created to increase the speed at which the brain picks up and processes cues in a person's field of vision.

In the speed training, which emphasized visual perception, individuals were asked to identify objects on a screen quickly. The study, known as Active, examined the effects of cognitive training programs on 2,785 healthy older adults. Among that group, 14 percent met the criteria for dementia.

Statistically, the trial's four groups experienced sizable differences in cognitive aging.

Fargo, who was not involved in the developing the new checklist, said it still has to be tested in studies. That was particularly true for those who got 10 sessions to improve reasoning-strategies.

After a series of high-profile disappointments, research bodies are starting to turn to existing drugs to see whether they can help. "We've found effects of training at that age range, but over a period of six weeks, not 10 years". It uses colorful graphics and challenges players with escalating difficulty as their proficiency increases.

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The program is now incorporated in Posit Science's BrainHQ.com brain training program. "Higher fitness has been shown to result in less all-cause dementia with aging", DeFina said in a statement. The people had ranged in age from 37 to 102.

New results of a 10-year, landmark study show one particular type of brain exercise called speed training cut the long-term risk of dementia almost in half.

"Next", she said, "we'd like to get a better grasp on what exactly is the right amount of cognitive training to get the optimal benefits".

Research leader Dr Atticus Hainsworth, speaking to the Mail at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto, said: 'This initiative is to use existing medicines, which are well understood and safe, and to see whether we can use them for a different goal. That research, which looked at spots of white matter on the brain scans of 284 people in late middle age, was conducted by the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute and the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

People who work in jobs that task the intellect are better able to withstand the effects of brain lesions commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease, report researchers from the University of Wisconsin's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

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