Stress, Negativity and Alzheimer’s – Happy New Year!

The start of a new year often brings promises that “this year” you are going to take better care of yourself, relax, eat healthy foods, and eliminate stress.  All of this is good given everything we know about health habits and stress.  And the results of a recent study gives us even more incentive toContinue reading “Stress, Negativity and Alzheimer’s – Happy New Year!”

The Difficult Balance of Hope and Disappointment in Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease

Two issues in the news this week caught my attention, both related to treatments hoped to ease the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. These stories shine a light on the delicate balance of those willing to try anything – and those, such as the FDA, who must weigh safety and professional standards. This week we receivedContinue reading “The Difficult Balance of Hope and Disappointment in Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease”

Why Exercise Is Important As We Age

Susan’s latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers addresses the importance of exercising, particularly as we age.  The column, entitled “Spring into action with easy exercise program,” describes various ways older adults can incorporate exercise into the daily routine. The article addresses four categories of physical activity: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility, and why each areContinue reading “Why Exercise Is Important As We Age”

Will Brain Mapping Solve the Mystery of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Amid federal budget concerns and continuous struggles for research dollars, it is encouraging that President Obama is supporting a $100 million brain mapping project, “Obama calls for brain mapping project.” While Alzheimer’s disease is just one area that may benefit from this 10 year project, any progress made that will advance our understanding of theContinue reading “Will Brain Mapping Solve the Mystery of Alzheimer’s Disease?”

Taking Action to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia

Susan Gilster, PhD, authored, “Taking action while younger may stave off Alzheimer’s, dementia,” for the Cincinnati Enquirer. The article, recognizing November as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, explains that while Alzheimer’s disease and dementia were once thought to be simply diseases of the very old, evidence now suggests the dementia-disease process begins much earlier than symptomsContinue reading “Taking Action to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia”