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February 17, 2016
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Study finds that education may help reduce the risk of dementia
The risk of developing dementia may be decreasing for heart-healthy people with at least a high school education, according to a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine. The research findings suggest that among residents of one town in Massachusetts, a reduction of new cases of dementia seen over three decades may be associated with higher levels of education and improvements in reducing heart health risk factors. However, this study only shows correlation, not cause and effect. The researchers also saw a trend of fewer cases of Alzheimer’s disease, but this finding wasn’t statistically significant.

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Why are women disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s disease?
Nearly two-thirds of the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women, and two-thirds of the more than 15 million Americans providing care and support for someone with Alzheimer’s disease are women. So why does Alzheimer’s seem to affect more women than men? Emerging evidence suggests there may be unique biological reasons for these differences beyond longevity alone.
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Couple impacted by Alzheimer’s disease communicates through music
Alzheimer's disease can take a profound toll on relationships, but for some couples it may also offer new ways to connect. For Jerry McClain, who has Alzheimer’s, and his wife Elaine, music is a key part of their bond. In addition to performing regularly in public, Jerry sings to Elaine every day at home, using music as a way to communicate even as details fade.
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