Every week we scour the news for the latest headlines in Alzheimer’s stories, care, treatment, and prevention. Here are this week’s biggest stories for the week of July 16th, 2012 – July 22nd, 2012.
New Tips for Caregivers / Alcohol & Alzheimer’s
Last week, health care professionals and scientists from around the world met in Vancouver, Canada to present the latest cutting-edge research on Alzheimer’s disease for the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Studies and presentations covered a wide range of topics, including the importance of ongoing social interaction and exercise to help manage symptoms and potentially delay the progression of the disease.
Studies confirm if you’re a light or moderate drinker — 1 oz. of alcohol per day if you are a woman, up to 2 oz. for men — you don’t need to change your habits. But if you don’t drink, starting alcohol consumption in your later years isn’t the best idea. It may increase your risk of mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease.