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July 10, 2013   

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Association to continue to advocate for coverage of diagnostic tool

The Alzheimer's Association is disappointed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) draft coverage decision on brain amyloid imaging, particularly given the clear, scientific consensus recommendations provided to CMS by the Association and the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) regarding appropriate, limited coverage, only in specific populations. The Association will continue to engage the scientific and health care communities, as well as advocates, to educate CMS on behalf of our constituents about the benefits of coverage for brain amyloid imaging.
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Reading, hobbies may help lower risk
of dementia

Brain-stimulating activities such as reading, writing letters and solving everyday problems may help prevent clinical signs of dementia, a new study shows. Researchers said keeping the brain active seems to help certain brain circuits operate effectively. Study participants who engaged in frequent mental activity later in life had a 32 percent lower rate of mental decline than those with average activity.
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Alzheimer's caregivers may be able to plan for vacation time

For millions of people caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, the idea of taking a vacation may seem unrealistic. However, a relaxing vacation to clear the mind, recharge and return as a more-attentive caregiver is possible with some planning.
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