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August 14, 2013   

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Study hints at connection between cocoa and brain blood flow

As different areas of the brain need more energy to complete their tasks, they also need greater blood flow. A new study links drinking cocoa, which is high in antioxidants, to improved scores on a memory test in seniors with low levels of blood flow in their brains. In this small study, brain blood flow improved in the 18 participants whose brain blood flow levels were low. There was no effect among the others who had normal blood flow. The Alzheimer's Association believes this very preliminary study is not well-designed as a test of an intervention and that no one should start drinking cocoa with the expectation that it will provide cognitive benefits.
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Connections with friends, family and other Alzheimer's caregivers can help

Some caregivers may lose patience with being asked the same question 10 times because their loved one with Alzheimer's can't remember the answer. In addition to maintaining friendships and good family relationships, staying connected with other caregivers can help caregivers stay strong and patient.
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Songwriter pens humorous musical to tell the story of mother's Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is no laughing matter, but singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke, whose mother had the disease, is trying to find the humor in it. She has written a one-woman musical that tells the story of a daughter and mother trying to cope during the final stages of Alzheimer's.
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