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Alzheimer's Discovery

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Unlocking Potential in Spite of a Diagnosis

Those with a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s struggle to find messages of hope. Common practice is to focus more on the deficits than the brain skills that are preserved. Too little attention is given on the life still left to live and ways to extend its quality.

Our cognitive neuroscience research shows that a strengths-based approach enriches the lives of families adjusting to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

Keys to Reframe

PURPOSE Focus on what you can change.
ACCEPTANCE Overcome fears to keep living.
UNDERSTANDING Open new lines of communication.
SUPPORT Create the team you need.
EDUCATION Use knowledge as power.

A Proactive Approach

Hundreds of families have participated in Alzheimer’s Discovery™ over the last 20 years. Our approach is unique because we …

  • Target families soon after a diagnosis

  • Focus on potential rather than loss

  • Communicate strategies that enhance quality of life

  • Care for both the diagnosed and the care partner

  • Discuss challenges in terms of brain health

Assistant director of strengths-based programs Audette Rackley introduces a video series with insights from participants about ways in which the program has transformed their lives.

Research Highlights

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Effects of Cognitive-Communication Stimulation for Alzheimer's Disease Patients Treated with Donepezil

This study outlines the benefits of cognitive training when administered with drug treatments for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer's.

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Enhancing Latent Cognitive Capacity in Mild Cognitive Impairment with Gist Reasoning Training: A Pilot Study

Training programs that target top-down cognitive functions such as gist reasoning may have a broad impact on improving cognition in MCI.

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Discourse Changes in Early Alzheimer Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Normal Aging

This study establishes discourse gist measures as a protocol for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.

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A Noradrenergic Theory of Cognitive Reserve: Implications for Alzheimer’s Disease

This review supports the theory that noradrenaline is a protective factor against Alzheimer's disease.

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Developing Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Individuals with Alzheimer’s Dementia

This article outlines the role of a committee dedicated to developing guidelines for speech-language pathologists serving individuals with dementia.

In Their Own Words

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