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Alzheimer's linked to genetic codes

28 November 2014 09:47

Certain genetic variants have been linked to Alzheimer's

Certain genetic variants have been linked to Alzheimer's

Scientists have linked people's different genetic codes with a vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers looked at results from 30,000 people with a minimum age of 45, who took tests to record their ability to recall certain words and stories.

When their test results were compared with their genetic codes, it was revealed that those with lower scores had DNA variants near a gene which has been linked to Alzheimer's.

Scientists believe that these genetic variants could hold the key to understanding the mechanisms that underpin healthy ageing of the brain.

This, in turn, could lead to more preventative treatments that could protect us from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Tips for travelling with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's shouldn't be an obstacle stopping you from having a good holiday - in fact foreign travel can be very beneficial. And Alzheimer's travel insurance can help to provide real peace of mind for when you go on your trip.

Here is a list of tips to make sure your holiday remains enjoyable and stress-free.

- Preparation is key. The earlier you start planning, the better. Make sure passports, insurance, accommodation and flights are all sorted well in advance. This will seriously reduce any added stress.

- Write things down. Making a list of all the belongings you're taking with you will really come in handy. The list should tell you what's in each piece of luggage and how many items of luggage you have. Everyone on the holiday should have a copy of the list and another can be left with someone at home.

- Keep medication on you. Make sure you keep medication in your hand luggage when travelling so you won't be parted from it at any stage. Phone ahead and inform the airline if it needs to be kept refrigerated.

- Take it easy. Someone with dementia might be feeling weary after a long journey. Upon arrival, enjoy a nice cup of tea. Take it slow, there's no need to get the unpacking done immediately.

- Be transparent. Be open with everyone about the fact one or more of your party has dementia. Plan ahead and let the airline and hotel know about your circumstances. They will be able to take steps to make your trip a more comfortable and pleasurable experience for all involved.