Dementia in the News

July 3, 2019

Reuters (July 3, 2019): Meet the Robot Puppy that Comforts Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients

For many people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, the demands of caring for a dog or pet can be a challenge. But a new robotic puppy being developed in California aims to change all of that by providing companionship and unconditional love for those who are unable to look after a real animal on their own.

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June 20, 2019

Psycholgy Today (June 20, 2019): Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Brings Benefits

“I’m always in the present. I have to be one step ahead of David. Things go missing all the time in this house—the remote, mail and even the utensils. I’m down to a handful of forks! It would be simple if I could just lock the door to store some important items, but he doesn’t like that.”

Mary (name changed for anonymity) is the primary caregiver for David, her husband of 50 years who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. For Mary, ‘being in the present’ refers to her constant worry about even the most mundane elements of life that many take for granted. 

June 19, 2019

U.S. News & World Report (June 19, 2019): Homecare for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s or Dementia

For most older adults, the idea of aging in place and staying at home for as long as possible is an attractive one. But the simple proposition of living at home can be made much more complicated when your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form or dementia.

June 10, 2019

West Central Tribune (June 10, 2019): Why It's Important to Say Something if a Relative Exhibits Signs of Alzheimer's

When Tatiana Lagos's father stopped driving, she didn't think much of it at first.

"He'd say, 'Hey, can you pick me up?' " Lagos recalled of her father, who was in his early 60s and had recently retired from a career in international law. "And he was leaning heavily on his wife for the smallest things," such as scheduling a coffee date.

May 30, 2019

New York Post (May 29, 2019): How Alzheimer’s Patients Cope with Emotional Turmoil After Diagnosis

In 2013, “Deadwood” showrunner David Milch was in New York City, toiling on a TV pilot, when he suddenly couldn’t remember where he parked his car.

It wasn’t the first sign of trouble: Words, the “NYPD Blue” co-creator noticed, had been coming to him unusually slowly. Friends and family had noticed a shift in his temper. He was struggling to keep plotlines straight in his writing projects.

May 29, 2019

WUKY (May 29, 2019): When is Alzheimer's Not Alzheimer's? Researchers Characterize a Different Form of Dementia

In the past, using the terms "Alzheimer’s disease" and "dementia" interchangeably was a generally accepted practice. Now there is rising appreciation that a variety of diseases and disease processes contribute to dementia.  This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine the host talks with Dr. Pete Nelson, of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at UK.  He recently co-chaired an international workgroup that characterized another form of dementia, known as LATE.

May 29, 2019

Japan Times (May 29, 2019): 'A Long Goodbye': Taking a lighter look at Alzheimer's

Japanese films about dementia are by now many and, given demographic trends here, interest in the subject is both natural and necessary.

But as seen in “A Long Goodbye,” Ryota Nakano’s drama about a family dealing with the dementia of its once-proud patriarch, dementia has also become a common device for having extracting audience tears. Not that the film, which stars Tsutomu Yamazaki as the patriarch, is a standard weepie. In fact, its subtitle could be “the lighter, brighter side of Alzheimer’s.”

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