August 26, 2019
A few years ago, John Searle thought his life as he knew it was over.
His body had slowly stopped working. He had trouble walking, he was falling down, he had bad short-term memory and, at 69, he was incontinent.
It was a pattern of decline the retired Canadian engineer from Brantford, Ontario was all too familiar with. His own sister had died of Alzheimer's in her 50s. His father had died of dementia in his early 80s. So he began to start planning for a future he would not be able to participate in.
August 16, 2019
Scientists at MIT and MGH have gained new clues into the role of the brain’s blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s disease. Recent research has found that damage from Alzheimer’s allows toxins to enter the brain, further harming neurons.
The results are being used to try and develop new drugs to solidify the blood-brain barrier.
August 15, 2019
INSIGHT (August 15, 2019): IKEA and the Queen of Sweden are Collaborating to Build Homes Designed to Help Those Living with Alzheimer's
August 15, 2019
Harvard SEAS (August 15, 2019): Using Math to Help Treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Other Diseases
Protein aggregation — in which misfolded proteins clump together to form large fibrils — has been implicated in many diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and type II diabetes. While the exact role these fibrils play in diseases isn’t fully understood, many of the current treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s target the aggregation process. However, finding the right treatment protocols for these drugs, which can be toxic in large doses, is challenging.
August 9, 2019
More and more studies are showing how regular exercise benefits the brain, and in particular, the aging brain. What’s less clear is how exactly exercise counters the cognitive decline that comes with aging and diseases like Alzheimer’s.
August 9, 2019
Increasingly, Alzheimer’s disease research has focused on the preclinical stage, when people have biological evidence of Alzheimer’s but either no symptoms or minimal symptoms—the time when interventions might have the potential to prevent future decline of older adults.
August 5, 2019
David Nisbet’s father died of dementia this summer, and he wanted to do something to honor his dad and also help other families cope with the sadness of watching a loved one’s memory slip away.
Nisbet, 58, who helped care for his father, Dinsmore Nisbet, knew how challenging it can be to take a person with dementia out in public, especially for a meal.
July 30, 2019
An Oregon researcher is shaking up the way we think about clinical studies and long-term research on Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearable and sensory technology called Life Lab systems are tracking the day-to-day lifestyles of aging adults, which gives researchers better insight into how the way we live affects the way we age.
Director of the Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at OHSU, Dr. Jeffery Kaye, has spent the past 30 years studying and understanding the way we age. Fast forward to 2019 and he is finding a better way to do that research.
July 29, 2019
National Institutes of Health (July 29, 2019): NIH Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias Professional Judgment Budget for FY 2021 Now Online
At today’s meeting of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services, NIA Director Richard J. Hodes presented the NIH FY 2021 Professional Judgment Budget for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.
July 18, 2019
CBS Philly (July 17, 2019): Working Moms Have Stronger Memory, Less Risk Of Alzheimer’s Than Non-Working Moms, Study Says
There is encouraging news for working moms. While it might be difficult, new research says it can protect memory and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not just for the money, either. Paid employment can have positive, long-term benefits for a woman’s brain.
The new findings come from a federally-funded long-term study of aging people across the United States.