Dementia in the News

August 30, 2019

WEARTV (August 30, 2019): Alzheimer's Foundation of American Offers Caregivers Tips Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Do you know how to protect your loved ones with Alzheimer if a natural disaster would strike the area?

Alzheimer's Foundation of American (AFA) has created an emergency preparedness checklist for Alzheimer's caregivers in the case that a storm would strike their area.

August 30, 2019

The Jewish News (August 30, 2019): Lewy Body Dementia Explored

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is a complex, challenging brain disorder that affects many parts of the brain. Although less known than its “cousins” Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, it affects 1.4 million Americans.

Where Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, it is followed by LBD and then Parkinson’s. Henry Paulson, M.D., Ph. D., University of Michigan, says: “Despite the prevalence of Lewy Body Dementia, confirming it can be challenging for doctors and patients alike.”

August 26, 2019

BBC News (August 25, 2019): 'There was no hope': Treatable Disease Often Mistaken for Alzheimer's

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

The Patriot Ledger (August 13, 2019): MIT, MGH Scientists Report New Insight into Alzheimer’s

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

IKEA has been exploring new ways to offer more space for lower prices with flatpack housing solutions.

However, the Swedish furniture giant is going one step further and is collaborating with sustainable housing BoKlok and the Queen of Sweden on a project called SilviaBo, according to CNN Business.

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 5, 2019

Washignton Post (August 5, 2019): This Restaurant is Starting a Monthly ‘Dementia Friendly’ Night

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

KGW8 (July 29, 2019): OHSU Alzheimer’s Researchers Use In-Home Technology to Study Aging Population

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.


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