June 13, 2019
Alzheimer’s disease has become a national crisis. The federal government has expanded federal funding to support clinical trials and research into the causes and treatments, as well as the psychosocial impact that the disease can cause to individuals and their families.
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.
June 10, 2019
MGH News (June 7, 2019): Tau Damages Neurons in Alzheimer's Disease by Disrupting Molecular Transport
Intracellular aggregation of tau into neurofibrillary tangles is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and is known to correlate with synapse loss and neurodegeneration. However, the mechanisms that drive tau aggregation are still unknown.
May 30, 2019
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
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.”
January 17, 2019
NBC News (January 17, 2019): How to Care for Yourself When You're Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's Disease
It doesn’t take a huge stretch of the mind to understand why caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is challenging — especially when that someone is a loved one.
It can be physically taxing work, particularly in later stages of the disease when the person needs more and more help with daily functioning. The disease progresses, so care strategies that may work one day may need to be re-written the next.
January 8, 2019
Research on Alzheimer’s has mainly focused on Caucasians. New findings, however, suggest the disease process that leads to dementia may differ in African–Americans. According to a study published Monday in JAMA Neurology, the brains of African–Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have less buildup of a protein called tau—one of the two hallmark proteins that characterize the disease.
December 10, 2018
Washington Post (December 8, 2018): Many Alzheimer’s Patients Experience ‘Sundowning,’ or Strong Mood Swings Late in the Day
Growing up, Emily German looked up to her mother as a fierce role model who effortlessly juggled family, friends and a successful career.
In the 1980s and ’90s, Linda Larsen German had worked her way up the corporate ladder in Manhattan, helping to grow the Liz Claibornebusiness into a Fortune 500 company before leaving to start her own ventures. She was a natural-born leader with a quick mind.
December 3, 2018
Being Patient (December 3, 2018): For a Family With Near-Certainty of Early Alzheimer’s, the Search for a Cure Begins Within
Dr. Francisco Lopera was a young medical resident in Antioquia, Colombia when he encountered his first familial Alzheimer’s patient in the mid 1980s. The patient, a man from a local village, was only 47 years old. Over the next few years, Lopera would meet more and more patients like him—all middle-aged adults with severe memory problems.