Dementia in the News

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.

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.

July 17, 2019

Fox10 News (July 16, 2019): 5 Lifestyle Behaviors Found to Lower Risk of Alzheimer's By 60 Percent, New Research Finds

Even if you have a high genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s, new research has found that making healthy lifestyle choices can lower your overall risk for the disease, as well as your risk for other forms of dementia.

Researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that a healthy diet, regular exercise, light to moderate alcohol intake, not smoking and engaging in cognitively stimulating activities reduced the risk of Alzheimer's by 60 percent — when compared to those who only followed one or none of those habits.

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. 

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