Dementia in the News

July 23, 2018

CNBC (July 22, 2018): Top Alzheimer’s Researchers Hope that Near-100 Dementia Drugs in Trials are Moving Closer to a Breakthrough

The search for an Alzheimer’s disease cure has been dogged by pharmaceutical failures, but a network of the world’s top dementia scientists released a report on Sunday saying that the number of drugs making it to phase two and phase three of clinical trials encourages them to believe that a blockbuster may be among compounds in the current development pipeline.

July 23, 2018

Boston Globe (July 22, 2018): Breaking Taboo, Chinese Elders Learn to Express End-of-Life Wishes

Nine wary residents gathered around a table in the basement of Boston’s Kenmore Abbey Apartments to broach a subject most people tend to avoid: death.

The residents - all Chinese-born men and women between 64 and 85 years old — sipped hot green tea. They listened poker-faced as a facilitator, Shiyun “Cici” Guan of the nonprofit Boston Senior Home Care, spoke in Cantonese about the need to designate a family member as a proxy to make health care decisions for them in the event of emergency or serious illness.

July 18, 2018

Boston Globe (July 18, 2018): As Older Population Grows, Massachusetts Angles to Become the Silicon Valley for ‘Age-Tech’

Pillo, a startup in Boston’s Fort Point district, has developed a robot that sits on your grandparents’ kitchen counter, greets them in the morning, and gently reminds them to take their pills.

Another early-stage local company called Eversound sells wireless headphones whose volume controls let seniors with varying levels of hearing loss exercise or watch movies together.

June 25, 2018

Boston Globe (June 24, 2018): As Drug Development Flounders, People Fearing Alzheimer’s Embrace Lifestyle Changes

They watched helplessly as Alzheimer’s robbed their loved ones of memory and cognition. They’ve agonized over the slow progress toward a cure for a scourge that’s long defied treatment. They’re terrified the disease could someday come for them.

As one failed drug trial after the next has dashed hopes for a medical miracle, many healthy people haunted by the specter of Alzheimer’s are turning to research that suggests lifestyle changes - from fitness regimens and brain games to better diets and social interactions - might help stave off the disease or push back its onset.

June 22, 2018

ABC News (June 22, 2018): Will People with Down Syndrome Unlock the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease?

Michael Clayburgh has a long family history of Alzheimer’s and his grandfather died from the disease.

Clayburgh is now on the front lines of unraveling the causes of the disease that has so devastated his family because of a condition he carries -- Down syndrome.

The 29-year-old from New Hampshire is participating in a clinical trial for a vaccine that would prevent Alzheimer's from forming in the brains of people with Down syndrome.

June 20, 2018

Brain & Life (June/July 2018): Found in Translation

A few years after Alejandra Borunda, 31, a resident of Phoenix, was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease, she began experiencing depression. On her neurologist's recommendation, she made an appointment with a therapist, who asked her some unsettling questions. After telling him she was from the city's West Side, which has a sizeable Hispanic population, he asked if her home had ever been shot at and expressed surprise that she had graduated from her high school.

June 12, 2018

Newsweek (June 5, 2018): Inside the $28 Million Alzheimer’s Village Where Patients Can Shop, Farm and Socialize Freely

A multimillion-dollar village designed as part of an experimental treatment for sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease has started construction in southwestern France.

The complex - hailed as France’s first “Alzheimer’s village” - will house 120 people and will include amenities such as shops, a gym, a restaurant and a small farm, allowing residents to walk freely and maintain a social life, despite their condition. Construction of France’s first facility of its kind began on Monday near a spa town in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and will open in 2019.

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