Dementia in the News

November 1, 2017

The White House (November 1, 2017): Statement from President Donald J. Trump on National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, 2017

President Ronald Reagan declared the first National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. Eleven years later, President Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which eventually claimed his life. While President Reagan’s experience raised our collective awareness about this cruel disease, Americans today are, sadly, no less vulnerable to its ravages. The slow, steady decline of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias continues to affect Americans from all walks of life.

October 26, 2017 (October 25, 2017): My Amyloid Is 'Elevated' -- So What's My Risk Of Getting Alzheimer's Disease?

A few years ago, Julie began to worry about her memory. Names didn’t come as quickly. She had to work out on paper calculations she once figured out in her head, and her reading glasses seemed to have grown legs and started wandering about the house. At her annual physical, Doctor Thomas reassured her, saying that these are just the effects of aging. “I seriously doubt this is anything to worry about. You’re selling real estate, chairing the YMCA board and still medaling in masters swimming!”

October 23, 2017

Boston Globe (October 23, 2017): Growing Number of Alzheimer’s Cases Seen as Challenge to Massachusetts

Massachusetts is facing an epidemic of people slipping into the shadows of dementia, and lawmakers want to make sure the state is prepared.

The number of people in Massachusetts who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias will increase by 25 percent in just eight years, rising from 120,000 in 2017 to 150,000 in 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

October 18, 2017

CBS News (October 18, 2017): Alzheimer’s Disease: How to Manage Personality Changes In The Elderly

It’s unfortunate, but a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease includes personality changes in the elderly. As the disease deteriorates the brain, the initial behavioral changes in Alzheimer’s disease can provoke a previously calm loved one to have outbursts or cause a shy, withdrawn person to become uninhibited suddenly.

It can be challenging for a family member to manage personality changes in the elderly. It can also be emotionally upsetting for a loved one to witness these changes without knowing how to address them.

Three personality changes in the elderly

October 6, 2017

Los Angeles Times (October 6, 2017): Knowing the Signs of Lewy Body Dementia May Help Speed Diagnosis

Lewy body dementia reached the public eye in 2014 after reports that Robin Williams died with diffuse Lewy body disease.

But, despite the fact that Lewy body dementia is the second most common dementia, it remains frequently unrecognized.

In one study, almost 70 percent of people diagnosed with Lewy body dementia saw three consultants before receiving the diagnosis. For a third of people with the disease, getting the correct diagnosis took more than two years.

September 21, 2017

New York Times (September 21, 2017): Patient Voices, Alzheimer's Disease

When someone is told that he or she has Alzheimer’s disease, it affects the entire family. Beyond the basic memory decline, there are concerns about maintaining independence, long-term care and holding on to special moments. Here, people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and loved ones who care for them speak about living with the disease.

September 12, 2017

Boston Globe (September 11, 2017): A Family with an Astonishing Rate of Alzheimer’s Disease May Harbor a Powerful New Gene

Louise Lowman Lee remembers stories about her great-grandmother being put in a fenced area in the backyard, so she could wander safely. She watched her mother patiently care for her grandmother, who lost her reason, inhibitions, and ability to care for herself. Then Alzheimer’s disease gradually eroded the brain of her devoted mother, too.

But when Lee and two of her sisters brought their mother, Mildred Chastain Lowman, to Emory University in Atlanta in 2006, they weren’t thinking about the family tree. They were just looking for the best possible treatment.


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