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Caregivers face challenges when patients also have dementia

Caregivers face challenges when patients also have dementia

Alzheimer’s disease ran the show for the last few years of Robert Lusk’s life. The incurable brain disorder took center stage in front of other ailments: chronic diabetes, heart surgery and prostate cancer. But his wife and caregiver, Mary, had to take all of his medical conditions into consideration while maintaining calm and routine in […]

Alzheimer’s just a normal part of ageing

Alzheimer’s just a normal part of ageing

ALZHEIMER’S is the second most feared disease after cancer but it should be regarded not as a tragedy, but as a normal part of the ageing process in people aged 85 and over, a mental health specialist says. Just as other parts of the body degenerate – eyes, bones, heart and skin – so too […]

With Alzheimer’s, hospital stays can be a hazard

With Alzheimer’s, hospital stays can be a hazard

WASHINGTON – For people with Alzheimer’s disease, a hospital stay may prove catastrophic. People with dementia are far more likely to be hospitalized than other older adults, often for preventable reasons like an infection that wasn’t noticed early enough. Hospitals can be upsetting to anyone, but consider the added fear factor if you can’t remember […]

How Feeling Lonely Can Shorten Your Life

Is loneliness lethal? According to two new studies published online Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, living alone or feeling lonely can increase your chances of disability and early death. In one study, researchers at Harvard Medical School followed nearly 45,000 people who had heart disease or were at high risk of developing it. […]

Post-stroke depression linked to functional brain impairment

Post-stroke depression linked to functional brain impairment

Researchers studying stroke patients have found a strong association between impairments in a network of the brain involved in emotional regulation and the severity of post-stroke depression. Results of the study are published online in the journal Radiology. “A third of patients surviving a stroke experience post-stroke depression (PSD),” said lead researcher Igor Sibon, M.D., […]

UNCP professor’s Alzheimer’s drug shows promise

UNCP professor’s Alzheimer’s drug shows promise

PEMBROKE — The key to successfully treating — and maybe reversing — Alzheimer’s disease may be closer than we realize. Dr. Ben Bahr, a biotechnology professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, has discovered a drug that he said can slow and even reverse the progression of the disease. As many as 5.4 […]

Dementia care model that reduces hospitalizations successfully translated into …

Dementia care model that reduces hospitalizations successfully translated into …

INDIANAPOLIS — An innovative model of dementia care that significantly reduces emergency department visits and hospitalizations, and encourages use of medications that are not harmful to older brains, has now been used to treat over 1,000 patients. The Aging Brain Care model was developed by researcher-clinicians from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School […]

Agencies demand curbs on drugs for dementia

Agencies demand curbs on drugs for dementia

Many institutionalized dementia patients are known to lash out as part of their condition — to strike the aides trying to feed or clean them, to yell at other patients, to aggressively resist intrusive but necessary medical care such as IVs and catheters. They are also known to be heavily medicated to control such behavior, […]

New Drug Trial Aims To Prevent Alzheimer’s Before It Starts

New Drug Trial Aims To Prevent Alzheimer’s Before It Starts

On Tuesday, the federal government unveiled its National Alzheimer’s Plan to find effective ways to prevent and treat dementia and Alzheimer’s by 2025. On Wednesday, the plan’s scope became clearer as news broke of federal funding for an unprecedented drug trial: participants who are genetically guaranteed to get Alzheimer’s but do not yet have symptoms will […]

U.S. Launches National Alzheimer’s Plan

U.S. Launches National Alzheimer’s Plan

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. On Tuesday, the Obama Administration announced the launch of the National Alzheimer’s Plan, with the goal of finding effective ways to prevent and treat the devastating effects of dementia by 2025. “This is a strong plan that promises important progress when implemented,” Harry Johns, president and […]

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