Dementia in the News

USA Today (March 22, 2010): Down Syndrome Patients Could Unlock Mysteries of Aging

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Mon, 03/22/2010

In 1950, when Marybeth Solinski was born, a diagnosis of Down syndrome was practically a death sentence.

Children with the condition often died before their 10th birthday.

Yet Solinski, at 59, has outlived her parents. She has even joined AARP.

Her longevity illustrates the dramatic progress for people with Down syndrome. Thanks to better medical care, the average life expectancy for a child with Down syndrome is now 60 years, according to the National Down Syndrome Society, which estimates that about 400,000 people are living with the condition in the USA.

New York Times (March 18, 2010): Stressful But Vital: Picking a Nursing Home

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Thu, 03/18/2010

The decision is one of the hardest you will ever make. Your spouse, parent or loved one needs care that assisted living or home health care simply cannot provide. You need to choose a nursing home.

It's a difficult and emotional task. The horror stories are well documented, and even in the best nursing homes, the transition can be wrenching for the entire family.

Finding a good nursing home takes research and perseverance. You want a safe, engaging and pleasant environment with caring staff and solid medical practices.

Alzheimer's Association (March 9, 2010): 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

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Tue, 03/09/2010

About This Report:

2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures provides a statistical resource for United States data related to Alzheimer's disease, the most common type of dementia, as well as other dementias.

Background and context for interpretation of the data are contained in the Overview. This includes definitions of the types of dementia and a summary of current knowledge about Alzheimer's disease.

Additional sections address prevalence, mortality, caregiving and use and costs of care and services.

Health Imaging (March 17, 2010): 18F-FDG-PET Could ID Maternal Family Link to Alzheimer's Disease

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Wed, 03/17/2010

18F-FDG PET identified the average increase amyloid-beta plaques among individuals whose mothers had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease compared to others with no family history of dementia, according to research findings published online March 15 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

EurekAlert (March 15, 2010): Fruit Flies and Test Tubes Open New Window on Alzheimer's Disease

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Mon, 03/15/2010

A team of scientists from Cambridge and Sweden have discovered a molecule that can prevent a toxic protein involved in Alzheimer's disease from building up in the brain. Dr. Leila Luheshi, of the Department of Genetics at University of Cambridge, et al. found that in test tube studies, the molecule not only prevents the protein from forming clumps but can also reverse the potentially toxic process. Then, using fruit flies engineered to develop a fly equivalent of Alzheimer's disease, they showed that the same molecule effectively "cures" the insects of the disease.

National Institutes of Health (March 15, 2010): Brain Activities Bring Together Area Students, NIH Scientists

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Mon, 03/15/2010

Busloads of students from Washington, D.C., area schools will visit the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on March 17 and 18 for a special experience. These students, grades five through eight, will participated in the museum's 11th annual Brain Awarenesss Week. During these two days, scientists from five Institutes at the National Institutes of Health will host interactive sessions focusing on brain health and neuroscience.

New York Times (June 27, 2009): Getting Insurance For One's Frailest Years

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Sat, 06/27/2009

In our house, we talk a lot about long-term care. My dad is 92 and afflicted by dementia and failing eyesight.

Luckily, I'm blessed with three wonderful siblings who do the hard work of caring for my father and making sure he can stay in his own home in suburban Detriot. But my visits from Brooklyn to spell my siblings are becoming increasingly complex, as my father needs more care and loses track of exactly who I am.

New York Times (September 19, 2009): Taking Care of Parents Also Means Taking Care of Finances

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Sat, 09/19/2009

Denise Egrebrecht needed a break.

It had been three years since her 86-year-old mother, Eleanor Schwartz, moved in with her and her husband in their home in Johnsburg, Ill. Mrs. Schwartz has Alzheimer's disease and has trouble moving around, so Mrs. Egebrecht helps her mother with her shower each day, makes sure she's fed and takes her on small excursions to the mall in a portable wheelchair. The routine includes occasionally reminding her mother of what day it is and where she's living.

New York Times (September 26, 2009): When Elder Care Problems Escalate, You Can Hire An Expert

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Sat, 09/26/2009

Caring for an elderly parent is emotionally and mentally draining. There are diagnoses to decipher, housing issues to consider, health aides to vet and a raft of legal documents to complete. It can seem overwhelming, even when families are in complete agreement on how to care for an elderly relative. And often they are not.

New York Times (March 12, 2010): Finding the Right Care for the Elderly

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Fri, 03/12/2010

Two years ago my father, then 83, became very ill. Until then, he had been living alone in a pleasant one-bedroom apartment on the Hudson River, an hour's drive from my home in Brooklyn.

After a couple of months in the hospital, it became clear that my dad, Harvey Alderman, could not return to solo living. He was fragile and forgetful, and there was no way he could keep track of the 14 or so pills he had to take each day.

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