Dementia in the News

National Institutes of Health (January 12, 2016): Boosting Brain’s Waste Disposal System May Slow Neurodegenerative Diseases

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Tue, 01/12/2016

Several neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, are characterized by proteins that accumulate in the brain. One protein, called tau, clumps into twisted threads known as tangles. These are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease and several other neurodegenerative disorders known as tauopathies.

Smithsonian (January 11, 2016): How Museums are Helping People With Memory Loss

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Mon, 01/11/2016

Alzheimer’s disease affects one of every nine Americans age 65 or older, and some experts estimate that this number will double by 2050. As more and more people develop memory loss, individuals are finding creative ways to help those afflicated. One of these unlikely places? Museums.

White House (January 2016): 2015 White House Conference on Aging (Final Report)

Publication Date: 
Tue, 01/05/2016

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The White House has held a Conference on Aging every decade, beginning in 1961, to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans.

In 2015, the United States marked the 50th anniversaries of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) provided an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs as well as to look ahead to the next decade.

Japan Times (January 3, 2016): Part II: Options Available to Mitigate Dangers of Living Alone with Dementia

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Sun, 01/03/2016

At first glance, it’s hard to tell what’s wrong with Keiko Sawada.

“I don’t hate being alone, but I do feel lonely at times,” Sawada, a sociable and talkative woman, said during a recent visit to her one-room apartment in Nakano Ward, Tokyo. “Of course I’m worried about what will happen to me in the future. I’m 85, after all.”

As casual exchanges continue, however, it becomes increasingly clear the former bar hostess has serious memory problems.

Japan Times (January 4, 2016): Part III: Isolation a Real Danger for Men Caring for an Elderly Relative

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Mon, 01/04/2016

Like many people who care for elderly family members at home, Norio Watanabe, 51, struggled to deal with the physical and mental burdens of looking after his father, who had dementia.

For about four years until his father’s death in 2014, everyday life for the single Watanabe was packed with care and work. He woke up at 3 a.m. to prepare a special meal for his father, who had a kidney disease, and changed his diaper before heading for work at a food catering company.

Mass General Magazine (December 16, 2015): Brain Disease Researchers Track Elusive Protein

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Wed, 12/16/2015

Dvastating brain diseases like Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer’s have been painfully slow to give up their secrets.  But behavioral neurologist Brad Dickerson, MD, and his Mass General research team are tracking an important protein that has long eluded measurement in the living brain.  Their work may mark a turning point in how such now-incurable conditions are understood and treated.

National Institutes of Health (December 11, 2015): 2014-2015 Alzheimer's Disease Progress Report: Advancing Research Toward a Cure

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Fri, 12/11/2015

NIH Reports to the Nation
NIH is pleased to present the 2014-2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Advancing Research Toward a Cure. This annual report details NIH-supported and -conducted Alzheimer’s disease research initiatives, objectives, and advances during calendar year 2014 and early 2015. New findings and investments described in this report are organized in categories determined by the Common Alzheimer Disease Research Ontology (CADRO) of the International Alzheimer’s Disease Research Portfolio (IADRP).

MIT News (December 3, 2015): Protein Imaging Reveals Detailed Brain Architecture

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Thu, 12/03/2015

MIT chemical engineers and neuroscientists have developed a new way to classify neurons by labeling and imaging the proteins found in each cell. This type of imaging offers clues to each neuron’s function and should help in mapping the human brain, the researchers say.

BBC News (December 2, 2015): The Colombian Clan That Helps Better Understand Alzheimer's [Radio Interview]

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Wed, 12/02/2015

Scientists say they've found a network of genes and their subsequent mutations that either speed up or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease. The finding results from a study carried out within a Colombian extended family of 5,000 people descended from one Spaniard. Lead researcher Dr Maurice Arcos-Burgos from the Australian National University in Canberra says that some of the people contracted the disease in their 30s, other developed it in their 70s. The scientist told Newsday how the mutating genes work.

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p039w1rb

National Institutes of Health (November 23, 2015): End-of-Life Costs for Dementia Far Greater than for Other Diseases

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Mon, 11/23/2015

Health care costs can rise dramatically as we age - especially for those who develop long-term conditions like heart disease or dementia. In the United States, most medical costs for people over age 65 are covered by Medicare, a federal health insurance program. But Medicare and other insurers may not cover key expenses, like home care services, medical equipment, and certain nursing home fees. Little has been known about the personal financial toll that end-of-life care can place on people with chronic disorders.

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