Today's Top Alzheimer's News
May 20, 2014
Virtual reality to assist caregivers, more on the potential use of a common antidepressant to treat Alzheimer's, and new polling finds 54% of dementia sufferers wait 6 months before seeking professional help (read more).
Must reads and watch
- A May 20, 2014 Boston.com video segment reported that "Florida's largest provider of medical services to the elderly is using a virtual reality simulation to teach staff how it feels to have Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Caregivers say it changes how they interact with patients."
- A May 19, 2014 Associated Press article (via Washington Post) reported further on the repurposing of a common antidepressant to treat Alzheimer's. According to the article, "It will take years of additional research to tell whether that translates into any protective effect. Citalopram and similar drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, alleviate depression by affecting levels of the brain chemical serotonin; Sheline said citalopram probably alters amyloid production in a completely different way.In fact, the next question is whether it’s even possible to tamp amyloid production down for long periods or if the body would just get used to the drug and adjust. Sheline has begun enrolling healthy older adults to study the effect of using citalopram for two weeks."
- A May 19, 2014 The Telegraph (UK) article reported that polling by the Alzheimer's Society "...found 54 per cent of those affected by dementia waited at least six months before seeking professional help – with many families delaying taking action because they feared upsetting a loved one if they raised the matter."