Today's Top Alzheimer's News
August 4, 2014
Baby boomers destigmatizing Alzheimer's, linking walking and Alzheimer's, and a photo series tackles the reality of Alzheimer's (read more).
- An August 3, 2014 The Denver Post article reported on the impact of baby boomers on raising awareness and destigmatizing Alzheimer's disease. According to the article, "Experts say that aging baby boomers, with their sheer numbers and knack for self-help, could slowly lift some of the secrecy and stigma surrounding Alzheimer's…Philanthropists and politicians are realizing the impending crisis and are stepping up with more resources for chronically underfunded Alzheimer's research, said University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher Huntington Potter."
- An August 3, 2014 Sacramento Bee article highlighted the devastating impact of Alzheimer's on California families. According to the article, "Strong-willed but tiny, Meredith had lived alone in the home since her husband, Patrick, died nearly 35 years earlier. But now she was entering the middle to late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the progressive and incurable brain disorder that affects 5.1 million Americans. Doctors had told her family that she needed 24-hour supervision, and they couldn’t do it anymore. They were exhausted after months of providing care and trying to navigate the paranoia, mood swings and delusions that Alzheimer’s has created in her deteriorating brain."
- An August 1, 2014 Washington Post article reported that "The way older people walk may provide a reliable clue about how well their brain is aging and could eventually allow doctors to determine whether they are at risk of Alzheimer’s." According to the article, "Now, researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center say that a simple test to measure a patient’s cognitive abilities and walking speed could provide a new diagnostic tool to identify people at risk for dementia. It could be especially important tool in low- and middle-income countries with less access to sophisticated and costly technology, the scientists said."
- An August 1, 2014 The Baltimore Sun photo series highlighted individuals suffering from different stages of Alzheimer's disease.