Today's Top Alzheimer's News

Military veterans and Alzheimer's, socioeconomic factors contribute to Alzheimer's among African Americans, and the impact of a late retirement on fending off Alzheimer's (read more).   

Must Reads

  • A July 15, 2013 USA Today article reported a new study has found that military veterans diagnosed with most forms of cancer were less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, and those treated with chemotherapy got even more protection.
  • A July 15, 2013 Boston Globe article reported that Africa-Americans are at greater risk of getting Alzheimer's due to socioeconomic factors. According to the article, "The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures reports older African-Americans are twice as likely to suffer from aging-related dementia or Alzheimer’s as white counterparts. (Hispanics are 1.5 times as likely to have Alzheimer’s.)...High blood pressure and diabetes can increase one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to the 2013 facts and figures report. These conditions are more prevalent in poorer communities."
  • A July 15, 2013 Forbes article reported that a researchers at France's INSERM have found that later retirement could help to "fend off Alzheimer's." According to the article, "Researchers at INSERM, the French government’s health research agency, studied 429,000 retirees in France who were formerly self-employed and discovered that their risk of having a diagnosis of dementia was reduced by 3.2% for each extra year they worked before retirement." Also reported on by AARP.

 Caregiving 

  • A July 15, 2013 Boston Business Journal article reported that "Tufts Health Plan is launching an integrated care management program for patients with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers." According to the article, "Tufts Health Plan will fund a special dementia care consultant who works and trains at the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at its Watertown, Mass. headquarters. The care consultant is dedicated to helping patients by conducting a needs-based assessment, creating a plan to be shared with the care manager, primary care physician and family caregiver, training Tufts’ care managers on dementia issues, and providing information on community support programs."

 Sequestration 

  • A July 15, 2013 Philly.com opinion piece by Dr. Robert I. Field, professor at the Earle Mack School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health, highlighted the negative impact of sequestration on medical research. According to Field, "But the sequester is about to exert an especially sinister effect that lies just outside of public view. It could cripple medical research…The NIH sequestration budget cuts are not good for anyone. We could be feeling the damaging effects in money and in lives for a long time to come."

 

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