Today's Top Alzheimer's News

New poll on expanded life finds most folks don't want to live past 120, Alzheimer's and oral health, and the death of a Latino civil rights leader from Alzheimer's (read more).      


Must reads

  • An August 6, 2013 Washington Post article reported on a new poll by the Pew Research Center that "found most Americans wouldn’t want a treatment that would let them live to 120. Fifty-six percent said no thanks — although two-thirds expect most other people would want to try such a step." According to the article, "When asked about living to 120 or beyond, the survey found 51 percent of people said that would be bad for society. They worried about a strain on natural resources, and that such treatments probably would be available only to the rich rather than to everyone…With a rapidly graying population that is bringing concern about the growth of Alzheimer’s disease and an overburdened Medicare system, caution about the idea of one day living even longer may not be surprising." More from the Pew Research Center on expanded life here
  • An August 5, 2013 Bloomberg article reported on the connection between oral hygiene and Alzheimer's. According to the article, "Turns out gum disease is associated with a greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and even pregnancy complications. And a study released last week found evidence that bacteria linked to gingivitis traveled to brains afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease, hinting at a role in dementia."
  • An August 5, 2013 New York Times profile of Senator Barbara A. Mikulski’s role in the current budget debate highlighted her commitment to funding the National Institutes of Health. According to the article, "She still talks at length on the Senate floor and in committee meetings about her father. She recalls how he paid for her to attend Mount Saint Agnes College (now a part of Loyola University Maryland), even after a devastating fire in his store, and how he struggled with Alzheimer’s disease....Her values as a spender stem, said several members, from her social activism, Roman Catholic faith and shameless Maryland boosting. She will talk for hours about the need to protect the National Institutes of Health, both because it is in her home state and because of her interest in health care." 

Notable deaths

  • An August 6, 2013 blog post by the Associated Press' Russell Contreras reported on the death of Texas civil rights leader David Adame, who helped to organize the first meeting between a U.S. President and a Latino group. According to the article, "David Adame, a Houston-area Mexican-American civil rights leader, who helped organized the historic meeting between President John F. Kennedy and LULAC the night before the president was assassinated, died Tuesday, LULAC National President Margaret Moran announced. Adame was 95 and had been suffering for Alzheimer’s Disease."


  • USA2 featured on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio. USAgainstAlzheimer's Associate Directors Virginia Biggar, Stephanie Monroe and Jennifer Molinoff appeared on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio to discuss USA2's latest activities.
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