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Bracelet can help bring wandering Alzheimer’s patients back home

The Alzheimer’s Association has partnered with the Medic Alert Foundation to create a program that can help someone with dementia get home safely if they wander.

Six in 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s will wander at some point during the disease process. The MedicAlert Safe Return was created for that purpose: it’s a bracelet that has […]

This Social Security Program Could Help Retirees With Dementia

A seldom-used Social Security program could help more people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia manage their money, according to a new research brief from Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research.

The Representative Payee Program lets a designated proxy receive and manage a retiree’s benefit check for them. Without some form of money management, […]

Cognitive Computer Games May Ward Off Decline In Brain Function In The Elderly

Ask people what they fear most about growing old and they’ll say Alzheimer’s or dementia — not being “with it.”

It seems like there’s not much we can do to ward off the decline in brain function.

Or is there?

As CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports, it’s not a matter of doing crosswords or sudoku. […]

Alzheimer’s disease: Scientists close in on how it starts and how to stop it

Scientists identified a sequence of events involving immune cells and proteins that become abnormal in Alzheimer’s disease. They suggest that this could be the starting point for the brain-wasting disorder and they identify two proteins that might serve as drug targets for stopping or even reversing its symptoms.

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Loneliness And Lost Independence: Living With Dementia

An overwhelming number of dementia sufferers and their carers are struggling with feelings of isolation and social disconnection, while suffers also battle feelings of uselessness, a new study shows.

Both carers and people living with dementia reported high levels of feeling lonely and set apart from others in their networks and in the community, while […]

New possibility of studying how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain at different ages

Alzheimer’s disease can lead to several widely divergent symptoms and, so far, its various expressions have mainly been observed through the behaviour and actions of patients. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now produced images showing the changes in the brain associated with these symptoms – a development which increases knowledge and could […]

A decline in navigational skills could predict neurodegenerative disease

Changes in how humans map their surroundings and construct and follow directions as they age have been understudied compared to effects on memory and learning. However, age-related declines in navigational ability are independent of those more well-known cognitive downturns, and could form the basis for tools for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers discuss […]

Retirees with Dementia in Need of Financial Assistance

Most retirees suffering from mild cognitive impairment or dementia need assistance managing their finances in order to prevent the risk of making financial mistakes or falling victim to fraud and abuse.

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR) says the Social Security’s Representative Payee Program can be a major source of support for […]

Unraveling Alzheimer’s: New study documents how brain cells go bad

In the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, there are abnormal deposits of amyloid beta protein and tau protein, and swarms of activated immune cells. But scientists do not fully understand how these three major factors combine to drive the disease. Now, UNC School of Medicine and National Institutes of Health researchers have untangled the […]

Undergraduates develop tools to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before patients show symptoms

A team of seven University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering undergraduates earned the top prize in this year’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge for their efforts to develop low-cost tools to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before patients show symptoms.

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