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Bill Gates reveals his father is battling Alzheimer’s

Bill Gates revealed in an interview on the TODAY show that his father, 92-year-old Bill Gates Sr., is battling Alzheimer’s.

“I have a father who is affected deeply by it,” Gates told the TODAY show. “Only by solving problems like this can we take these medical costs and the human tragedy and really get those […]

AI Promises Life-Changing Alzheimer’s Drug Breakthrough

If Verge Genomics co-founder Alice Zhang is right, the kind of technology that allows you to search the web for “Japanese baseball jerseys” and find a $49.99 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters shirt will help discover a cure for Alzheimer’s.

And that’s just the beginning. Her company could make traditional drug research in a lab seem more […]

Alzheimer’s Q&A

A family physician or primary care doctor is usually the first contact when there are indications of cognitive difficulties. He or she usually will oversee the diagnostic process.

The physician can coordinate the needs of the patient as well as make referrals to specialists and help the family consider courses of action. The family physician […]

Treatments for Alzheimer’s disease continue to evolve

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most prevalent types of dementia in the world, affecting an estimated 35.6 million people all across the globe, and that number is expected to double in 20 years.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America estimates that as many as 5.1 million Americans might be living with Alzheimer’s disease. According to […]

Johns Hopkins dementia study aims to improve quality of life

Today, more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. About 80 percent live at home and are cared for by about 15 million unpaid, informal caregivers — often spouses or adult children. And while impacts on patients include medical and psychological problems, […]

Dr. Zorba Paster: Take steps now to prevent dementia

Alzheimer’s and dementia. These are scary words and are undoubtedly among the biggest health problems facing us today. As we age, our faculties might deteriorate. This doesn’t happen with everyone, but we know the No. 1 risk factor is aging.

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Care for the caregivers

One man’s wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six years ago and is now living at a nearby nursing home. He couldn’t be with her on Christmas Day in December because he was suffering from a bad cold, he says. “She didn’t remember, but it was a big deal for me.”

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Letter: Support Alzheimer’s and caregiver initiatives

While Alzheimer’s disease has been traditionally seen as an aging issue, it has evolved into a public health issue. More than five million people are living with Alzheimer’s, two-thirds of whom are women. The number of people with the disease is projected to triple to as many as 16 million by 2050. The annual costs […]

Caregivers’ voices: families can find themselves frustrated, alone in dealing with dementia

There have been moments when Joanne McNutt wished her mother Marie Kacevychius had cancer instead of dementia.

“With my dad with cancer, the appointments were there, the doctors were there, the care was there, the homecare, everything,” she says.

“Everything was a roadblock for my mum.”

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Early onset dementia: How to care for your spouse and yourself

A dementia diagnosis is upsetting at any age, but for those who develop the disease earlier in life, it presents a host of unique issues that impact the entire family.

“People diagnosed with early onset dementia are typically still in the workforce, they still have a mortgage, and kids living at home or in university. […]