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Study of perception and memory in older adults will improve understanding of dementias

UC Riverside has received a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Aging to study how the brain’s main norepinephrine production center regulates perception and memory in older adults.

The results could improve noninvasive diagnoses and treatments for dementias associated with old age or Parkinson’s disease. The project will be led by bioengineering professor […]

Alzheimers Q&A: How can I help someone with Alzheimer’s when I live far away?

Whether you are an hour away or live in a different state, long-distance caregiving is often a challenge, especially because you want to be an integral part in the care of your loved one with Alzheimer’s.

Learn as much as you can about your family member’s diagnosis and his or her wishes about the future. […]

Navigating the challenges of dementia

Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a general impairment of cognitive functioning such as thinking, remembering and reasoning. This loss of mental ability is often chronic and progressive and not associated with any altered consciousness, but is severe enough to interfere with normal activities of daily living.

Changes in memory, mood, thinking, and […]

COVID-19: People with dementia need vaccine priority, advocates say

Most Taiwanese with dementia do not meet the requirements for COVID-19 vaccination priority group 5, the Taiwan Alzheimer’s Disease Association said on Wednesday, urging the Central Epidemic Command Center to include them.

Only 43,000 people, or 14.4 percent of Taiwanese with dementia, meet the requirements for vaccination, while another 257,000 people — including those with […]

Dementia in the family: The fires of sorrow

THE mind travels back, negotiating the bends and deep pits of time. It sees a tree, rich in swaying boughs and sturdy roots. And fruit.

But in the present day, it sees this not. The tall durian tree at Mummy’s place is bereft of its rich leaves from the past. Only a shadow of a […]

Music is key in helping those living with dementia

Music accompanies us through life, starting in the womb with the steady thud of a mother’s heartbeat.

It is the joy of a nursery rhyme and the abandon of a toddler’s uninhibited dance moves, little feet stomping with delight.

The teenage years fuelled by angst and the discovery of new bands and rebellious artists, who […]

Health Matters: The effect of Alzheimer’s disease on caregivers

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior.

It can be devastating, and often times, it takes a greater toll on the caretaker than the patient.

“The loved ones suffer even more, because at a point, the individual doesn’t know what’s happening because they live moment to moment,” said […]

Free programs available for families affected by Alzheimer’s, other dementias

To help individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers continue to stay active and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has created the “AFA Teal Room,” a new page on its website that is home to a free library of virtual activity and therapeutic programming. Programs, which are free, […]

Help is available for people who care for those with Alzheimer’s, Nebraska expert says

Cases of a caregiver killing someone he or she has been caring for are uncommon.

But a local expert said cases of caregivers struggling to cope and of elder abuse have skyrocketed during the pandemic.

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‘People are desperate’: New Alzheimer’s drug met with hope, skepticism

In the weeks since a new Alzheimer’s drug was approved, hopeful patients have bombarded Dr. Alireza Atri with calls and emails about a treatment that has sparked both excitement and skepticism.

They want to know if the drug might be right for them. Like many physicians, Atri has no easy answers.

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