News of Note
100 years ago...
December 1, 2006
The year 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of Dr. Alois Alzheimer’s presentation of a case study of a 51-year-old German woman, Auguste D., who had been admitted to a hospital in 1901 with an unusual cluster of symptoms. Those symptoms...
Promoting successful eating in long-term care: Relationships with residents are key
July 1, 2006
First of two parts Anyone who has worked with mid- and late-stage dementia residents in long-term care can describe mealtime challenges they’ve encountered. Refusing to eat, rejecting food, becoming too distracted to eat, not being able to...
Spouse's hospitalization increases partner's risk of death, new study of a half-million couples shows
February 15, 2006
Most people have heard stories about an older person who "dies of a broken heart" shortly after their partner's death. A new study finds that hospitalization of a spouse for a serious illness also increases their partner's risk of...
Exercise associated with reduced risk of dementia in older adults
January 17, 2006
Older adults who exercised at least three times a week were much less likely to develop dementia than those who were less active, according to a new study. The study did not demonstrate directly that exercise reduces risk of dementia, but it joins a...
Building trust and using technology to reach out to American Indians
January 1, 2006
Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADCs) work hard to bring diagnosis, treatment, and education services to the diverse populations they serve, including rural and urban groups, the poor, Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian Americans, American...
Earlier AD diagnosis creating demand for early-stage support groups
July 1, 2005
Many people are being diagnosed earlier in the course of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) because of improving sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic techniques and increased awareness of the disease. Health care professionals, the Alzheimer’...
Innovative website helps seniors take medicines safely
December 16, 2004
How can I remember details about all of the medicines the doctor prescribed for me? Does aging affect how the body processes medicines? Are there ways to avoid side effects? What is the “grapefruit juice effect?” Answers to these...
End-of-life legal instruments
August 1, 2003
What sets Alzheimer's disease apart from many other terminal diseases is the progressive, irreversible loss of cognitive abilities, which begins early and becomes increasingly worse. The majority of patients arrive at the later stages of...
Alzheimer's disease and end-of-life issues
August 1, 2003
Despite our best research efforts, Alzheimer's disease remains incurable. Researchers are using sophisticated technologies to pinpoint how AD progressively steals memories and destroys personality; and yet, AD remains irreversible. Although one...
Genes and their functions
December 1, 2002
A gene provides the code, or blueprint, for the type and order of amino acids needed to build a specific protein. Everything in the body is made up of proteins. Bones and teeth, muscles and blood, for example, are formed from different proteins....