Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

Film Review: “Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die”

The documentary takes an honest look at aid in dying

When author Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he had to confront an uncomfortable decision: Should he see his illness through to the end (and risk losing his dignity in the process), or should he choose to end his life prematurely? … Continue reading

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Finding Alzheimer’s Drugs is Harder Than You Think

Here's why researchers struggle to find treatments for Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease is a well-known disorder that affects 5.4 million Americans. Yet there are currently only four drugs available that treat its symptoms. Unlike cancer treatments, which are varied, plentiful and targeted to specific forms of the disease, Alzheimer’s drugs are … Continue reading

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A Unique Assisted Living Facility Offers Dementia Patients Hope

The Ohio-based Lantern communities create a stimulating atmosphere for clients with Alzheimer's and dementia

Traditionally, assisted living facilities are quite drab environments. Even those that strive for a more welcoming atmosphere, with amenities like communal dining rooms and colorful decor, typically fall far short of providing a setting in which residents feel at home. … Continue reading

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Noise, Air Pollution Increase Risk of Dementia

A new study links proximity to auto traffic with higher dementia risk

The scientific community has known for years that air pollution is linked to an increased risk of dementia. Numerous studies have shown that men and women who live in heavily polluted cities develop cognitive deficits at an earlier age than those … Continue reading

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How People with Alzheimer’s Disease Experience Pain

Patients with dementia feel pain but may not be able to communicate it well

Historically, medical professionals thought that people with Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions did not feel pain as acutely as other aging adults. According to a WebMD article published in 2006,  this was based on the observation that Alzheimer’s patients complained less about pain … Continue reading

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Promising Alzheimer’s Prevention Study Is Underway

Researchers at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute hope two investigational drugs may reduce or eliminate the protein linked to Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating and incurable condition that affects as many as 5 million Americans age 65 and older, according to estimates by the CDC, and more than 46 million people worldwide.  Now, researchers from the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute … Continue reading

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