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Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s: A New Diagnostic Tool? Learning how the human brain works to predict the future could help people with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to researchers from Washington University. Medicalnewstoday.com reports that a new study, soon to be published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, has found…

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Coach Summitt Stays on the Sidelines Despite Early-Onset Dementia At 59 years old, fabled University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt has received a life-altering diagnosis: early-onset dementia—Alzheimer’s type. USA Today reports that Summitt, famous for her unmatched record of 1,071 wins and an incredible eight national championships, will persist…

People With Alzheimer’s Take Conflicting Meds | Sterling Heights, MI

Would you ever try to ride a bike by pedaling backwards? According to recent research, this is precisely what a lot of people with Alzheimer’s are doing. A study conducted by scientists at the Group Health Research Institute, has discovered that a large number of seniors taking a cholinesterase inhibitor…

Majority of Global Alzheimer’s Cases Go Untreated | Franklin, MI

Alzheimer’s disease impacts people around the globe, in every country, but that doesn’t mean victims of the disease are receiving the treatment they need. According to a new study, in some low-income countries, as many as 90% of dementia cases are thought to go undiagnosed, and thus untreated. Alzheimer’s Disease International…

Diabetes Puts Elderly at Greater Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia | West Bloomfield Township, MI

Researchers have discovered a connection between dementia risk and diabetes. This link means that as many as one-quarter of Americans over the age of 60 could have a significantly increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, according to the results of a recent study. Their findings should resonate with particular…

After Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, Glen Campbell’s Final Tour is a Family Affair | Farmington Hills, MI

This past summer, country singing legend Glen Campbell, 75, announced that he had been living for six months with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. “I’ve figured it out that, I’m not that bright, but God gave me a break.” This frank statement he made during an interview with ABC News likely refers to…

GPS Shoes: A New Way to Track Alzheimer’s Wanderers?

Finding people with Alzheimer’s disease who have wandered away from home (more than 60% of them do, according to the Alzheimer’s Association) is one of caregiver’s biggest concerns. A dizzying array of products is available to address the problem: door and window locks, motion alarms, GPS tracking devices and pendants, and medical ID…

Medicare Drug Plans Change Coverage for Alzheimer’s Medications

All Medicare prescription drug plans made changes for 2012. Anyone enrolled in a drug plan in 2011 should have received a letter explaining what changes were made for 2012. For example, the change that is most relevant to people with Alzheimer’s disease is that most plans have either taken Aricept off their lists of…

November Marks Alzheimer’s Awareness and Commemorates Family Caregivers

Every month brings an “awareness month” of some type. From Glaucoma Awareness in January, Nutrition Month in March, and Breast Cancer Awareness in September, every worthwhile cause devotes a month to raising awareness and involving the public in helping to further the cause, whatever that cause may be. For AgingCare.com…

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A Closer Look at a National Alzheimer’s Plan Proposal 2012 may be the year the Mayan calendar ends, but 2050 might be the milestone we should really be afraid of. According to William Thies—Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association—that is the year the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic is set to…