Archives for October 2015

Health Care Costs for Dementia Found Greater than for Any Other Disease

(NIH) In the last five years of life, total health care spending for people with dementia was more than a quarter-million dollars per person, some 57 percent greater than costs associated with death from other diseases, including cancer and heart disease. The new analysis, appearing in the Oct. 27, 2015, online issue of the Annals […]

Study Finds Jet Lag-like Sleep Disruptions Spur Alzheimer’s Memory, Learning Loss

(University of California, Irvine) Results suggest greater emphasis on managing slumber habits of people with AD risk. Chemical changes in brain cells caused by disturbances in the body’s day-night cycle may be a key underlying cause of the learning and memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a University of California, Irvine study. The […]

Memory Complaints and Risk of Cognitive Impairment

Neurology. 2015 Oct 28. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002153. [Epub ahead of print] Memory complaints and risk of cognitive impairment after nearly 2 decades among older women. Kaup AR1, Nettiksimmons J2, LeBlanc ES2, Yaffe K2. Abstract Objectives To investigate the association between subjective memory complaints (SMCs) and long-term risk of cognitive impairment in aging because most previous studies […]

Caregivers: Here are 8 Ways to Make the Most Out of Doctor Visits

(AARP.org) What caregivers can do to make sure you’re getting the best care. A medical appointment is too important — and often too quick — to enter unprepared. Whether you are seeing a doctor yourself or accompanying someone you care for, it’s smart to take time beforehand to make your visit as productive as possible. Think ahead […]

Alzheimer’s Support Groups: Make Connections, Get Help

(Mayo Clinic) If you’re facing a major illness or stressful life change, you don’t have to go it alone. A support group can help. Find out how to choose the right one. Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, whether that’s illness, relationship problems or major life changes. Members of support groups often share […]

How Alzheimer’s Disease Can Impair the Senses

(NIA) Alzheimer’s disease can cause changes in a person’s ability to interpret what he or she can see, hear, taste, feel, or smell. The person with Alzheimer’s should be evaluated periodically by a physician for any such changes that may be correctable with glasses, dentures, hearing aids, or other devices. Vision People with Alzheimer’s may experience […]

How to Sleep Well Over 50: Tips for Overcoming Insomnia and Sleeping Better

(HelpGuide.org) As we age we often experience normal changes in our sleeping patterns. We may become sleepy earlier, wake up earlier, or enjoy less deep sleep. Although these changes are a normal part of aging, disturbed sleep, waking up tired every day, and other symptoms of insomnia are not a normal part of aging. Sleep is just […]

Researchers Report First Therapy Appearing to Reverse Decline in Parkinson’s

(Georgetown University Medical Center) An FDA-approved drug for leukemia improved cognition, motor skills and non-motor function in patients with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia in a small clinical trial, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). The drug, nilotinib (known as Tasigna® by Novartis) also led to statistically significant and encouraging changes in […]