2013 World Alzheimer Report Released

More than 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s, with the number projected to double by 2030 and triple to 115 million by 2050.That’s why experts from around the globe are working together for better Alzheimer’s care and support for families. Their collective effort is evident in a report released today by Alzheimer’s Disease International, a group  of 79 Alzheimer’s associations. The annual report makes policy recommendations. Here are the highlights: Countries must develop National Dementia Plans to structure and fund …

Are Heavy Metals Evildoers in Alzheimer’s Disease?

Does Alzheimer’s confuse you? You’re not alone. In fact, one of the great mysteries of modern science is the question of what actually causes Alzheimer’s disease. For several years a group of Alzheimer’s disease researchers have believed that metals such as iron and copper play a role. Now a new study supports that theory. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that copper may trigger the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Rashid Deane, Ph.D., lead author of the study, …

Yummy News! Cocoa May Help Keep Brain Healthy

When the press release hit email in-boxes, health editors across the country – including yours truly – were certainly dancing a jig. “Chocolate May Help Keep Brain Healthy,” said the release headline. “Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help older people keep their brains healthy and their thinking skills sharp.” Obviously, fantastic news. The study, published in the respected journal Neurology, comes from the hallowed halls of Harvard. So it was with something close to glee that …

Sex, Alzheimer’s and Boomers: Trouble for Nursing Homes

Romance – for many, it’s one of life’s great pleasures. But for those living in a nursing home sex can get a bit more complicated. Having Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia calls into question whether the individuals involved have the ability to give legal consent. Nursing homes regularly struggle to make that call, and this problem will only grow worse as the number of older Americans grows as the the boomer generation joins their ranks. Related: Sex and …

Can Flossing Protect You From Alzheimer’s?

All those times the dentist nagged you to floss more? Maybe this will convince you to try harder. A new British study suggests that the bacteria from gum disease contributes to Alzheimer’s disease. First, some caveats: It was a small study – just 10 brain samples from people who died of Alzheimer’s, compared with 10 samples from people who died from other causes not dementia-related. Related: Blood Pressure Meds May Be Boosting Brain Power Also, the study, published in May …

Sex and Dementia: What Are Our Rights When We’re Not Ourselves Any More?

A recent Bloomberg article recapped an incident in a nursing home in which an employee walked in on two elderly residents, both diagnosed with dementia, having intercourse. The man was in his late 70s, the woman in her late 80s. The employee, a nurse, called for help and separated the two, but not without the woman clawing and screaming at them. It’s a delicate subject and the zone is completely gray. The incident led to the male patient being removed …