Alzheimer’s disease

More Proof That an Active Brain Slows Dementia

Posted on 07/9/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA  new study adds to the growing evidence that the best way to stay mentally sharp into your 80s and beyond is to keep your brain busy with reading, writing and learning new things. Researchers found that being “cognitively active” both early and later in life was tied to better performance on memory tests among people in their 80s, Reuters reported. Even when brain autopsies were done on study participants who passed away, researchers found those who kept mentally busy …

Is Your Waistline a Stem Cell Warehouse?

Posted on 06/10/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you’ve ever so much as considered liposuction, it’s probably because you want to look more buff. (That is, unless you’re Miami avant-garde performance artist Orestes De La Paz, who made some of his adipose tissue into soap.) Now there may be an additional reason to have excess fat surgically suctioned from your body: The unsightly stuff turns out to be a rich source of stem cells. Someday doctors might be able to use the cells to repair your heart, …

Thanks, Internet, for the Memories

Posted on 05/23/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyAge UK, a British organization that strives to help older people get more out of digital technology, is hoping to win financial support from Google’s Global Impact Challenge for what could be a revolutionary idea. It wants to help thousands of people in Great Britain reminisce about their past via the Internet, as a way of teaching them about the value of being online and how it can improve their lives and decrease feelings of isolation. And although the project isn’t …

My Interview With NPR About Alzheimer’s and My Dad

Posted on 05/20/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI recently spoke about my Dad with NPR’s Jacki Lyden for their Weekend All Things Considered story on Alzheimer’s disease. I told her it was a bittersweet experience for me. I started listening to the show as a young child with Dad, and there I was, 40 years later, at the NPR studio, talking about him and the ways that Alzheimer’s disease  is slowly robbing his brain. The first few notes of the show’s theme song immediately summon warm, secure “all …

Ashley Campbell: Alzheimer’s Is Stealing My Father’s Memories

Posted on 04/25/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt had all the makings of a doleful country song – a heartbroken young woman watching her father’s memories slip away from Alzheimer’s Disease. Ashley Campbell told her story to the Senate Special Committee on Aging on April 24. Beside her sat her father, country music legend Glenn Campbell, who no longer tours because of the disease. They were there to press for a plan by the Alzheimer’s Association to find effective treatments by 2025. Ashley Campbell spoke of memories …

News Flash: Multiple Chronic Conditions Are a Common Event

Posted on 04/19/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

Caregiving  Medical researchers are beginning to recognize what anyone who’s cared for an older loved one learns in the first or second doctor’s appointment: older folks often deal with multiple chronic conditions.  This can make medical care very complicated. This news flash has been deduced by scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after analyzing data from the first large-scale survey of residential care facilities — think assisted living centers and board-and-care homes that serve individuals …