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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Two artists in Brooklyn are living in a giant hamster wheel. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 2. A simple blood test predicts 9 times out of 10 who will develop dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Elephants can tell men from women and friends from foes by listening to their voices. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. Rolling Stone Keith Richards has written a children’s book about his first guitar. (Learn more at AARP) 5. William …

Special Report Explores Caregiving in America

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI have been very public about caregiving for my parents over the past several years, but I know that the majority of the 42 million family caregivers in the U.S. aren’t as vocal as I have been about the challenges we face. Thanks to a recent special report in the Washington Post, this “quiet force caring for an aging America,” as it is described, is getting national media attention. Perhaps our voices will not be so quiet as more Americans become …

New Blood Test Predicts Risk of Alzheimer’s

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayA simple blood test that a researcher calls a “game changer” may be able to accurately predict whether older adults will develop dementia. The experimental test, developed by researchers at six universities, was 90 percent accurate at predicting whether adults age 70 and older would develop either mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s within two to three years. The study was published online Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine. The test measures the levels of 10 lipids, or fats, in the bloodstream. …

Alzheimer’s Disease Kills 6 Times More Than Reported

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayAlzheimer’s disease may cause up to six times more deaths than previously reported, making it the third leading cause of death in the country, just behind heart disease and cancer. The disease kills as many as half a million people each year, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. “We know that a lot more people are passing away from this disease than we recognized before,” said lead author Bryan D. James, an epidemiologist with Rush University …

Alzheimer’s: In More Ways Than One, the Costliest Disease

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAlzheimer’s disease accounts for more U.S. health care spending than any other disease, and that share will skyrocket as the nation’s population ages, experts told members of a Senate health subcommittee on Feb. 26. Research shows that 14.7 percent of Americans 71 and older had dementia in 2010 and that the condition, on average, was associated with $41,685 a year in medical and informal-care costs, said Michael D. Hurd, director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging. Dementia …

Becoming a Better Caregiver With Help From Actors

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingTraining medical students to do a better job by using actors to play patients is not new. But at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, actors are faking dementia and Parkinson’s disease to help family caregivers be more effective — and that’s downright novel. Last month, 16 caregiver spouses gathered at the hospital’s simulation center to boost their communication skills with a loved one. These husbands and wives were dealing with challenging behaviors and wanted help solving real-life issues. In the process, …