Recent research on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is beginning to get lots of attention from mainstream media. Here’s a roundup of items over the past month that caught the attention of Dr. Tracy Tomac, Ecumen's consulting psychiatrist.
A new German study suggests that memory lapses associated with aging may not lead to dementia for a majority of people. Only about 20 percent of those in the study who had “senior moments” developed Alzheimer’s or other serious brain-related disorders. HealthDay reports on the study, which also shows that over time 42 percent of participants with mild cognitive impairment actually returned to normal mental functioning.
If you’re not already a caregiver to a loved one, chances are high you will be one day. The constellation of issues you are, or will be, facing are daunting. And even if you’re never in this role, the looming crisis is sure to have major societal effects that will impact everyone.
Actor-Comedian Seth Rogen had a personal experience with Alzheimer's that changed his thinking and focused his attention on educating others. When his mother-in-law was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, he saw the "ugly truth" about the disease and created "Hilarity for Charity" to educate younger people and mobilize support for finding a cure. In this testimony before a Senate Committee, Rogen tells his story with passion, conviction and humor.
A newly patented program lets caregivers experience firsthand what it’s like to have dementia. Watch how this Virtual Dementia Tour quickly builds empathy by vividly simulating the deep sense of confusion associated with dementia. ABC News reporter Cynthia MacFadden tells about the “12 minutes that changed by life.”
The annual “Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference” will be held March 1, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Saint Paul River Center to inform and support people with dementia along with their family and friends and professional caregivers.
Three years ago, Bobby Vee started forgetting the lyrics to the hit songs he had performed thousands of times since the height of his career in the 1960s. Alzheimer’s was stealing his memory. But not his spirit.
Deciding he was going to live every day to the fullest doing what he loved, Bobby and his family found comfort in music as they jammed together. An album of Bobby’s favorites evolved, and it has just been released.
As Super Bowl Week builds with excitement, Dallas Cowboys legend Rayfield Wright goes about his life in a fog of dementia. He played in five Super Bowls, helped win two, and even 35 years after retirement is still considered one of the best offensive linemen who ever played the game. But now he is broke— physically, mentally and financially.
Henry, an advanced Alzheimer’s patient who barely speaks, literally comes to life in this video clip dramatically documenting how music can bring back memories and engagement. The clip is excerpted from “Alive Inside,” a documentary film that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s uplifting, touching and hopeful.