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Brain cell death mechanism for stroke, Alzheimer’s identified

“Different triggers spark stroke, injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases, but the molecular chain of events responsible for brain cell death in these conditions are the same. Johns Hopkins researchers have isolated the single protein at the end of the chain that delivers the fatal blow and hacks up a cell’s DNA.” Read more of this article here

Women’s better verbal skills may mask early Alzheimer’s

“Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in women may be more difficult than in men because older women tend to retain better verbal memory, according to new research.” Read more of this article here

Alzheimer’s Disease, A Humanitarian Crisis That Leaves Patients Needing Asylum

“Depth of dusk, a husband and wife tend to the day’s quotidian kitchen chores. He tries to help, but, of late, the house where he’s lived with her for some 50 or more years has become an uncomfortable space. He sets down the plate he’s struggling to put away, and she is, for a moment, relieved, but then she’s not Read the Rest…

Assisted Living Providers Prepare for Rise in Dementia

“Alzheimer’s Disease Expected to Double According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the frequency of Alzheimer’s disease is expected to double by mid-century. Currently, someone is diagnosed with the disease every 66 seconds. By 2050, someone will receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis once every 33 seconds.” Read more of this article here

When Pretend Play Is Real For Alzheimer’s Patients

“BEVERLY HILLS — Sitting beside a neatly made crib, 88-year-old Vivian Guzofsky held up a baby doll dressed in puppy dog pajamas. “Hello gorgeous,” she said, laughing. “You’re so cute.” Guzofsky, who has Alzheimer’s disease, lives on a secure memory floor of a home for seniors. Nearly every day, she visits the dolls in the home’s pretend nursery.” Read more of Read the Rest…

Doll Therapy May Help Calm People With Dementia, But It Has Critics

“Sitting beside a neatly made crib, 88-year-old Vivian Guzofsky holds up a baby doll dressed in puppy dog pajamas. “Hello gorgeous,” she says, laughing. “You’re so cute.” Guzofsky, who has Alzheimer’s disease, lives on a secure memory floor at a home for seniors in Beverly Hills, Calif.” Read more of this article here

TimeOut@UCLA – 2016 Programs of Distinction Designee

“TimeOut@UCLA trains and mobilizes undergraduate students to interact and provide companionship to elders with early-stage Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia while providing respite for family caregivers.” Read more of this article here

What People With Dementia Can Teach Us About the Arts

“When we talk about Artful Aging at Next Avenue, we aren’t talking about therapeutic arts. We’re talking about how actively engaging in the arts — producing creative work — helps healthy older adults age better.” Read more of this article here

Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Can Mean Steep Costs for Family Caregivers

“As the world marks Alzheimer’s Day on Wednesday, a new survey shows just how costly the disease can be for family caregivers.” Read more of this article here

Care home dementia study finds failure to reduce antipsychotic prescribing

“There has been no sustained reduction in the prescription of antipsychotics to UK dementia patients, despite government guidance, according to a report published in the medical journal BMJ Open. ” Read more of this article here

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UPCOMING EVENT – Devon Oaks

Medicare health and drug plans change every year! Are you keeping up? Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, and it’s your time to review your coverage. Counselors from the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will be here on Dec. 1 to help you review your insurance and answer any questions about your Medicare coverage. Schedule an Read the Rest…

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SAIDO Learning in the New York Times

“Programs like SAIDO Learning, which was developed in Japan to address working memory in the prefrontal cortex through handwriting, math and reading out loud, offer other benefits and may help slow memory loss and other normal symptoms of aging.” Read more in this New York Times article.

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