News of Note
Necessity: The mother of invention
March 1, 2008
Necessity, it has been said, is the mother of invention. Ken Nixon and his two brothers have demonstrated the truth of that adage, in their case inventing an innovative way to help meet the daily needs of their mother who had Alzheimer’s...
SardiNIA Project steps up global research in genetics, aging
March 1, 2008
In a 10-year, NIA-funded collaboration, U.S. and Italian investigators are conducting genetic research on the scenic Mediterranean island of Sardinia. One autumn day in 1995, Giuseppe Pilia, M.D., Ph.D.*, then a post-doctoral fellow in the...
Scientists suggest new pathway causing cell death in dementia
September 26, 2007
Scientists have discovered a link between a mutated gene and a protein found in dead brain cells of people who suffer from a form of dementia and other neurological disorders. The finding, reported in the Sept. 26, 2007, issue of the Journal of...
Findings from memory research continue to fascinate
September 1, 2007
Your own name. What you were doing when you heard that President Kennedy had been shot or that we had landed on the moon. How to play the piano. The birth of your first child. Some things are indelibly imprinted in your mind. You can instantly...
Legal and financial planning for the AD patient: How the health care team can help
June 1, 2007
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) all too often finds the patient and caregiver unprepared to deal with the important legal and financial decisions that eventually will need to be addressed. Indeed, many people have not taken time to...
Encouraging eating: Advice for at-home dementia caregivers
December 1, 2006
Second of two parts Food, eating, and mealtimes are important parts of life. Food gives us life-sustaining nourishment and contributes to good health, eating satisfies our hunger and stimulates our senses, and mealtimes can be important sharing...
100 years ago...
December 1, 2006
The year 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of Dr. Alois Alzheimer’s presentation of a case study of a 51-year-old German woman, Auguste D., who had been admitted to a hospital in 1901 with an unusual cluster of symptoms. Those symptoms...
Promoting successful eating in long-term care: Relationships with residents are key
July 1, 2006
First of two parts Anyone who has worked with mid- and late-stage dementia residents in long-term care can describe mealtime challenges they’ve encountered. Refusing to eat, rejecting food, becoming too distracted to eat, not being able to...
Spouse's hospitalization increases partner's risk of death, new study of a half-million couples shows
February 15, 2006
Most people have heard stories about an older person who "dies of a broken heart" shortly after their partner's death. A new study finds that hospitalization of a spouse for a serious illness also increases their partner's risk of...
Exercise associated with reduced risk of dementia in older adults
January 17, 2006
Older adults who exercised at least three times a week were much less likely to develop dementia than those who were less active, according to a new study. The study did not demonstrate directly that exercise reduces risk of dementia, but it joins a...