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2012-05-09 23:01:09

A new program is bringing hope to family caregivers who are struggling to help senior loved ones with the challenging behaviors of Alzheimer´s disease remain home longer. The Alzheimer´s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Training Program, developed by the Home Instead Senior Care® network, removes some of the fear and confusion associated with those diseases. The no-cost program bolsters in-home care by providing an innovative...

2012-04-11 14:44:45

Computer modeling supports theory that many dementias spread like prion diseases A new technique for analyzing brain images offers the possibility of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the rate of progression and physical path of many degenerative brain diseases, report scientists at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. The technique, developed by SFVAMC scientists in collaboration with a team led by Bruce Miller, MD,...

2012-03-23 05:42:35

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- Why do we see distinct patterns of brain damage linked to diseases such as Alzheimer's? Questions like this baffled researchers for years. Until recently models for predicting regional neurodegeneration in humans has remained a mystery. Having an answer to this information is useful because it can predict memory decline in patients and help find solutions to treat their needs. Variations of dementias involve specific parts of the brain, and previous theories state...

2012-03-21 15:26:00

Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia may spread within nerve networks in the brain by moving directly between connected neurons, instead of in other ways proposed by scientists, such as by propagating in all directions, according to researchers who report the finding in the March 22 edition of the journal Neuron. Led by neurologist and MacArthur Foundation "genius award" recipient William Seeley, MD, from the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, and post-doctoral fellow Helen Juan...

2012-03-21 15:18:36

Two breakthrough studies may explain why we see distinct patterns of brain damage associated with dementias, such as Alzheimer's disease, and could be useful for predicting future cognitive decline in patients. These independent studies published by Cell Press in the March 22 issue of the journal Neuron, one studying how brain circuits wire up structurally and the other studying their functional connections, converged on a remarkably similar model that predicted the landscape of degeneration...

2012-03-07 23:01:00

Report Also Finds an Estimated 1 out of 7 People with Alzheimer's Live Alone CHICAGO, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to 2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, released today by the Alzheimer's Association, caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the United States an estimated $200 billion in 2012. This includes $140 billion paid by Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare payments for an older person with Alzheimer's and other...

2011-04-06 19:39:00

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the leading voluntary health organization advocating for Alzheimer's care, support and research, the Alzheimer's Association® applauds the introduction of the "Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act," (S. 738/H.R. 1386), which seeks to improve detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and provide access to information and support for newly diagnosed individuals and...

2010-11-04 15:26:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued final regulations for implementation of an important provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which will include for the first time an annual wellness benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries beginning January 2011. This Medicare preventive service benefit is significant for the growing number of baby boomers who will soon be reaching the age of Medicare...

2010-03-08 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to the Alzheimer's Association's® 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, African-Americans are about two times more likely and Hispanics are about one and one-half times more likely than their white counterparts to have Alzheimer's and other dementias. Although whites make up the great majority of the more than five million people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, African-Americans and Hispanics are at...

2009-09-01 11:15:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- If the favorite senior in your life is beginning to worry about memory loss and dementias such as Alzheimer's disease, the 'Give Thanks for Loved Ones' Brain Health Contest sponsored by Dakim, Inc. and AlzheimersWeekly.com offers a chance to allay those fears. To coincide with both Thanksgiving and Alzheimer's Awareness Month, five individuals 65 or older will be selected to receive a $2,500 Dakim BrainFitness System free of charge including a...