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NEWSAlzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia are receiving increased attention in the media. From scientific breakthroughs in treatments to legal (and even political), we'll get you the latest news in this section of the resource center.
Preventing dementia: new research by VCH and UBC shows the trajectory of cognitive decline can be altered in seniors at risk for dementia - April 24, 2012A new study by researchers at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia shows that implementing a seniors’ exercise program, specifically one using resistance training, can alter the trajectory of decline. Perhaps most importantly, the exercise program improved the executive cognitive process of selective attention and conflict resolution functions, as well as associative memory, which are robust predictors for conversion from mild cognitive impairment to dementia. Read More
Cognitive Decline Tied to Brain’s Insulin Resistance - March 26, 2012A new study suggests insulin resistance in the brain can be an important factor for cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s. Read More
New Criteria May Change Alzheimer’s Diagnosis - February 12, 2012New diagnostic criteria would reclassify nearly all cases of very mild Alzheimer's dementia as mild cognitive impairment. Why that may not be a good idea. Read More
Alzheimer's Research to Get Big U.S. funding boost - February 8, 2012The Obama administration announced plans Tuesday to dramatically boost funding for research into Alzheimer's disease. Read More
Stem Cell Tech May Aid Alzheimer’s Research - January 25, 2012Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a technology using stem cells to more accurately model what goes wrong in diseased brain cells of Alzheimer’s sufferers. Their findings will be published in this week’s issue of the journal Nature. Read More
Keeping brain sharp, active may ward off Alzheimer's - January 24, 2012Brain cells affected by Alzheimer's have been created artificially for the first time, providing an invaluable new research tool for scientists. Read More
National Institute on Aging's Latest Alzheimer’s Research Progress Report Released2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: A Deeper Understanding highlights important developments and directions in NIH-funded research, including: risk for developing Alzheimer’s; genes that play a role in the disease; neuroimaging and biomarkers that detect and track the disease; research into new treatments; lifestyle factors that may worsen or protect against the disease; and help for caregivers. Special features include animation showing the progression of Alzheimer’s in the brain and video interviews highlighting new insights into the disease. Read More
MEDICALFrom the medical definition of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease to articles on the latest treatment options for memory loss, the medical section of this resource center aims to clarify some of the misunderstandings that surround disease that result in memory loss.
National Institute on AgingThe National Institute of Health is the nation’s medical research agency—supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health. Its department called the National Institute on Aging has a very thorough discussion of Alzheimer's Disease. Read More
The Alzheimer's AssociationAlzheimer's Association's website has a number of resources, including a definition of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. It covers the disgnosis of Alzheimer's, the stages of the disease, as well as its treatment. Their interactive "brain tour" is instructive on the structures of the brain. Read More
FINANCIAL MATTERSThe cost of providing care for a person with dementia can be considerable. Some early planning can significantly reduce the financial stress. We've included a special section here on Medicare coverage.
Alzheimer's AssociationThe Alzheimer's Association's website has a number of documents and articles on financial resources available to families caring for a member with Alzheimer's. Read More
Money Matters (28 pages)
Taxes and Alzheimer's Disease (26 pages)
Medicare CoverageAgain, the Alzheimer's Association's website has some of the best coverage of changes to medicare coverage for Alzheimer's care. Medicare covers some, but not all, of the services a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia may require. Read More
Medicare and the New Health Law – What it Means for You
Medicare: An Outline of Benefits (4 pages)
LEGAL MATTERSMore than the common legal issues that should be addressed as one ages, legal matters with a person with Alzheimer's are complicated by the question of legal capacity. As with financial planning, thoughtful early provisions pay off well when it comes to making plans for health care and long-term care coverage.
Alzheimer's AssociationThe Alzheimer's Association's website has a number of documents and articles on legal issues that families caring for a member with Alzheimer's may face. Read More
Legal Plans (16 pages)
CAREGIVER RESOURCESBeing a caregiver is demanding, both physically and emotionally. While you are caring for someone, it is important to take good care of your own health, and not ignore your needs while you care for someone else. In this section of the resources center, you'll discover ways you can get the support you need.
U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesU.S. Department of Health and Human Services website has a definition of "caregivers" as well as a wealth of resources. Read More