dementia

The Anti-Alzheimer’s BOLD Act Isn’t. But It Could Be A Step In The Right Direction

Last week, President Trump signed into law the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, a measure aimed at building a public health model to fight Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The law would authorize up to $100 million over five years to improve public education, support health and social service agencies’ dementia initiatives, and collect and disseminate data about cognitive decline. [...]

By |2019-01-09T11:00:47-04:00January 9th, 2019|dementia|0 Comments

Are We Getting Closer To A Cheap, Simple Alzheimer’s Test? What Would It Mean?

Have you seen the stories about new tests for Alzheimer’s Disease that supposedly are just around the corner? The claims: A simple blood test, an eye test, even a smell test that could show that you are at high risk for Alzheimer’s decades before you develop symptoms. They are promising, scary, and--so far--premature. Sadly, we’ve seen this movie before. Like [...]

By |2017-08-23T07:59:12-04:00August 23rd, 2017|dementia|0 Comments

Getting Real About An Alzheimer’s Cure

For decades, people have been hoping for the magic bullet that will prevent, cure, or even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias. Yet, despite small hints of progress-- and billions of dollars in research--there is no drug, and no app or game, that can successfully treat these diseases. This year, results of these efforts have been decidedly [...]

By |2016-09-07T15:38:20-04:00September 7th, 2016|dementia|0 Comments

Should Drugmakers Be Allowed To Avoid Taxes On Their Profits From An Alzheimer’s Drug?

In one of the worst ideas I’ve heard in a long time, two congressmen have introduced a bill to make profits from the sale of certain anti-Alzheimer’s drugs tax free for seven years.  The measure, sponsored by representatives Patrick Murphy (D-FL) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), may be well-intentioned, but it would provide a multi-billion dollar windfall to pharmaceutical companies. There [...]

By |2016-07-08T12:25:35-04:00July 8th, 2016|dementia|0 Comments

Congress OK’s Big Boost In Alzheimer’s Research But Offers Little To Help Those Who Already Have The Disease

Just before leaving town for the year, Congress passed a budget that increased funding for Alzheimer’s research by 60 percent, but, as usual, provided little new money for programs that help those who have the disease, other frail elders, or their caregivers. Over the past six years, funding for most of these much-needed programs has not even kept up with [...]

By |2015-12-28T15:48:52-04:00December 28th, 2015|dementia, Federal senior services programs|0 Comments

The Challenges Of Caring For A Loved One With Dementia

Family caregivers help loved ones suffering from many illnesses, from heart disease to severe arthritis. But a new study shows that one condition—dementia—places an outsized burden on those family members. They spend more hours, do more difficult work, and provide assistance for more years than family members caring for older adults without memory loss. An article in the journal Health Affairs [...]

By |2015-10-26T09:00:36-04:00October 26th, 2015|dementia, family caregivers|0 Comments

A Provocative New Way To Think About Dementia

Just about everything you think you know about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is wrong. And because the conventional wisdom is so off-track, so are the ways we—both family members and professionals-- respond to those with dementia. That's Dr. G. Allen Power's provocative message. He wants us to stop thinking that people with dementia are victims of a terrible debilitating disease that destroys their memory [...]

By |2014-12-29T10:19:40-04:00December 29th, 2014|dementia|0 Comments

We Are A Long Way From An Alzheimer’s Cure

Two take-aways from the recently concluded Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen: First, after years of research, we still know remarkably little about what causes dementia or how to prevent or delay it. Second, the dementia establishment, including the Alzheimer’s Association and the White House’s National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, is so focused on a cure that it pays [...]

By |2014-07-23T16:44:57-04:00July 23rd, 2014|dementia|0 Comments

How A New Alzheimer’s Test Could Kill Long-Term Care Insurance—Or Make It Cheaper

A team of researchers at Georgetown University and six other medical centers has developed a simple blood test  they say can predict, with 90 percent accuracy, whether an individual will develop Alzheimer’s Disease within 2-3 years.  If it works as advertised, such a test could have a profound impact on the long-term care insurance market. The study results, published in the [...]

By |2014-03-26T16:02:14-04:00March 26th, 2014|Aging, dementia, long-term care financing|0 Comments