Alzheimer’s/Dementia

Holiday traditions: One-on-one with…Denise Scruggs

Make the holidays the most wonderful time of the year by using time-honored traditions and faith-based celebrations to engage residents with dementia. Read More »

Alzheimer’s diagnosis: Would you want to know?

A British survey shows that most people feel the knowledge of the diagnosis would be valuable even if the disease has no cure. Read More »

U of MN develops retinal camera to detect Alzheimer’s earlier

The high-tech retinal imaging captures clues to early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and could speed medication development. Read More »

Remember or forget? The complex role of scent in memory

Scent-associated memories are among the strongest and most lasting, but how does the brain decide which memories to keep and which to discard over time? Read More »

Simulating the sounds of dementia

An Australian team has created a simulation to mimic how people with dementia hear, and it could affect the way memory care centers are designed. Read More »

Benzos may impact Alzheimer’s lifespan

Benzodiazepines, prescribed to lessen insomnia and anxiety, may be associated with an earlier death in those with Alzheimer’s disease. Read More »

2017 OPTIMA Award: The power of No

The winner of the 2017 OPTIMA Award for Excellence in Memory Care has slashed its use of antipsychotics to just 3 percent by retraining its staff and implementing a strict “just say no” policy. Read More »

Refusing to be spoon-fed

A Washington state agency has drafted guidelines for people with dementia who don’t want to receive oral foods or fluids.  Read More »

Bill Gates invests $100M toward Alzheimer’s treatments

Gates is investing his own fortune toward dementia research and startups exploring new treatments. Read More »

Healthcare isn’t ready for Alzheimer’s treatments, study finds

Administering dementia treatments may be more difficult than developing them, according to a RAND report on healthcare infrastructure.  Read More »

Personalized doors help residents with dementia to find their way

Door decals are giving a Canadian memory care facility a new look and helping residents with wayfinding and navigation. Read More »

AARP Foundation sues to stop nursing home evictions

The organization is taking up its first court case on behalf of a woman with Alzheimer’s who was discharged from her nursing home without warning. Read More »

Shopping for good

 A Virginia resale boutique pledged $125k toward a memory care retrofit at an area senior living facility. Read More »

Senate passes bill to help locate people with Alzheimer’s

Kevin and Avonte’s Law would renew and expand resources for family members, first responders to find missing loved ones who wander, including those with dementia.  Read More »

LTC associations urge Congress to keep the medical expenses tax deduction

The tax deduction for medical expenses is on the chopping block in the Trump Administration’s new tax reform bill, an elimination that could seriously hurt all seniors, especially those with dementia. Read More »

Dementia rises to No. 1 killer in Britain

Advocacy groups say the government’s £132 million funding for Alzheimer’s research needs to be doubled for at least the next five years. Read More »

Dining with dysphagia

Japan’s food industry is rethinking meal time with the rising number of seniors and deaths related to choking.  Read More »

A new approach for treating Parkinson’s psychosis

Recent findings offer more support for primavanserin, an antipsychotic that works more effectively than other widely-used drugs—and without the damaging side effects.  Read More »

High glucose levels and Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have found a connection between how the brain breaks down glucose and onset of Alzheimer’s disease.  Read More »

Wilder, Alzheimer’s Association call for imagination to end disease

A bold new campaign shows how dementia can cause creativity to disappear and leads to confusion. Read More »

Memory care residents comfort victims of Hurricane Harvey

Residents with dementia made toys for children in Texas who were affected by the hurricane.  Read More »

LifeAssist joins trial for medication management, care coordination

The company's technology has been selected to participate in a Canadian project to study medication compliance and care coordination in home-based and long-term care patients. Read More »

Wisconsin considers dementia legislation

Four Republican Assembly members have drafted bills to provide support for those with dementia and their families.  Read More »

An integrated approach to memory care

Heritage Senior Living has developed a person-centered approach for memory care that is supported by physical surroundings. Read More »

Hypertension in the female 40s: A big risk-booster for dementia

Increased risk factors for dementia can begin earlier in life than you think, especially for hypertensive women. Read More »

Alzheimer’s disease and tetanus

Researchers from the UK have promising findings that a vaccine derived from a cucumber virus could be a preventive treatment for Alzheimer's disease.  Read More »

Post-traumatic stress, sleep and dementia

The connection between trauma and dementia is gaining in attention, but some researchers say sleep also is a crucial factor in how the brain deals with cellular degeneration. Read More »

ASA, senior care sites join Gillette’s pilot of ‘assisted shaving’ razor

Care sites in the United States and the United Kingdom will test the razor, billed as the world’s first razor designed for shaving someone else. Read More »

Oh, baby! Doll therapy gets real

Artists create life-like dolls to awaken nurturing instincts in residents who participate in doll therapy. Read More »

Creature comforts

Robotic pets are putting a high-tech spin on the calming power of cuddles--and senior care providers are buying. Read More »