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Long-term care is becoming primarily about dementia, report states

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The number of people with long-term care needs is set to triple by 2050, and dementia care will be increasingly at the forefront for providers, according to a new report from Alzheimer's Disease International.

Getting older, but better

Getting older, but better

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A friend who has spent a lifetime studying Alzheimer's disease once offered this double-edged advice: If you can make it all the way to age 90, there's a good chance you'll avoid the disease.

Early diabetes signs often missed in those with Alzheimer's, researcher says

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A Georgetown University neurologist "was shocked" to find 48% of his study enrollees showed signs of undiagnosed prediabetes and diabetes.

British health official: Cure for dementia could come by 2020

British health official: Cure for dementia could come by 2020

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Advances in genetics and pharmaceuticals could lead to a cure for dementia by 2020, according to United Kingdom Secretary of Health Jeremy Hunt.

Drugs trigger Alzheimer's?

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Certain common medications can trigger or slow Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers.

Common medications trigger Alzheimer's, researchers find

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Certain widely prescribed medications can trigger or slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease, according to recently published research.

Anticholinergics impair seniors: report

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Cognitive impairment can result when older adults are taking or given medications with strong anticholinergic effects, a new study has found.

Beyond memory care

Beyond memory care

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There has been a trend of late to refer to specialized care of individuals with dementia as "memory care." I understand the need for a quick, catchy title for a new product or service line in long-term care, but I worry about the message this one may send and the mindset it might create in management, families and employees. Here's why.

Clarifying designs

Clarifying designs

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The housing and care of Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients has been on a roll. The recent progression of designs and elements has led to improvements for residents and the staff who care for them.

Researchers make 'stunning' Alzheimer's breakthrough, return affected neurons to normal state

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A major breakthrough in Alzheimer's research could lead to new and more effective ways of treating the disease, according to a recently released study in the Journal of Neuroscience.

FDA draft guidelines suggest route to approval for early-stage Alzheimer's drugs

FDA draft guidelines suggest route to approval for early-stage Alzheimer's drugs

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The Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance Thursday on clinical trials for early-stage Alzheimer's drugs.

Alzheimer's breakthrough: Vaccine may be on its way, researchers say

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Researchers say they've made a major breakthrough in the effort to develop an Alzheimer's disease vaccine.

Alzheimer's trials losing numbers game, study says

A new study has determined people with Alzheimer's disease are less likely to participate in clinical trials without a spouse caregiver.

Study: Inhalable nasal spray slows cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients

Insulin nasal spray could delay the decline of cognitive function in those with Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment, according to a new study.

Will music improve MDS 3.0 scores?

Will music improve MDS 3.0 scores?

Using iPods to reconnect long-term care residents with their favorite music is a simple intervention with great upside potential and no side effects. They're an inexpensive tool that can have a positive impact on resident quality of life, which, in turn, should be reflected in an important subset of MDS 3.0 scores.

Researchers question end-of-life practices at nursing homes

Researchers question end-of-life practices at nursing homes

Kidney dialysis treatments near the end of life might do more harm than good and aggressive care for individuals with advanced dementia may be well-intentioned but misdirected efforts, results from a pair of new studies suggest.

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