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New test for Alzheimer's

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A new blood test reveals with 90% accuracy which people will develop Alzheimer's disease or mild dementia within three years, according to study results in Nature Medicine.

Many families will spend modestly for dementia care, a minority face financial ruin, expert tells senators

Many families will spend modestly for dementia care, a minority face financial ruin, expert tells senators

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Devastating out-of-pocket costs for long-term dementia care are likely to hit a relatively small proportion of families in the coming years, but many families will experience minor costs, an expert told a Senate committee Wednesday.

Having family members at meals does not improve nursing home residents' food intake, study shows

Having family members at meals does not improve nursing home residents' food intake, study shows

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Nursing home residents do not eat much more when their family members are present at mealtimes, even though caregivers provide more assistance, according to recently published study results.

Antidepressant Celexa could be an alternative to antipsychotic medication for Alzheimer's, study suggests

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An antidepressant drug could help relieve agitation symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, reducing reliance on antipsychotic medications, according to recently published study results.

Food for the aging soul

Food for the aging soul

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's requires ingenuity in the kitchen.

Top 5 news stories reveal varied interests among long-term care professionals

Top 5 news stories reveal varied interests among long-term care professionals

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What do neck abnormalities, dangerous bacteria, a murder-suicide, a defensive nursing home chain, and antipsychotic guidelines have in common? These five developments were voted the most popular news stories appearing on the McKnight's website during 2013.

Big predictor for Alzheimer's

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Researchers have found a way to predict with 90% accuracy which mild cognitive impairment sufferers would develop Alzheimer's disease within two years.

Four ways for assisted living operators to facilitate transitions

Four ways for assisted living operators to facilitate transitions

My wife, Clare, has Alzheimer's disease and recently entered the "Reflections" unit for residents with dementia in an assisted living facility. Clare's transition from home to ALF was about as good as I could have hoped for. However, there are four steps that our ALF could have taken to make this transition much easier for both of us.

Researchers note later start to dementia onset

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Education, better prevention and the treatment of high blood pressure may be delaying seniors' signs of dementia and Alzheimer's, according to studies reported on in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers find link between Alzheimer's and diabetes

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Researchers say they are getting closer to proving that Alzheimer's disease and Type 2 diabetes might be one illness.

Vascular neck abnormality may contribute to Alzheimer's

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An international study has discovered a vascular issue that may contribute to Alzheimer's disease and other aging-related neurological disorders.

Drugs reduce dementia risk

Drugs reduce dementia risk

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Seniors who take certain blood pressure medications might be at a dramatically reduced risk for developing dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to findings in Neurology.

Meditation a tool against Alzheimer's, study finds

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Meditation and yoga could become weapons in the fight against the advancement of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease in residents with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) according to new research.

Routine assessment predicts when Alzheimer's patients will need nursing home care, researchers report

Routine assessment predicts when Alzheimer's patients will need nursing home care, researchers report

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Clinicians can use a new assessment to determine when an Alzheimer's patient is likely to need nursing home care, according to researchers based at Columbia University Medical Center.

PET scans for Alzheimer's rejected for Medicare pay

PET scans for Alzheimer's rejected for Medicare pay

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Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services released an action plan for tackling Alzheimer's diagnostics, treatment and funding.

Caution needed with cognitive enhancers

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Cognitive enhancers, such as donepezil or rivastigmine, do not improve function in those who have mild cognitive impairment over the long term, new research reveals.

60 seconds with ... author Deborah Shouse

60 seconds with ... author Deborah Shouse

Q: How did the book, which chronicles your mother's Alzheimer's disease, come to be? A: I started journaling and writing down what happened every time we were together. [I asked] what is good about this situation and where are the gifts and blessings? How can I stay connected with my mom through this journey?

Rules of engagement

Rules of engagement

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Personalized programming is a hallmark of effective, enriching dementia care; providing what's needed becomes easier by knowing habits and preferences.

Younger residents, Alzheimer's patients more common at small assisted living communities, analysis finds

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Residents of small assisted living communities are more likely to be younger than 65 and have a developmental disability or mental illness than those in a large community, according to newly published research.

Spare us the false hope about Alzheimer's

Spare us the false hope about Alzheimer's

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Here we go again: This week saw the release of yet another breathless study claiming the cure for Alzheimer's disease is getting closer — maybe.

Largest-ever Alzheimer's study unlocks new knowledge about the disease's genetic roots, researchers say

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The largest-ever international study of Alzheimer's disease has significantly expanded the scientific community's understanding of the disease's genetic underpinnings, according to a report in Nature Genetics.

Aging experts in Dallas, Washington broadcast the same message: Chronic disease is not inevitable with age

Aging experts in Dallas, Washington broadcast the same message: Chronic disease is not inevitable with age

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There was synergy between Dallas and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Prominent speakers at the LeadingAge conference in Dallas addressed what it means to age well and how people's understanding of aging is evolving — and their message happened to coincide with what experts said the same day at a Senate roundtable.

FDA approves second brain imaging drug for Alzheimer's patients

Vizamyl, a radioactive diagnostic drug, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday. The drug, also known as flutemetamol F 18 injection, is used with positron emission tomography imaging for adults being evaluation for Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Common blood pressure drugs cut the risk of Alzheimer's dementia by 50%, researchers find

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Seniors who take certain blood pressure medications might be at a dramatically reduced risk for developing dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to findings published in the journal Neurology.

Poor medication adherence set to trigger a tide of nursing home admissions: report

Poor medication adherence set to trigger a tide of nursing home admissions: report

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Nearly 100 million Americans are not taking medications as prescribed, leading to unnecessary deaths, hospitalizations and nursing home admissions. This is creating an impending care crisis as the population ages, according to a new report from the National Council on Patient Information and Education.

'Landmark' discovery brings a pill for Alzheimer's closer to reality, researchers say

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The discovery of a compound that stops diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in their tracks is a "landmark" step toward a pill to treat these conditions, according to researchers in the United Kingdom.

Pain management difficult for stoic residents, those with dementia, study finds

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Effective pain management in long-term care is hampered by residents' attitudes and caregivers' misinterpretation of behaviors, according to newly published research in the journal Nursing Older People.

Researchers: Better hygiene leads to higher risk of Alzheimer's

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Better hygiene in developed countries correlates with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's, researchers have discovered.

Alzheimer's drug discoveries and clinical development to be focal point of conference

The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation will host its annual fall conference on Sept. 9-10 in Jersey City, NJ. The conference will bring together experts and scientists to present current drug discoveries and clinical development programs, pertaining to Alzheimer's.

60 seconds with ... Alzheimer's expert Jason Karlawish, M.D.

60 seconds with ... Alzheimer's expert Jason Karlawish, M.D.

Q: The Alzheimer's Association annual conference took place in mid-July. As an expert in the disease, what did you find the most noteworthy takeaway?

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