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When Alzheimer’s Disrupts a Marriage

Get new insights from a study on marital communication in dementia. When a spouse is cognitively impaired, marital communication is impaired. As Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progresses, language problems increase in frequency – such as searching for the right word, repeating the same word, asking the same question over and over, or substituting one word for […]

Where Alzheimer’s Begins

ROOTS OF ALZHEIMER’S: Columbia University researchers have pinpointed 3 discoveries about Alzheimer’s: Where it starts Why it starts there How it spreads. Learn why this can help researchers treat Alzheimer’s sooner and better. Using high-resolution functional MRI (fMRI) imaging in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and in mouse models of the disease, Columbia University Medical Center […]

Good Relationships Protect Our Brains

HEALTH VIDEO (TED TALKS): What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but Dr. Robert Waldinger can prove you’re mistaken. As Director of a 75-year study of a single group of people, Waldinger has unprecedented access to real data on true […]
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Ronald Reagan’s Alzheimer’s Letter: Still Poignant, Still Relevant

When President Ronald Wilson Reagan’s received his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, he immediately penned this profound letter to America. It led the way in breaking down the stigma and myths surrounding Alzheimer’s. Watch Nancy Reagan describe that moment, 21 years past. It marked the ceasing of his formal, public appearances and the beginning of his long, private […]

Living With the Parents I’m Losing to Alzheimer’s

As told to PAULA SPAN – MARCH 4, 2016 –NY Times |  In 2010, Elizabeth Wolf, then 30, was living in Vermont, working for a nonprofit and happily exploring new pursuits, from raising chickens to contra dancing. But after several disturbing phone calls from and about her parents, Louis and Nancy Brood, she moved back […]

Brain Scans Show Alzheimer’s Emerging

Tracy Staedter | For the first time since Alzheimer’s disease reared its ugly head, scientists have found a potential tool for early diagnosis. Positron emission tomography, or PET, scanners can be used to track the progressive stages of the disease, even in adults who show no symptoms, report scientists at the University of California, Berkeley. […]