Health and Aging

News of Note

  • Legal and financial planning for the AD patient: How the health care team can help
    June 1, 2007
    A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) all too often finds the patient and caregiver unprepared to deal with the important legal and financial decisions that eventually will need to be addressed. Indeed, many people have not taken time to...
  • 100 years ago...
    December 1, 2006
    The year 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of Dr. Alois Alzheimer’s presentation of a case study of a 51-year-old German woman, Auguste D., who had been admitted to a hospital in 1901 with an unusual cluster of symptoms. Those symptoms...
  • Encouraging eating: Advice for at-home dementia caregivers
    December 1, 2006
    Second of two parts Food, eating, and mealtimes are important parts of life. Food gives us life-sustaining nourishment and contributes to good health, eating satisfies our hunger and stimulates our senses, and mealtimes can be important sharing...
  • Promoting successful eating in long-term care: Relationships with residents are key
    July 1, 2006
    First of two parts Anyone who has worked with mid- and late-stage dementia residents in long-term care can describe mealtime challenges they’ve encountered. Refusing to eat, rejecting food, becoming too distracted to eat, not being able to...
  • Spouse's hospitalization increases partner's risk of death, new study of a half-million couples shows
    February 15, 2006
    Most people have heard stories about an older person who "dies of a broken heart" shortly after their partner's death. A new study finds that hospitalization of a spouse for a serious illness also increases their partner's risk of...
  • Exercise associated with reduced risk of dementia in older adults
    January 17, 2006
    Older adults who exercised at least three times a week were much less likely to develop dementia than those who were less active, according to a new study. The study did not demonstrate directly that exercise reduces risk of dementia, but it joins a...
  • Building trust and using technology to reach out to American Indians
    January 1, 2006
    Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADCs) work hard to bring diagnosis, treatment, and education services to the diverse populations they serve, including rural and urban groups, the poor, Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian Americans, American...
  • Earlier AD diagnosis creating demand for early-stage support groups
    July 1, 2005
    Many people are being diagnosed earlier in the course of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) because of improving sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic techniques and increased awareness of the disease. Health care professionals, the Alzheimer’...
  • Innovative website helps seniors take medicines safely
    December 16, 2004
    How can I remember details about all of the medicines the doctor prescribed for me? Does aging affect how the body processes medicines? Are there ways to avoid side effects? What is the “grapefruit juice effect?” Answers to these...
  • Alzheimer's disease and end-of-life issues
    August 1, 2003
    Despite our best research efforts, Alzheimer's disease remains incurable. Researchers are using sophisticated technologies to pinpoint how AD progressively steals memories and destroys personality; and yet, AD remains irreversible. Although one...

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