Dementia in the News


Literacy Might Shield the Brain from Dementia

Scientific American
November 13, 2019
An ability to read and write, even with little or no schooling, could offer protection.

What are the early signs of dementia?

Medical News Today
February 21, 2019
Dementia is a term that describes a variety of symptoms affecting a person's cognitive functioning, including their ability to think, remember, and reason. It tends to get worse over time, so there are a few key early warning signs.

Lost sleep ups Alzheimer's protein levels

January 28, 2019
On follow-up studies in the mice, the research team showed that sleeplessness accelerates the spread through the brain of toxic clumps of tau—a harbinger of brain damage and decisive step along the path to dementia. Poor sleep has long been linked with Alzheimer’s disease, but researchers have understood little about how sleep disruptions drive the disease until now.

Better mouse model built to enable precision-medicine research for Alzheimer's

Science Daily
December 27, 2018
Incorporating genetic diversity into a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease resulted in greater overlap with the genetic, molecular and clinical features of this pervasive human disease, according to a new study.

Alzheimer's vaccine draws closer

Medical News Today
November 21, 2018
Building on decades of research, a new paper brings us one step closer to a vaccine that targets the neurological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. Prevention may soon be possible. Many scientists are on the hunt for a vaccine, including Dr. Roger Rosenberg, founding director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX.

Setting goals to be more active slows memory decline in older African Americans

Cognitive Health
November 15, 2018
Older African Americans with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who got help setting goals to be more socially, physically, or cognitively active had slower memory decline than those who did not receive such help, concludes an NIA-funded study published Sept. 10 in JAMA Neurology. The results point to a possible way to reduce dementia risk in African Americans, who are more likely than whites to develop the condition.

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Office of the Governor
October 30, 2018
WHEREAS, while there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are services for persons affected as well as for family and friends through the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska, adult day programs, family caregiver support programs, and other service providers.

New Company Puts Robots in Seniors Homes

As It Is
July, 2018
Hollie is one of SenCura’s professional caregivers. She visits 88-year-old Olga Robertson’s home every day for three hours. Robertson says she likes having Hollie’s help. “Well, she cooks for me and she does a good job. She takes me to appointments and things like that and whatever I want to do. Sometimes, we go to walk in the mall if it’s cold out in the winter time.” But when Hollie is not around, Robertson still has a caregiver -- a robot named Rudy.

Sex and Gender in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Need for Better Understanding

Everyday Health
June, 2018
Here on Earth, there are important differences between the sexes when it comes to their risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and, ultimately, how the disease manifests itself in terms of symptoms and impact on daily living.

New mechanism by which Alzheimer's disease spreads through the brain discovered

Science Daily
June, 2018
The waste-disposal system in a cell can spread harmful protein aggregates between neurons in the brain in Alzheimer's disease. The spread can be reduced in experiments in cultivated cells. The discovery may help the development of new diagnostic methods, and may eventually lead to new drugs that can stop or reduce the progression of disease.

New report reveals current state of caregiving for Alzheimer's disease

Medical Life Sciences
May, 2018
Nearly two-thirds of caregivers whose loved ones suffer from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's or related dementia say they would take medication to delay the onset of their own memory loss by even six months, if it were affordable and free of side effects. Sixty-four percent say they've already made healthy lifestyle modifications in an effort to prevent their own memory loss, making meaningful edits to their diet and exercise. However, only one-third of caregivers say they have been tested for the Alzheimer's gene. These, and other, findings were revealed in a new report from Healthline Media, the fastest growing health information brand, reaching 39 million monthly users in the United States

Blood test detects proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease

Vital Signs
February, 2018
(CNN)A team of scientists from Australia and Japan has developed a blood test to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease. The noninvasive test was developed to detect the presence of the toxic protein amyloid beta, known to be present in people affected by the disease, and did so with 90% accuracy, according to the study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The team trialed the test on 121 patients from Japan and 252 from Australia with varying levels of health, ranging from healthy to mild cognitive impairments or Alzheimer's disease. The idea behind the test is to predict the presence and levels of amyloid beta in a person's brain. Buildup of the abnormal protein in the brain is one sign of Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia.

Governor Walker Declares November Alzheimer's Awareness Month

October, 2017
Anchorage, AK - Governor Walker declares November 2017:
WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a progressive and degenerative brain illness which affects a person’s ability to think, feel, and function, and is often ultimately fatal;


Senate Subcommittee Approves 2018 Funding Bill Increasing NIH Budget

Sep 06, 2017
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A US Senate subcommittee today approved a fiscal 2018 funding bill that includes a $2 billion increase to the annual budget of the National Institutes of Health.
The $164.1 billion bill from the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee specifically allocates $36.1 billion to the NIH for the coming fiscal year. Of that total, $1.8 billion is earmarked for Alzheimer's disease research — a $414 million increase over fiscal 2017 — and $400 million is set aside for the agency's BRAIN Initiative — a $140 million increase over the previous fiscal year.


Almost Half of All Older People in Care Homes are Depressed, Think Condition is a Normal Part of Ageing

By Kate McCann, and Steven Swinford for the Telegraph UK
Feb 15, 2017
England, UK— "Almost half of all older people in care homes are depressed and most think that the condition is now a "normal part of ageing", a landmark NHS report has warned.
Four in 10 people in nursing homes are depressed while one in five older people who live in their own homes suffer from the condition, with rates among older women even higher.

Helping Hand

Alaska Pioneer Homes Start New Apprenticeship Program

Press Release from Alaska Department of Labor
May 23, 2017
JUNEAU, Alaska— Alaska Pioneer Homes are starting a new registered apprenticeship program for its employees who provide long-term care. The apprenticeship features in-depth training in dementia care and other long-term care specialties. This training program represents a partnership between the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Alaska Pioneer Homes; Alaska State Employees Association; Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship.

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Addresses Senate Aging Committee

Press Release from Alzheimer's Foundation of America
April 7, 2017
New York City, NY - "The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a nonprofit organization that unites more than 2,400 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families, issued the following statement at yesterday’s Senate Special Committee on Aging’s hearing on Alzheimer’s disease.

Colorado Providers Threaten to Cut Services Due to Medicaid Reimbursement Issues

By Jennifer Brown The Denver Post
March 29, 2017
Denver, CO - Ongoing problems with Colorado’s new Medicaid system to reimburse hospitals, doctors and caregivers for people with developmental disabilities are threatening small businesses across the state as they grapple with little to no income for nearly a month.

MS Rep. Steve Hollands Announces Retirement Due to Dementia Diagnosis

By Geoff Pender The Clarion-Ledger
March 24, 2017
Jackson, MS - An emotional Rep. Steve Holland on Friday addressed the House, telling his colleagues he has been diagnosed with dementia and plans to retire at the end of this term, after "36 years of consecutive, engaged service."