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’Carol Burnett Show’ comedian Tim Conway reportedly suffering from dementia, daughter and wife fight over medical care

Tim Conway, the iconic comedian known best for his role on “The Carol Burnett Show,” is reportedly in the middle of an ugly battle between his wife and his daughter …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

Hopes rise again for a drug to slow Alzheimer’s disease

Hopes are rising again for a drug to alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease after decades of failures. An experimental therapy slowed mental decline by 30 percent in patients who …


A home away from home for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s

PULLMAN, Wash. – As her disease worsened, Kristin Prieur’s mother, who suffers from dementia, spent her days socializing at Circles of Caring, an adult day health program in Pullman. “She’d …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 3:10 p.m.

David Cassidy says he never had dementia, was still drinking

A new documentary quotes David Cassidy as saying he was still drinking in the last years of his life and he did not have dementia.


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

UW research links brain injuries with dementia

People with even a single concussion are more likely to develop dementia than people with no history of brain injuries, according to a University of Washington study


Mood Music: Lifting spirits of dementia patients

While music is known for its mood-lifting qualities, rising evidence shows profound responses when favorite tunes are played for dementia patients.


Alabama death row inmate with dementia gets stay of execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of an Alabama inmate whose attorneys argue that dementia has left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades …


Mayo clinic Q&A: Lifelong strategies for preventing dementia

Research suggests that the value of cognitively stimulating activities builds up over a lifetime. That means acquiring a good education; working in a job that is mentally stimulating; and engaging …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Dementia is down but docs don’t know why

The most recent data from the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine publication shows that despite the increase in obesity and the explosion of diabetes in the United …


Outside view: New studies provide clues to onset of dementia

The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. While researchers haven’t yet found a way to prevent or cure dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, they’re making progress on how to catch …


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

Death rates from Alzheimer’s climbed 55 percent from 1999 to 2014, CDC found, and the number of Americans afflicted is likely to rise rapidly in the coming years. About 5.5 …


UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

Study links diet soda to higher risk of stroke, dementia

Americans trying to stay healthy have abandoned sugary drinks for diet drinks in droves over the past few decades on the theory that the latter is better than the former. …


David Cassidy fighting memory loss, wants to ‘enjoy life’

The 66-year-old actor-singer tells People magazine his family has a history of dementia and he had sensed “this was coming.” He says for now he wants to stay focused and …


Dementia joins ranks of top global killers with no drug in sight

Dementia has unseated AIDS as one of the world’s top killers, new figures from the World Health Organization show, as drugmakers struggle to either curb or cure it.


The latest in memory care? Minnesota creatives use art to connect with dementia patients

Something happened when Brant Kingman handed his mother a colored pencil.


Police fatally shoot unarmed 73-year-old California man, who family said suffered from dementia

Police in Bakersfield, California, shot and killed an unarmed 73-year-old man whose family claimed was suffering from dementia.


A power of attorney for health care document can help ease end of life

Simply telling the doctor to stop does not absolve them of their responsibility to treat the patient. And some juries may just find that not doing everything possible to prolong …


Dementia rate declines, but aging America may halt the trend

New research documents another decline in dementia rates, but experts say the rising numbers of older Americans may halt that trend unless better ways are found to keep brains healthy.


Facing fiscal reality when dementia strikes

Dementia can manifest itself in unpaid bills, giving away money needed for living expenses to charities or to the phone and Internet scams or other poor financial decisions. Dementia can …


Helping the caregivers: Training, consulting available to families of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia

Early onset Alzheimer’s, dementia companion caregivers


Seniors go fishing for faded memories

A familiar scene connected Helen Day to a distant memory. But the memory faded quickly.


People’s Pharmacy: What can you do for under-breast rash?

People’s Pharmacy column for Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Treating hearing loss shouldn’t be a pricey hassle, panel says

Treating hearing loss shouldn’t be such a pricey hassle. That’s the message from a prestigious government advisory group that’s calling on Medicare and other agencies to find ways to make …


Horses comfort people with early onset dementia, their caregivers

By grooming, walking and petting the animals, patients with early-onset dementia and their caregivers learned to tune into the horses’ evolving moods and needs. They also learned the intrinsic value …


Using sight and sound to trigger dementia patients’ memories

The old-fashioned rooms are in the dementia wing of the elder-care facility and serve an important function. They’re intended to make residents feel at home, help them retrieve memories and …


New Washington law will allow Silver Alerts for missing seniors

OLYMPIA – The state will use its highway reader signs and radio advisory stations to notify motorists and their passengers about missing seniors who have wandered away from home and …


Documentary a testament to power of music

Think of them as Lazarus moments. One by one, we are introduced to a series of elderly people with serious dementia. People who’ve barely said a word in years, who …


Alzheimer’s is just one among dozens of brain-wasting diseases

Working with a small staff on a tight budget, the Inland Northwest chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is trying to spread the word about brain diseases that afflict a rapidly …


Bennett House adult day center opens in Coeur d’Alene

Bob Nordby can play cribbage and tell stories for hours on end. And that’s exactly what he gets to do each day at The Bennett House, a new daytime care …


Shawn Vestal: Binding arbitration unhelpful in elder care dispute

When Karen Fritz retired from a career at Rosauers Supermarkets nine years ago, she began taking care of her aging mother. Soon, it became apparent her mom, Alice Newton, could …