Stories tagged: dementia
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018
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.
Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 11:39 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Nov. 21, 2017
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 …
Mon., Sept. 4, 2017
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 …
Sat., July 22, 2017
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. …
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 3:34 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 9:34 a.m.
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.
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017
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.
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 8:37 a.m.
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.
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016
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 …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 6:37 p.m.
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.
Sat., Oct. 29, 2016
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 …
Sun., Aug. 28, 2016, 7 p.m.
Helping the caregivers: Training, consulting available to families of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia
Early onset Alzheimer’s, dementia companion caregivers
Thu., June 30, 2016, 8:48 p.m.
Seniors go fishing for faded memories
A familiar scene connected Helen Day to a distant memory. But the memory faded quickly.
Tue., June 28, 2016
People’s Pharmacy: What can you do for under-breast rash?
People’s Pharmacy column for Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Thu., June 2, 2016, 1:06 p.m.
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 …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 12:25 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Nov. 23, 2015, 7 p.m.
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 …
Thu., June 11, 2015
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 …
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
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 …
Mon., Feb. 24, 2014
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 …
Mon., Feb. 24, 2014
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 …
Wed., Feb. 19, 2014
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 …
Tue., Dec. 24, 2013, 6:37 a.m.
UPDATE: Missing man found safe
A 70-year-old man who suffers from dementia has been missing from a retirement community in north Spokane since Thursday afternoon.
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
Laser eases walking for Parkinson’s sufferers
Everyone knows walking is good exercise, but it has another benefit: a daily 20-minute walk can also cut the risk of dementia by 40 percent, studies show. Taking those findings …
Mon., Oct. 14, 2013
Wanderers with dementia pose challenges to families, agencies
Eleanor Alexander never deviated from her night-time routine. She’d eat a light dinner, let her dog Spot out, let him back in, double-lock the screen door. And then, she and …
Mon., July 29, 2013
Bolstering your brain against dementia
The following unsigned editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on July 19: For years, the news about Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illness has been unrelentingly grim. We don’t know many …
Mon., July 22, 2013
Washington not ready to handle Alzheimer’s increase
In the first decade of this century, the number of elderly Washington residents living with Alzheimer’s disease increased by one-third. That number is expected to balloon by a third again …