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UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 2:58 p.m.

‘Zombie cells’ buildup in your body may play role in aging

Call them zombie cells – they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Examining Alzheimer’s disease

This leads me to the top question of the day – how to prevent this Alzheimer’s disease.


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 …


Man with Alzheimer’s missing in Wyoming found in Montana

A man with Alzheimer’s disease who left his wife behind and drove off alone in a remote area of Wyoming has been found three days later in Montana.


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.


Pat Summitt’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease continues

Pat Summitt’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease continues, and has even gained momentum since her death.


Researchers’ genetic test predicts your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

New research into the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease offers fresh evidence that the devastating brain disorder may gain a foothold years before dementia sets in, and takes a key …


Seniors go fishing for faded memories

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


Alzheimer’s takes ultimate toll on emotional boundaries

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – It isn’t at all clear the time, or even the day, that Paul and Virginia Wilcox died, seated beside each other in the silver Ford Econoline …


Researchers seeking ‘biomarkers’ that could help prevent Alzheimer’s

Diagnosis day is life-changing for Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families. But Alzheimer’s actually begins years before it’s progressed far enough to produce the symptoms – memory problems, disorientation, trouble …


Electric impulses offer help for people suffering from Parkinson’s

Walter Lindstrom is wired, each of the stopwatch-size devices implanted in his chest connect via leads running up his neck to a set of electrodes in his brain. But the …


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 …


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 …


Elder care, personified

My father, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 1996 at age 77, lived the last year of his life in an Alzheimer’s unit in a Spokane-area nursing home. The facility’s …


Diagnosis devastates families

Keeping track of hundreds of details was all in a day’s work for Amy Shives. For 27 years she served at Spokane Community College as a nursing/allied health counselor. She …


Alzheimer’s helpline sees uptick after holidays

Spokane resident Amy Shives can remember the words to every song from the Broadway musical “Gypsy.” But she does not remember things her husband told her a week ago, or …


As Alzheimer’s takes its toll, country star prepares for farewell tour

Glen Campbell is having a great time. Make no mistake: It is tragic that Alzheimer’s disease is slowly stripping away the memories and abilities that define one of music’s greats.


Longtime Christmas Bureau volunteers look to help others

When the Christmas Bureau opens Thursday, longtime volunteers Carol and Karl Speltz won’t be there. Recipients won’t visit with Karl at the ID table. They won’t see Carol checking that …


Dr. Hideg: Forgetting things not always sign of dementia

Do you ever forget things? A birthday, a meeting, something you were supposed to pick up at the grocery? Sometimes I feel like I can’t remember anything unless I write …


Not all dementia is Alzheimer’s disease

For those people 55 and older, researchers have some grim news: One in six will develop some form of dementia. The dementia could include Alzheimer’s, which impacts nearly half of …


Love amid challenges of Alzheimer’s disease

A former Navy Seal, he earned a master’s degree in education. And nine years ago, at age 63, still trim and fit, he found the love of his life. But …