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Study finds physical activity lessens risk of Alzheimer’s

Physical activity boosts the volume of key parts of the brain used in cognitive functioning, according to new research findings that add to the literature suggesting such exertion is among …


Six simple ways to help keep your brain in shape

If you love crosswords and other word-centric puzzles and games, you’re in luck: Doing them regularly may strengthen memory and concentration, and help keep Alzheimer’s at bay.


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 …


Studies show hope for Alzheimer’s treatments

PITTSBURGH – Alzheimer’s disease is one of the conditions that Americans are most afraid they will get, second only to cancer. Yet at least a generation of focused research has …


Judge OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1B

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has approved a plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits that could cost the league $1 billion over 65 years. The NFL expects …


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 …


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 …


Alzheimer’s death rates outpace other illnesses

The illnesses that killed our parents and grandparents won’t kill as many of us in the future. Deaths from strokes, heart attacks and cancer declined significantly between 2000 and 2010, …


Researchers hope brain pacemakers can slow Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON – It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone’s brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer’s …


Studies offer hope for Alzheimer’s

TRENTON, N.J. – For Alzheimer’s patients and their families, desperate for an effective treatment for the epidemic disease, there’s hope from new studies starting up and insights from recent ones …


Aegis Living CEO puts seniors on pedestal

Dwayne Clark, CEO and founder of Aegis Living, is putting a man cave in his newest assisted living community near downtown Seattle. “It has a Wall Street ticker, and multiple …


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 …


Campbell’s last stand

Glen Campbell wants you to know that he has Alzheimer’s disease. The pop and countrypolitan icon also wants you to know that he’s facing it head-on, and before the degenerative …


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 …


Keeping memories

The Rev. Armand Nigro, a Jesuit priest for more than 50 years, is losing his memories. He’s open about it. Eloquent, in fact.


Inspector highlights psych drug use among elderly

Government inspectors told lawmakers Wednesday that Medicare officials need to do more to stop doctors from prescribing powerful psychiatric drugs to nursing home patients with dementia, an unapproved practice that …


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.


A job with all the trimmings

Everyone knows him as Nick Nickerson, and he was born in Spokane in 1929. That makes him 81 years old, and for 61 of those years he’s been a barber. …


North Side barber retiring after 61-year career

Everyone knows him as Nick Nickerson, and he was born in Spokane in 1929. That makes him 81 years old, and for 61 of those years he’s been a barber. …


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 …


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 …


Alzheimer’s patient found dead

An 80-year-old man who walked away from a Priest River, Idaho, residence early Tuesday was found dead that afternoon.


Art therapy helps Alzheimer’s patients

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Archie flips through the pages of a National Geographic magazine, looking for photos that remind him of favorite faraway places. “Did you travel much when you …


Studies link 3 more genes to Alzheimer’s disease risk

Two European research teams have identified three genes that affect a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia in the elderly. The new genes appear …


Alzheimer’s researchers team up

TRENTON, N.J. – A research institute devoted to Alzheimer’s and related diseases has teamed up with a major maker of diagnostic tests to speed development of what could be the …


Neuropsychology aids early diagnosis

Dear Dr. Gott: I applaud your approach to Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. Blood work and imaging studies are important in making or ruling out certain diagnoses. I take …