SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A northern Utah sheriff's office is floating a unique and unproven idea for keeping seniors with Alzheimer's disease and dementia safe: Give them ankle monitors normally used on criminals on house arrest or parole. There are no shortage of private health care companies and law... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - 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 disease. And it's not easy. Holes are drilled into the patient's skull so tiny wires can be implanted into... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is declaring Alzheimer's one of the country's biggest health challenges. It's adopting a national strategy that sets the clock ticking toward better treatments by 2025 -- while offering help for suffering families today. A new website will provide families with information about dementia and... more »
The risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's or Dementia increases by 10 percent for people over the age of 65 and by 50 percent for those over age 85. Millions of baby boomers are turning 65 this year and projections are that more than 20 million Americans will be diagnosed... more »
In the last week, two elderly men in Colorado Springs wandered off from their families and became lost. At least one of the men suffered from dementia. Thankfully both were eventually found, but it points to the concerns of families with loved ones who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or... more »
A third of Americans are estimated to carry a genetic variant that experts say makes them more vulnerable to obesity and Alzheimer's disease.
UCLA researchers studied brain scans of more than 200 elderly adults, and found reduced brain volume in carriers of the genetic variant.
The gene that... more »
John J. O'Connor III, the husband of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, has died. The court said the 79-year-old O'Connor died Wednesday in Phoenix, Ariz., of complications arising from Alzheimer's disease. John O'Connor, himself a lawyer, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's nearly two decades ago. His condition deteriorated markedly... more »
A new study suggests retired National Football League players may have a high rate of Alzheimer's disease or other memory problems. The telephone survey asked if the retirees had ever been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other memory-related disease. Nearly 2 percent of the former players ages 30 to... more »