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    New Research Sheds More Light on Alzheimer’s in Women

    By Sherri Snelling for Next AvenueWomen seem to be dominating the headlines recently, with the triumphant U.S. women’s team World Cup Soccer win and the focus of attention on Capitol Hill’s female legislators. However, one area where women are leading is not a reason for applause: the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the female population.While definite answers remain elusive, a growing body of research — the latest presented this week at the Alzheimer&rs...  Read More...

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    Why the Discovery of ‘LATE’ Dementia Is Important

    By Liz Seegert for Next AvenueWhen is Alzheimer’s disease not Alzheimer’s disease? It’s a riddle that finally has an answer.Researchers recently pinpointed another form of cognitive decline with many of the same hallmarks as Alzheimer’s, but which actually involves different brain processes.This newly discovered dementia may partly explain why some people haven’t been helped by current Alzheimer’s drugs or why some drugs being tested haven’t been as succ...  Read More...

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    Should All People 65+ Get Cognitive Assessments?

    By Edie Grossfield for Next AvenueA special section in the recently released Alzheimer’s Association’s 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report focuses on the role primary care physicians can play in early detection of the disease. The association says all people 65 and older should receive some kind of assessment of their thinking and memory functions and that the primary care setting is the best place to do it. It should be a part of routine exams, said Joanne Pike, ...  Read More...

  • 16-Year-Old Author Writes Story of Love and Dementia

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueThe subtitle for Grandpa and Lucy, a book by 16-year-old author Edie Weinstein, says it all: A Story About Love and Dementia. In this charming picture book, the main character, a young girl named Lucy, employs simple and loving gestures to strengthen the bond she has with her grandfather as signs of his Alzheimer’s disease begin to affect their close relationship.Weinstein, who lives in St. Paul, Minn.  Read More...

  • After Loss, Finding Peace in Art and Nature

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueIllustrator Nancy Carlson vividly remembers the spring day in 2007 when she simultaneously felt like “the happiest person in the world” while at the same time experiencing an odd sensation that everything was about to change.“My husband Barry was outside blowing leaves, my daughter was in the kitchen and one of my sons was playing his guitar upstairs,” said Carlson. “I looked out the window at Barry, and something started to nag at...  Read More...