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Friday, September 30

What Mom & I Did Together Through Dementia

TED VIDEO:

Artist Tony Luciani was testing out a new camera when his 91-year-old mother with dementia, Elia, snuck into the background of his photos. The spontaneous images that resulted sparked a years-long collaboration, with Luciani documenting his mom's life and spirit. They journeyed together brilliantly, despite memory and cognitive loss. In this touching talk, he shares the stories behind some of their favorite shots, capturing the joy and grief of caring for an aging parent.

Singer Jay Allen Says Music 'Woke Up' Mom with Alzheimer's

MUSIC VIDEO:

Country singer Jay Allen, a contestant on NBC's The Voice, says music helped "wake up" his mom, who had early onset Alzheimer's. Watch now.

Thursday, September 29

Superstars Share Alzheimer's Stories

VIDEO:

From Springsteen to Paisley and Kathy Mattea, musicians share personal experiences of seeing family members fight Alzheimer's.

What is Epigenomics? How Does It Affect Alzheimer's?

Epigenomics enables us to nurture what our genes do through the way we live. Find out how MIT researchers are mastering epigenomics to beat Alzheimer's.

Wednesday, September 28

For First Time in 35 Years, Pianist with Dementia Forms New Band

VIDEO:

A 93-year-old jazz pianist suffering from dementia and depression was given a new lease of life when his care home discovered his talent.

Felodipine, FDA-Approved for Blood Pressure, Shows Promise in Dementia

OFF-LABEL: An approved prescription drug for high blood pressure is showing promise against Parkinson's, Huntington's and other forms of dementia, in experimental studies in the lab.

Tuesday, September 27

Mushrooms And Memory

VIDEO + ARTICLE:

Ergothioneine (ET) from mushrooms has been associated with brain health for years. In a six-year study, seniors consuming 300 grams of mushrooms weekly had 50% less risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI, often referred to as pre-dementia). Get the facts about this correlation.

Can a Herpes Treatment Cut Alzheimer's in Half?

Most people are infected by Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV1) by the time they reach old age. New evidence shows that on top of cold sores, it can also cause Alzheimer's -- and that the antiviral drugs which fight it drastically reduce risk of dementia. Learn how this raises the tantalizing prospect of a simple, effective, preventive Alzheimer's treatment.

Monday, September 26

M.I.T. Lab Restores Missing Memories in Alzheimer's

NEWS VIDEO + ARTICLE:
In Alzheimer’s, patients are often unable to remember recent experiences. An M.I.T. study with mice suggests those memories are still stored in the brain — they just can’t be easily accessed. This raises the potential to reverse some memory loss in early-stage Alzheimer’s. Learn how.

Can De-prescribing Brain Drugs Reduce Dementia?

Anticholinergic drugs have been consistently linked to cognitive impairment. Scientists seek de-prescribing trials to test anticholinergic drugs as reversible risk factors for dementia. Can de-prescribing these medicines help us fight dementia?

Sunday, September 25

Exploring Lewy Body Dementia

A doctor looking at a slide with Lewy Bodies.
LEWY BODY VIDEO + ARTICLE:

Doctors often mistake Lewy Body dementia for Alzheimer's. It is essential to diagnose Lewy Body dementia correctly, as it requires different medications and unique caregiving techniques. Join the experts as they explore this common type of dementia.

Aphasia in Dementia: Word Jumbles

Jumble of words
Aphasia affects a person's ability to communicate. It affects language functions, such as speaking, understanding what others say, and naming common objects. Learn its causes, types and a few tips.