Loneliness and Alzheimer’s Disease

Angie Szumlinski News

Loneliness has been linked to Alzheimer’s pathology and cognitive function among older adults, but little research has looked at loneliness as a dementia risk factor for younger people. In a study conducted at the Boston School of Medicine, being persistently lonely during midlife (ages 45-64) appears to make people more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) later in …

Artificial Intelligence – Alzheimer’s

Angie Szumlinski Studies

New treatments for Alzheimer’s disease are desperately needed, but numerous clinical trials of investigational drugs have failed to generate promising options. A team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has developed an artificial intelligence-based method to screen currently available medications as possible treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. The method could represent a rapid and inexpensive way to …

Alzheimer’s and Mitochondria

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

While most Alzheimer’s detection and prevention research focuses on the aggregation of tau tangles and amyloid-beta proteins in the brain, some novel approaches are finding success elsewhere. A research team led by Eugenia Trushina, recently received the Alzheimer’s Drug Discover Foundation-Harrington Scholar Award to fund their research into mitochondrial restoration, a novel approach with surprising results in preventing Alzheimer’s decline. …

Hope for Alzheimer’s

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Eli Lilly announced that an investigational agent targeting beta-amyloid, Donanemab, appeared to slow decline in patients with early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The drug showed significant slowing versus placebo on a composite measure of cognition and daily function in the phase II TRAILBLAZER-ALZ study. The medication met the primary endpoint of change from baseline to 76 weeks in the Integrated …

Cognitive Screening

Angie Szumlinski Health

There are a number of cognitive screening assessments that are used to assist in diagnosing early Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. These are quick screens and consist of tasks such as listing objects, recalling items that were provided at the beginning of the assessment, naming the current President, etc. Although there are inconsistencies in outcomes with these types of assessments as …

Blood Test – Alzheimer’s Diagnosis?

Angie Szumlinski Health

A number of research projects are underway to develop a sensitive blood test that could help screen people for Alzheimer’s disease in a less invasive and costly way than current imaging and biomarker tests. NIA-supported researchers at Washington University in St. Louis reported an advance in Neurology for their method of detecting amyloid protein in the blood. The researchers are …

Predicting Future Alzheimer’s Diagnoses – New Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

New research is showing 70% accuracy in predicting Alzheimer’s Disease in cognitively “normal” individuals’ years before cognitive decline begins. This was tested using a simple language test with the hope that eventually these results will be utilized to develop and implement diagnostic tests using a simple, inexpensive speech probe. The technology will assist in identifying those at a higher risk …

Old and young person picking beans

Nothing Replaces Mom and Chicken Soup

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Ask yourself, do you get comfort from familiar surroundings, close family and friends or home cooking? How about folding towels and sorting yarn? It sounds like a silly question, however, if you look at the activity programming we provide in many memory care units, we might be missing the mark. In a recent study published in the Journal of Aging …

Frailty and falls in the elderly

Alzheimer’s – Antipsychotics – Brain Injury

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

As caregivers, we are all aware that residents with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease are at higher risk for falls and head injuries. What we didn’t know until recently is that current trends in treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease with antipsychotic medications may actually be increasing these risks. The results of a recent study published in the Journal of …