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 …