Alzheimer's

  In The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge described the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience—what we call neuroplasticity.

His new book, The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity ,shows how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works.

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Note: The audio and text of this story has been updated 5/8/14

When Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo came into office in January of last year, he said he had never heard of “Project Lifesaver.”

NYS Senator's Bill On Alzheimer's Database Advances

Mar 4, 2015
Courtesy of Sue Serino

A New York state freshman senator from the Hudson Valley says her bill to create an Alzheimer’s and dementia database has moved one step forward.

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A new program at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts is meant to engage people with dementia. The program that began today is also designed to serve as an outlet for caregivers.

Albany Medical Center's Alzheimer's Center Director Dr. Earl Zimmerman joins Alan in the studio to discuss Alzheimers, dementia, and other neurological diseases of aging.

We hosted a conference on Alzheimer's disease at the College last week, inviting a distinguished group of physicians, researchers, caregivers, advocates and policymakers to discuss the ethical and legal challenges of diagnosing and treating those with the disease.

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A recent forum in Pittsfield sought to educate and support those caring for loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Joan Fields has been a professional caregiver for the past two years, but has been helping relatives deal with the debilitating diseases for nearly 35 years.

3/6/14 Panel

Mar 6, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ukraine Diplomacy
Clinton - Hitler
SAT Changes
Oscar Pistorius
Alzheimer's Toll
HIV Baby

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

When does a senior moment turn into something more serious? We can be forgetful at any age, and that’s likely to increase as we get older, but when does memory loss become a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Carol Steinberg, the President of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, says five million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to be at least 15-million by 2050.

    Award-winning poet Jeanne Murray Walker tells an extraordinarily wise, witty, and quietly wrenching tale of her mother's long passage into dementia.

This powerful story explores parental love, profound grief, and the unexpected consolation of memory.

Alzheimer's Association

Massachusetts is taking steps to address early detection of Alzheimer’s.

Massachusetts has become the first state to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association in its Early Detection Alliance. This move allows commonwealth employees easy access to caregivers, resources and information on the debilitating disease, through the association’s Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter. Jim Wessler is the chapter President and CEO.

WAMC

  The Patrick administration in Massachusetts is taking steps to address the growing problem of senior dementia. A new program at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke is helping veterans and their families cope with Alzheimer’s disease.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   Bill McGill of Montgomery said he was stressed out a few years ago, when he realized his father..now 90…had been wondering off and might have Alzheimer’s disease. Having  him live at  the state run Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke has brought peace of mind.

In early March, Alzheimer’s Association released its new facts and figures on the extent of the disease and its toll. They report that, in the United States, an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including at least 800,000 who live alone. 

According the report, unless something is done to change the trajectory of the disease, as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s by 2050.