Jul 122009
 

Vienna, July 12, 2009 – A doctor’s positive attitude to Alzheimer’s diagnosis and their trusting, personal relationships with local dementia support service providers are powerful enablers for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, according to new research reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna. Current data suggest that less than 35 percent of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias have a diagnosis in their medical record. While there [...]

Jul 122009
 

- Overcoming the Biggest Obstacle to Improving Alzheimer’s Treatments – Vienna, July 12, 2009 – Partnering with local physicians, working with local clinics, and conducting educational seminars and health fairs were found to be the most effective tools in recruiting people for Alzheimer’s clinical studies, according to new research reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna. Surprisingly, patient registries and Internet recruiting were found to be [...]

Jul 122009
 

Vienna, July 12, 2009 – Results from two large studies using DHA, an omega 3 fatty acid, were reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna. One of the trials was conducted by the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) supported by the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the second by Martek Biosciences Corporation. The NIA trial lasted 18 months and was conducted in people with [...]

May 222009
 
Know the 10 Signs

#10 Changes in Mood and Personality “My boyfriend would tell me I was forgetting conversations we had. I was forgetting certain things yet retaining others, so he accused me of “remembering only what I wanted to remember.” He also told me I wasn’t the same person. I wasn’t acting like my “old self.” I often became irritated and aggravated with many things which was unlike my normal personality. With the help of Early Diagnosis and [...]

May 212009
 
Know the 10 Signs

#5 Trouble with Visual or Spatial Relationships “I felt my wife was nagging me about my driving; in my view, there was nothing wrong with it. I agreed to a meeting with my doctor to discuss her complaints. He agreed with her; he told me not to drive. To foil their view and show them how wrong they were, I took a simulated driving test at Sister Kenny Institute in Minneapolis. I failed it miserably. [...]

May 202009
 
Know the 10 Signs

#3 Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks “The first sign for me was forgetting and having trouble at work. I was trusting my brain to be there and denying that something was wrong. The problem with that I was forgetting too many things and I thought it was menopause. I saw my OBGYN and she said that all was well. I then went to my primary care doctor and we did blood tests. Everything came back normal. [...]

May 192009
 
Know the 10 Signs

#2 Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems “One of the first indications that something was awry was missing appointments that were on my schedule. Frequently, I put times down wrong, or failed to follow the time I had down correctly, arriving too early, late or not at all. Now that I am diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I keep two schedules to avoid missing anything. At one time I didn’t keep a schedule. A busy lawyer, I [...]

May 182009
 

Since the release of Still Alice, I’ve had the privilege of talking to a lot of audiences about Alzheimer’s. One of the most common questions people ask me is: “When I can’t find my keys, how do I know if that’s normal forgetting or a symptom of Alzheimer’s?” My quick and dirty answers are usually something like: “Well, when you find your keys, are they on the table or in the refrigerator?” and “We all [...]

May 182009
 
Know the 10 Signs

#1 Memory Changes that disrupt Daily Life. “There was one episode with my memory that scared me a great deal. When I was trying to recall something, in my mind, a large black cloud appeared, covered the answer and it was gone. I was on a bus on my way to visit my daughter when an elderly woman sat next to me. We began to chat as strangers do. During the conversation she asked where [...]

May 182009
 

This week, the Alzheimer’s Association is launching its new Early Detection campaign, “Know the 10 Signs.” We’ve asked our Early Stage Advisors to contribute some of their personal experiences recognizing the signs of Alzheimer’s. These courageous individuals have all endured the arduous process of discovering their disease and have volunteered their energy to the Alzheimer’s Association to advance the most effective step in Alzheimer’s treatment: Early Detection. Every day this week, we’ll be posting real [...]

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