From the second the door swings open and your elderly parent wraps you in a warm hug, through the festive holiday meal and every timeless family tradition, possibilities abound for not just quality time together, but also to assess how your loved one is truly doing and if any warning flags are noticed.Read More
Very early on, we learn the storyline of George Washington’s mishap with the cherry tree and his bold admittance to his parents, “I cannot tell a lie; I chopped down the cherry tree!” Truthfulness is integrated within our character, and in many cases telling a small white lie can wrack us with guilt.Read More
Looking at the holidays through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can look far from merry and bright. Family caregivers might be stressed with care duties, and the interruption to routine can cause more distress for a senior struggling with the impact of dementia.
However, with a little creative thinking and modification of expectations,Read More
It is improbable – a nice, elderly, sometimes confused grandma with dementia being handcuffed and placed under arrest. Even so, that very scene is happening at an astonishing rate among the elderly, over 100,000 of them, based on the latest stats – an increase of almost 30% in the past decade.Read More
Tossing and turning, overthinking and worrying are all too common in older adults who struggle with falling – and staying – asleep. Other than feeling a bit foggy the next morning, however, and feeling the need for an afternoon nap to catch up on lost sleep, the repercussions have seemed minimal.Read More
If you’ve spent any length of time with a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you know firsthand how frustrating and tragic the loss of memory can be. Experiences that impacted a lifetime gradually slip away into oblivion. And it’s been widely accepted that once these memories are gone, they’re gone for good.Read More
An astounding leap in neurological scientific research is in progress, courtesy of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the form of the creation of “mini-brains” comprised of human brain cells. Although microscopic – about the size of a housefly’s eye – the impact for research is poised to be astronomical.Read More
The race to end Alzheimer’s disease has taken a new and exciting direction, in light of the National Institutes of Health’s recent announcement that the experimental drug BPN14770 is poised to begin a clinical human trial. With less potential side effects than its precursor, rolipram,Read More
“Go away, you thief,” Margaret screamed when her son knocked on the door of her room. “You stole my money.” He opened the door and entered. “Get away!” she screamed again. She was sitting in her easy chair. A cup of coffee was on the table next to her. She grabbed it and threw it at him.Read More
UCSF’S Prusiner receives President’s National Medal of Science
Stanley B. Prusiner, MD
UCSF Nobel laureate Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, UCSF professor of neurology and director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, today (Oct. 15, 2010) was named to receive the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for science and technology.