Diagnosing Alzheimer’s with an Eye Exam

By |November 19, 2013|Categories: Breaking News, Psychology, Retirement Planning|Tags: , , , |

There have been a number of different methods to diagnose Alzheimer’s suggested in the past several months. Photo therapy, blood sugar levels, and even sniffing peanut butter have all been floated as potential dementia detection tools.

A new idea detailed at the Society for Neuroscience conference last week, though, provides one of the simplest and most accessible methods of detecting Alzheimer’s disease.

Retinal Thinning

Researchers at Georgetown University found that mice with Alzheimer’s experienced a loss of thickness of the retina.

The study has not yet been published, but scientists discussed their findings at the recent conference in San Diego. In the mice with[…]

Exercising the Body Works the Mind, Too

By |November 12, 2013|Categories: Psychology, Retirement Planning|Tags: , , , |

The thought of Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia is frightening to nearly every one. Those who have seen family members or loved ones live through a dementia diagnosis often look to ramp up prevention methods.

Brain Training

Crossword puzzles and Sudoku are two of the most common tools people use to stimulate their brain in an attempt to ward off dementia. A new study suggests that if you are concerned about keeping your brain sharp, your time may be better invested in physical exercise.

While brain training and mental exercises have been shown to help improve cognitive health and curb memory loss, it[…]

National Alzheimer’s Plan Updated to Include Assisted Living in Long Term Care

By |July 2, 2013|Categories: Breaking News, Government, Psychology, Retirement Planning|Tags: , , , |

The Department of Health and Human Services recently made adjustments to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. These adjustments are part of an effort to understand the importance of caregiving for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients within assisted living facilities and similar care settings.

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In the initial text of the plan, assisted living facilities were not included in the list of care settings. The recent update addresses this type of facility as a separate long term care setting and details a new[…]

New Alzheimer’s Research Pinpoints Disease Trigger

By |May 22, 2013|Categories: Breaking News, Psychology, Retirement Planning|Tags: , , , |

Alzheimer’s research studies are widespread, but very few have led to any major breakthroughs in recent years.

Cambridge Study Identifies Catalyst

Researchers at Cambridge University published a study on Monday that was able to identify the process that turns healthy cells into abnormal cells, the catalyst that causes the onset of Alzheimer’s. These findings bring scientists a step closer to finding prevention or treatment solutions for the disease.

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Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and has recently passed cancer and heart disease as the most[…]

Alzheimer’s Patient Receives First Ever Brain Pacemaker

By |May 8, 2013|Categories: Government, Psychology, Retirement Planning|Tags: , , , , |

The first ever brain pacemaker was recently implanted in a woman suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

Kathy Sanford was the first of 10 patients with mild or early stage Alzheimer’s to take part in a new study. The study’s intent is to determine whether a brain pacemaker can improve cognitive and behavioral functions in those affected by cognitive illnesses like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

How Does a Brain Pacemaker Work?

The FDA-approved study that began in October 2012 is being conducted by doctors and researchers at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and is scheduled to end in 2015. 

A Long Term Care Insurance Policy is Good Value-for-money

By |January 4, 2013|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , , |

As the country rises out of the worst financial climate in more than a generation, many Americans are looking for ways to ensure that the future is more financially secure than the past, especially when it comes to retirement planning.  A generation of baby boomers are entering retirement en masse and are facing the harsh reality of long-term care.  Previous generations could count on their children or other family members to care for them were they lucky enough to live a long life.  Today’s modern, mobile workforce and lifestyle, combined with the rising cost of long-term care services, mean that[…]