Monthly Archives: March 2015


by Ann Hedreen

Imagine: your doctor knows you have cancer, but chooses not to tell you or your family. Unthinkable, isn’t it? And yet consider this: fewer than half of all seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers are actually told of the diagnosis.

Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Facts & Figures Report

In its new 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, the Alzheimer’s Association explored how healthcare providers disclose an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. 45 percent of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis. In contrast, more than 90 percent of people with the four most common cancers (breast, colorectal, lung and prostate […]

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s: #1

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids. This can affect important daily tasks such as oral hygiene and mouth care. Learn how to reduce rejection of mouth care at Discovery 2015.

The Unexpected Face of Alzheimer’s

By Becca Verda Mikaela Louie is an Alzheimer’s advocate, but she’s not the face of the disease that many people expect. As a young professional and advocate, she has shocked legislators with her story. Mikaela was 22-years-old when her mother, Irene Japha, was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Irene was 57 and had been a practicing physician for […]

Relationship between TBI and dementia

 By Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, MD, PhD Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been one of the most common maladies in human history.1  Recent quantitative studies from burial sites of prehistoric modern humans2;3 indicate that approximately one-third of our ancestors experienced cranial trauma sufficient to result in a skull fracture.   This high rate of TBI in prehistoric humans makes […]

Lori’s 12th Man Team: The Sister Part II

Her acquaintances were surprised when a former Vice President at Microsoft took a job as the Onsite Technology Specialist at a memory loss care facility in Seattle. Those closest to her were grateful for Lori Moore’s new job.

Spring Into Healthy Habits

This March brings us Daylight Savings Time, St. Patrick’s Day, and the start of Spring. So it seems like there’s no better time to start fresh (or continue on) with three habits proven to keep your heart (and brain) healthy. These practices not only can help people with memory loss or dementia, but have been shown to help reduce the risk of dementia. It’s not just luck!