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New Grants Aim To Bring Alzheimer's Research Closer To Patients

By Megan Ray  |  January 27, 2015

As the sixth-leading cause of death among older adults in the U.S., and with no cure currently on the horizon, Alzheimer's disease and dementia are two ailments that researchers have been tackling for years.  Medical scientists have devoted resources, time and effort to exploring new and effective ways of dealing with the cognitive ailment, from devising more effective drug treatments to refining early detection methods. 

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7 Ways To Raise Alzheimer's Awareness

By Tim Watt  |  January 23, 2015

Many adults are affected by Alzheimer's disease all over the world, and Canada is no exception. The Alzheimer's Association noted that internationally, 44 million people currently have dementia, which is more than the entire population of Canada. Since January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month in Canada, it's important that everyone gets involved. Consider these activities that help raise awareness in your town or retirement community

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Sunrise Sponsors “I’ll Be Me” Film Screening

By Sunrise Senior Living  |  January 22, 2015

On Jan. 15, Sunrise Senior Living proudly sponsored a private film screening of “I’ll Be Me” in Washington, DC, at the Motion Picture Association of America. The documentary highlights award-winning musician Glen Campbell’s inspiring journey as he and his family experience the emotional battle with Alzheimer’s. Glen Campbell is a prominent figure in entertainment known for his incredible success in the country music industry, as well as appearances hosting television shows and staring in movies. The documentary captures his “good bye tour” after going public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2011.

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Could Sleep Disturbances Help Identify Alzheimer's Disease?

By Tim Watt  |  January 20, 2015

Alzheimer's disease presents a serious senior health concern. In fact, the Alzheimer's Association reported that it's the sixth leading cause of death among older adults in the U.S., with some 5 million living with the condition. One factor that makes Alzheimer's so serious is the fact that it can be very difficult to detect before cognitive symptoms begin to manifest. Because there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, being able to detect the disease as early as possible may be critical for managing its symptoms effectively. Unfortunately, prior to a recent study, early detection has proven difficult.

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Advice on Approaching Senior Living: When Siblings Disagree

By Stephanie Sanderoff, Sunrise Senior Resource Counselor  |  January 16, 2015

Without a doubt one of the hardest parts of finding the perfect senior living fit for a parent is ensuring everyone in the family agrees that it is the best choice for mom or dad. As a senior resource counselor for Sunrise Senior Living, I help adult children navigate their way through the world of independent and assisted living and unfortunately one of the many road blocks is when siblings disagree. There are a number of reasons why this might happen: denial about care needs, guilt about mom or dad having to leave their home and, unfortunately, the concerns around depleting of “their” inheritance. While we certainly can’t magically solve all disagreements between siblings, here are a few tips to try if you have a family member that is resisting mom or dad’s big move:

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New Studies Uncover Potential Causes, Treatments Of Alzheimer's Disease

By Tim Watt  |  January 15, 2015

Research into Alzheimer's disease continues to be a major focus for much of the medical research community. The Alzheimer's foundation reported that around $480 million is spent on research into the disease every year. Unfortunately, the resiliency and progressiveness of Alzheimer's has proven difficult for medical science to crack. With studies exploring everything from causes to prevention to treatment of the disease, there still remains little in the way of effective treatment, and no cure has yet been discovered. This has motivated researchers to branch out and explore other options, and recent studies may be instrumental in advancing the cause of Alzheimer's care.

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Study May Have Uncovered Potential New Treatment For Dementia

By Megan Ray  |  January 9, 2015

Alzheimer's disease and dementia remain significant senior health issues, in large part because treatment options are so limited. However, a recent study from St. George's University of London in the U.K. may have uncovered a potential new treatment for cognitive impairment stemming from a previously unrelated drug used to treat erectile dysfunction in men. The new medication may provide an additional path for researchers to explore in developing treatments for vascular dementia.

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Treating Memory Issues: What Works And What Doesn't?

By Megan Ray  |  January 7, 2015

Memory loss and cognitive difficulty remain some of the largest health issues seniors face. Because of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, not to mention the effects of the natural aging process on memory, a healthy amount of research continues to be done into memory preservation. While there are a handful of medications that can help treat symptoms of memory loss, caregivers may also benefit from knowing what other treatment options are available for seniors.

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