BOSTON — We follow up on our recent Alzheimer’s series by examining the expected dramatic increase in the number of patient cases, and what preparation and planning is being done.
BOSTON — Your thoughts on our Alzheimer’s series, “Fade To Darkness.”
BOSTON — Most of the 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for at home and almost 15 million Americans provide this unpaid care. The intense, round-the-clock care takes an economic, medical and emotional toll on Alzheimer’s caregivers.
BROCKTON, Mass. — There aren’t a lot of people like @maryagneskelley on Twitter. In the past few weeks, she has sent out tweets ranging from: “I love you!!!! Where am I?” to “Hallucinating~*.” Mary is 82 years old, lives in a nursing facility, and has Alzheimer’s disease.
BOSTON — A bill pending in the Legislature would create a new state office to help coordinate, and direct people to, Alzheimer’s resources.
In conjunction with our special week-long series, WBUR hosted an expert panel to discuss the future of Alzheimer’s funding, research and care.
BOSTON — Alzheimer’s kills more Americans each year than breast and prostate cancers combined. Yet the government spends far more research money on diseases like cancer and AIDS than it does on Alzheimer’s. Private funding for Alzheimer’s also lags behind.
BOSTON — A new study finds that dementia patients are often transferred between nursing homes and hospitals in the last days of their lives because of infections. Such hospitalizations are extremely difficult for the patients.
BOSTON — Scientists can now predict with reasonable certainty who is likely to get Alzheimer’s. But that brings a difficult decision: should we be tested when there is currently no effective treatment? The answer could determine the progress of Alzheimer’s research.
BOSTON — “In a bizarre way [I'm] rather grateful for the disease,” said Cape Cod author Kate Whouley. “It ended up healing our relationship.”
BOSTON — There is currently nothing on the market that halts or even slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s in patients. In our second series report, we look at the disease’s ongoing research and drug trials.
BOSTON — An overview conversation about the disease with the head of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
BOSTON — Dr. Ralph Kelly, a medical researcher, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when he was just 59. To open a special series, we meet Ralph and his wife Ruth, and learn how one family is coping with the early stages of the disease.
Are you struggling with Alzheimer’s or caring for someone who has the disease? Or maybe you have lost someone to Alzheimer’s? If so, we would like to hear from you.
We’ve put together a list of resources designed to answer your questions and address your concerns about Alzheimer’s disease.