Our special series on Alzheimer’s disease.

What It’s Like To Live With Early Stage Alzheimer’s

May 03, 2016
Geri Taylor, camera in tow, at the Hoover Dam in 2014. Photography had been a sideline for 30 years, but now she could really devote time to it.

We look at how one women prepares for the full onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Upside Of Alzheimer’s?

February 18, 2016
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This week Modern Love: The Podcast explores the story of one family whose lives were changed — for the better — by the disease.

‘Sundowning’: Why Hospital Staffs Dread Nightfall, And How To Help Seniors Avoid It

November 20, 2015
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As the sun sets, many elderly patients can change drastically: They can become extremely confused, agitated, not know where they are, and even hallucinate.

State-Funded Lab At Harvard Medical Aims To Reinvent Drug Discovery

August 10, 2015
Jerry Lin and Sharon Wang at the not yet one-year-old Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. The two are studying the effects of cancer treatment drugs on the heart. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Scientists at the Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology aim to reinvent the drug development process as they work to find treatments for diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Exercising The Aging Brain

July 24, 2015
Experts say exercise and socializing helps the brain. Here, George Jackson, right, 85, an army veteran and former boxer, exercises with Mary Diner, left, as they participate at a parkour class for elderly people in south London. The unique weekly class for people over 60 called parkour, a flashy discipline usually known for its acrobatic running, climbing and gravity-defying jumps. While most fitness classes aimed at seniors focus on calmer activities like dance or yoga, experts say parkour is a reasonable, if unorthodox, option., (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

From forgetting the keys to real dementia, the exercises – body and mind – that can actually help the aging brain.

Dementia As A Global Public Health ‘Tidal Wave’

March 19, 2015
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According to the WHO: Dementia currently affects more than 47 million people worldwide, with more than 75 million people estimated to be living with dementia by 2030. The number is expected to triple by 2050.

A Boxer’s Brain And The Evolution Of Sports-Related Head Injuries

February 12, 2015
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Although most people associate CTE with professional football players, McKee has found it in the brains of soccer, hockey, rugby, and baseball players as well.

Recognizing And Dealing With A Parent's Dementia

July 15, 2014
Kimberly and Ashley with their mother Lynn Williams in 2003. (Jonathan Skow / Corbis)

When dementia comes. “Father of the Bride” and “Nashville” star Kimberly Williams-Paisley opens up about facing — dealing with — her mother’s dementia.

Summertime Blues: Pesticide-Laden Strawberries And Your Health

May 23, 2014
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Over the years, researchers have documented the negative effects of pesticide exposure on human health. Recently, though, there’s been increased attention on the links between pesticides and neurodegenerative diseases, notably Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Facing The Inevitable: From Lost Keys To Dementia

May 06, 2014

Trying to tackle the inevitable: age-related memory decline and dementia.

The Grandma Effect: A Little Caregiving Sharpens Brain, A Lot Dulls It

April 08, 2014

Taking care of grandkids one day a week helps keep grandmothers mentally sharp, according to a study from the Women’s Healthy Aging Project in Australia; but five-day-a-week caregiving may be bad for grandma’s brain.

Preparing For An Alzheimer’s ‘Tsunami’

November 14, 2011
Bernice Osborne Pollard and her 74-year-old mother, Mary Osborne, who is the late stages of Alzheimer's disease (Deb Becker/WBUR)

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.

Your Thoughts On Alzheimer’s Disease

October 28, 2011

Your thoughts on our Alzheimer’s series, “Fade To Darkness.”

‘Music Is The One Thing We Share:’ An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Speaks

October 21, 2011
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Lynne and Patrick Scannell have sung and played music together throughout their marriage. When Patrick was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia three years ago, all of that began to change.

How Alzheimer’s Caregivers Cope

October 21, 2011

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. But in reality, the disease touches three times as many people, in the form of 15 million unpaid caregivers. Today, we focus on them.

Living With Alzheimer's, A Day In the Life of Ralph Hergert: Part Four

October 21, 2011

In 2009, at the age of 62, Ralph Hergert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As a part of WBUR’s week-long series on the disease, we conclude our day in the life of Ralph and his wife Leslie.

The Mental And Physical Toll Of Alzheimer’s Care

October 21, 2011
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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.

Tweeting Alzheimer’s: Sharing Her Mother’s Voice

October 21, 2011

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.

Bill Would Create Mass. Office For Alzheimer’s Care

October 20, 2011
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A bill pending in the Legislature would create a new state office to help coordinate, and direct people to, Alzheimer’s resources.

Video: Alzheimer's Panel Discussion

October 20, 2011
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In conjunction with our special week-long series, WBUR hosted an expert panel to discuss the future of Alzheimer’s funding, research and care.

Living With Alzheimer's, A Day In the Life of Ralph Hergert: Part Three

October 20, 2011

In 2009, at the age of 62, Ralph Hergert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As a part of WBUR’s week-long series on the disease, we follow Ralph and his wife Leslie through their daily routine.

Alzheimer’s Funding Lags Behind Other Diseases

October 20, 2011
Rep. Ed Markey recalls summers on Revere Beach, where his mother would take him and his brothers, before she developed Alzheimer's. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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.

Study: Late-Stage Dementia Patients ‘Slammed Around Health Care System’

October 19, 2011
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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.

The Elusive Search For An Alzheimer’s Cure

October 19, 2011

A successful treatment for Alzheimer’s disease could be just years away, says Dr. Reisa Sperling, director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Living With Alzheimer's, A Day In the Life of Ralph Hergert: Part Two

October 19, 2011

In 2009, at the age of 62, Ralph Hergert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As a part of WBUR’s week-long series on the disease, we follow Ralph and his wife Leslie through their daily routine.

Testing For Alzheimer’s: A Wrenching But Crucial Decision

October 19, 2011
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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.

Author Finds Silver Lining In Mother’s Alzheimer’s

October 18, 2011
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“In a bizarre way [I’m] rather grateful for the disease,” said Cape Cod author Kate Whouley. “It ended up healing our relationship.”

Living With Alzheimer’s, A Day In the Life of Ralph Hergert: Part One

October 18, 2011
Ralph and Leslie Hergert in their home in Somerville. (Dan Mauzy/WBUR)

In 2009, at the age of 62, Ralph Hergert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As a part of WBUR’s week-long series on the disease, we follow Ralph and his wife Leslie through their daily routine, starting with breakfast.

Alzheimer’s Research Seeks Earlier Detection

October 18, 2011
Devora Corman, 77, is an Alzheimer’s patient who is currently testing an anti-amyloid drug. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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.

Alzheimer’s 101: Understanding The Disease

October 17, 2011

An overview conversation about the disease with the head of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

At 59, A Father’s Devastating Diagnosis

October 17, 2011
Ruth and Ralph Kelly (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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.

Your Alzheimer’s Disease Stories

October 09, 2011

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.

Alzheimer’s Disease Resources

October 09, 2011
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We’ve put together a list of resources designed to answer your questions and address your concerns about Alzheimer’s disease.

Why To Exercise Today: Don’t Get Stupider

July 19, 2011

Two new studies find that exercise helps seniors keep their brains in better form.

Researchers May Have Key To Predicting Alzheimer's — But Do You Really Want To Know?

January 11, 2011

Would you really want to know if you’re going to get Alzheimer’s which is currently an incurable disease?

Daily Rounds: Partners Cutting Costs; The Liberal Gene; Vanishing Money And Alzheimer’s; Free Birth Control Under Health Reform

November 01, 2010

Partners planning reduction of costs – The Boston Globe The state’s largest health care system says it will redesign care for thousands of patients and reduce administrative costs as part of a major new initiative intended in part to make treatment at its teaching hospitals more affordable. (Boston Globe) Can a 'liberal gene' determine political […]

Daily Rounds: Medicare Fraud; Hope For Hauser?; Legalizing Pot; Heavy Smoking And Alzheimer’s; Thyroid Radiation Threat

October 26, 2010

Medicare Database Offers Window Into Doctor Fraud and Abuse – One New York City-area family-practice doctor "pocketed more than $2 million in 2008 from Medicare, the federal insurance program for the elderly, government records suggest. That made her one of the best-paid family-medicine physicians in the Medicare system. But more noteworthy than the sum […]

Daily Rounds: Health Care Lawsuit On Again; Chelation Crackdown; Bilingualism For Alzheimer’s; Digital Health Records Unveil Abuse; PCB’s In Kingergarten

October 15, 2010

Challenge to Health Care Law to Advance – “In a foreboding ruling for the Obama administration, a federal judge in Florida decreed Thursday that a legal challenge to the new health care law by officials from 20 states could move forward and warned that he would have to be persuaded that its keystone provision […]

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