A very cool virtual tour, and some recent studies

by mymothersbrain

Alzheimer’s sucks. No other way to look at it. However, I see a story about a new study at least once a week, and the psychologist who leads our monthly support group brings in a half dozen or so significant studies every time we meet. So perhaps we will see advances in treating what, in my opinion, is becoming an epidemic as we live longer and longer. I wanted to post some of these before the New Year, but my caregiving duties took precedence from late October last year through January 1, 2010. At any rate, here they are, for those of you who have family members with dementia, or who are simply interested.

First, though, check out this Alzheimer’s Association awesome brain tour, which explains for us common folk exactly how Alzheimer’s Dementia develops: http://www.actionalz.org/inside_the_brain.asp

From the Wall Street Journal, a story last fall about iPod therapy for dementia patients. Hopefully you can read it even if you’re not a subscriber: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704538404574540163096944766.html

From MSNBC, a story about a studying linking dementia to cold sores: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33191472/ns/health-alzheimers_disease/

From Time magazine, a story about how experts are redefining dementia as a terminal disease: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1930278,00.html

Finally, from USA Today, a story about a group of Latino friends who in the interest of being proactive, have decided to participate in a study about Alzheimer’s. (In case you didn’t know, Latinos are the highest risk group for developing the disease.) http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-12-07-LatinoALZ07_ST_N.htm?csp=usat.me

Keep in mind these are studies, just a few of many, many studies. I offer them up not as a medical doctor, simply as someone who is aggregating as much of this information for those of us who are dealing with this disease. Take all of them with equal measures of hope and skepticism.