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Alzheimer's patients and caregivers in Arizona's tribal communities may find help with living with cognitive issues in a new musical project meant to help sooth emotions and stimulate memories — a CD of recordings by Native American music legend R. Carlos Nakai and others. Read more»

According to the National Institute on Aging, more than 6 million Americans, most of them over 65, have dementia, a progressive loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning, due to Alzheimer’s disease.

The latest findings in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease suggest neuronal damage begins inside cells long before plaques on the outside of cells - and researchers are already working on experimental therapies to treat the problems observed in their findings. Read more»

As the population of American Indian and Alaska Native adults ages, the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – along with various chronic conditions – goes up.

The total treatment costs for American Indian and Alaska Native older adults with dementia are US$2,943 higher than for those without dementia because of higher hospitalization costs, the first assessment of the treatment costs among Native American adults with dementia. Read more»

Bridget Schmidt reads a picture book to her mother, Pat Rush, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. The Schmidt family was physically separated from Rush for months during the pandemic, which took an especially grave toll on the elderly and those with dementia.

The burdens of Alzheimer's are immense in ordinary times, for patients and the relatives who care for them - the COVID-19 pandemic brought far more challenges: higher risk of illness for those living in care facilities, limited social interaction and new routines and regulations. Read more»

Marian Gutierrez owns Perpetual Help Assisted Living in Scottsdale, where she cares for residents with dementia and other ailments. To protect them amid the pandemic, she implemented precautions that include limiting visitations and getting groceries delivered.

Research is showing just how dangerous COVID-19 may be for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia – a warning, experts say, that more should be done to safeguard this vulnerable population. Read more»

Loneliness has been found to increase the risk of developing dementia by as much as 20%. In fact, loneliness has an influence similar to other more well-established dementia risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, physical inactivity and hearing loss. Read more»

Medical documents purporting to be from Hillary Clinton's doctor and posted on conservative websites claim to show Clinton suffers from seizures and dementia. Read more»

A calm falls over Maria’s as she listens to one of her favorite mariachi artists during a Music and Memory session at the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix.

Music & Memory is a national program that uses second-hand iPods to bring music into the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Four Valley facilities participate in the program. Read more»

Jesse Christian Garcia

A 67-year-old man who suffers from dementia and was reported missing from his West Side group home has been found and is in good health. Read more»

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels served a decade with pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly.

In Daniels' decade at Eli Lilly, the company was illegally marketing its osteoporosis drug, Evista, as well as the antipsychotic Zyprexa, putting tens of thousands of patients in harm’s way. Read more»