— In 2010, AARP Arkansas helped initiate creation of the Arkansas Silver Alert—a system that mobilizes searches for lost adults with Alzheimer’s disease and similar cognitive disorders. Silver Alerts are based on the same concept of immediately alerting and disseminating information statewide through various  media outlets as the Amber Alert for missing children. Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets—such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable TV—to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways …

— By Dr. Smita Patel Proton pump inhibitors or “PPIs” are a class of drugs that treat acid reflux and peptic ulcers. The three most commonly prescribed PPIs are omeprazole, pantoprazole and esomeprazole. In recent years, some studies reported that PPIs increase risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. We hear patients asking questions about this issue, so I’d like to clarify what we currently know about this risk. A number of large-scale observational studies have found that people taking PPIs long-term …

— The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter will host its first Healthy Brain Symposium in Tualatin on Monday, June 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event aims to raise awareness of signs for early detection and to highlight the role of healthy lifestyles in reducing the risk of cognitive decline. About 63,000 people 65 and older are living with dementia in Oregon, a number projected to grow to 84,000 by 2025. AARP members are invited to attend the symposium at the …

— You may have heard in the news that yet another Alzheimer’s drug has failed to show efficacy in a large clinical trial.  Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly announced last month that their drug Solanezumab had failed its second trial. What do these drug failures mean?  They may mean that our current hypothesis “the amyloid theory” (the notion that the accumulation of a sticky protein in the brain, called amyloid beta, is the reason for progressive neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease) is false. …

— What are common challenges that caregivers face? Caregivers face many shared challenges. With changes in roles and responsibilities, caregivers may feel torn in different directions. The weight of the responsibility of caring for someone may cause feelings of isolation, sadness and grief, as often times the freedom they once had is now occupied by responsibility.  They may even begin to fear their own health decline, and worry that their spouse or loved ones may face similar challenges caring for them …

— by Smita Patel, DO Dear Readers, November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and in that spirit I will be posting a blog each week this month on topics surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. But first, I’d like to introduce myself.   My name is Dr. Smita Patel.  I am a neurologist specializing in sleep medicine and integrative medicine. I also have special interest in preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. This past weekend we set our clocks behind one hour which will alter our …

—   Dear Readers, When it comes to cognitive decline and dementia there are risk factors specific to midlife that I would like to share with you.  For younger AARP members (50-55) this applies to you, and for older members, this may apply to middle-aged children, friends or family. Last year, the World Dementia Council and the Alzheimer’s Association carried out a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia. The purpose of the …

— A state task force has released recommendations to help prepare Nebraska for a surge in the number of residents living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia in the next decade. About 33,000 Nebraskans 65 and older have dementia, and the number is expected to grow by more than 20 percent by 2025. Created by the legislature in 2015, the task force includes a representative from AARP Nebraska. Its goals are to provide information, support and safety for Nebraskans living …

— More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 62,000 Oregonians. The debilitating disease takes a serious toll on patients, family caregivers and the health care system. AARP Oregon is encouraging members to participate in Walks to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held in Portland, Sept. 11; Bend, Sept. 17; Linn-Benton, Sept. 18; Medford, Sept. 24; Roseburg, Sept. 25; and Eugene, Oct. 9. While there is no fee to register, the Alzheimer’s Association asks participants to set a …

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— June is Alzheimer’s Awareness month, and it’s important to recognize the family caregivers who work to provide loved ones with the best treatment possible. Caregiving is a challenging job, but Maryland legislators recently worked tirelessly to pass a law to improve communication between hospitals and designated caregivers – thus providing caregivers with more knowledge of important tasks. Maryland’s new CARE Act law will aid more than 771,000 fearless family caregivers throughout the state, many of whom care for Alzheimer’s patients. In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness month, …