Alzheimer’s Disease

Fargo sparks hope of victory on the Alzheimer’s battlefront

Fargo sparks hope of victory on the Alzheimer’s battlefront

Dr. Keith Fargo is one of the nation’s leading Alzheimer’s researchers and served as the keynote speaker for a symposium on the disease last week at the Sanders-Beach Corrine Jones Resource Center in Pensacola. He is confident that one day an effective treatment will be found for the disease that currently afflicts 5.8 million people […]

Report states more cognitive assessments needed

Report states more cognitive assessments needed

The Alzheimer’s Association released a report last week that features a statistic that comes as a surprise to many. While most seniors believe cognitive assessments are important, only 16 percent report receiving regular assessments for memory or thinking issues. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

BOLD ACT closer to playing vital role in fight against Alzheimer’s

BOLD ACT closer to playing vital role in fight against Alzheimer’s

Michelle Branham is the Vice President of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association. And her excitement level is high this week after what took place in the United States Senate last week. The Senate passed the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (BOLD). Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of […]

Robots have place in future of caregiving

Robots have place in future of caregiving

Caregiving in the 21st century is going to look decidedly different than it did in the last one. Robots won’t replace humans, but the idea of having socially assistive robots in nursing homes and assisted living facilities could take pressure off a caregiver shortage that is expected to hit 450,000 by the year 2025. Read […]

Treks raise awareness and funds in battle to end Alzheimer’s disease

Treks raise awareness and funds in battle to end Alzheimer’s  disease

Amy Woodland is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s manager in the Panhandle, and when she thinks about this event, the largest in the world to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, she considers it a celebration. She calls it that because it brings so many together for a common cause, particularly […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE QUESTIONING The truthfulness of Brett Kavanaugh’s sworn testimony to the Senate as the FBI continues an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. 2. PLEASE, MR. PRESIDENT, JUST WAIT From his Cabinet, to his border wall, to Robert Mueller, Trump’s advisers are hoping he will hold off on […]

Caregiving for person with Alzheimer’s presents challenges

Caregiving for person with Alzheimer’s presents challenges

Stacy McLaughlin will tell you all about her father, Jim Holland, a man she considers to be super intelligent. She’ll tell you how he used to do crossword puzzles, how he loved to read, that he was handy and had the ability to fix almost anything. Alzheimer’s disease has stolen those abilities. Read the full […]

Hope matters for those battling Alzheimer’s

Hope matters for those battling Alzheimer’s

When it comes to dealing with something as devastating as Alzheimer’s, a disease that afflicts 5.7 million Americans, hope is needed, even if it’s just a glimmer. Maryann Makekau brought a little of that to Navarre last week through an Alzheimer’s awareness event at the Panhandle Butterfly House. Read the full article in the July […]

Gina Waterhouse serves as inspiration to others in her fight against the disease

Gina Waterhouse serves as inspiration to others in her fight against the disease

Gina Waterhouse learned she had Alzheimer’s disease two years ago. She was 63. The diagnosis didn’t come as a surprise. Genetics determined her collision course with it. Her mother had Alzheimer’s. Her grandmother did, too. She also carries the APOE4 gene, which increased her risk. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

Alzheimer’s research continues to move forward

Alzheimer’s research continues to move forward

Dr. Rodney Guttman, a University of West Florida professor and researcher, has been studying Alzheimer’s disease for more than 20 years.  For him, the slow progress toward finding a prevention, treatment or cure hasn’t led to frustration. Instead, it serves as a motivator to keep searching. Read the full article in the June 21 issue […]

Raising awareness critical in battle against Alzheimer’s

Raising awareness critical in battle against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures are stunning enough to drop your jaw. Consider that it’s the sixth leading cause of death in America and the only one among the top 10 without prevention, treatment or a cure. As of now, there are 5.4 million people in the United States suffering from it, including more than […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. TRUMP: MUELLER PROBE ‘AN ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY’ Trump lashes out against the special counsel’s Russia investigation following an FBI raid on personal attorney Michael Cohen’s office. 2. WHAT SYRIAN TROOPS ARE FEARING Assad’s forces and their allies are said to be on alert and taking precautionary measures at military bases and posts amid […]

Dementia initiative crucial in combating disease expected to become more prevalent in state

Dementia initiative crucial in combating disease expected to become more prevalent in state

In 10 years, Florida will be the home to more than 720,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in Americans 65 and older. The state is prepared to battle, though, through the Dementia Care & Cure Initiative. “As the number of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Florida continued […]

Budget provides boost to senior services

Budget provides boost to senior services

With the 65 and older population still on the rise in Florida, the decision by Governor Rick Scott to devote $315.5 million to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is one that makes sense. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Don’t forget to remember

Don’t forget to remember

She walks along the same path every time she takes her daily walk.  She is 76 years old, not as active as she used to be and she lives alone.  Cooking for one is a challenge so her nutrition suffers because of it.  She has lost weight.  Yet, every day she takes a walk: just […]

Silver Alert program vital to locating missing seniors

Silver Alert program vital to locating missing seniors

Driving along a highway on any given day, the signs above the road may flash the words Silver Alert followed by a vehicle description and the license tag number. The Florida Silver Alert Plan was established in 2008 and made into a law by the Florida Legislature in 2011. Its purpose is to help law […]

Smile and take a selfie to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s

Smile and take a selfie to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s

Selfies are often used for fun but SYNERGY HomeCare is using them for a good cause. Throughout September, anyone 65 years of age or older can take a selfie and post it on SYNERGY’s Facebook page. For every Senior Selfie that is posted, SYNERGY will make a $5 donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. SYNERGY is […]

Dit Dot: Joy’s story of communication in an Alzheimer’s world

Dit Dot: Joy’s story of communication in an Alzheimer’s world

Back in 2004 I met a crusty, disheveled man in our memory disorder clinic (West Florida Hospital Memory Disorder Clinic in Pensacola). His wife had called our clinic and asked for help dealing with his bizarre behavior. She told me about him locking her out of the bedroom and telling her to leave before his […]

Current Alzheimer’s disease research and therapy

Current Alzheimer’s disease research and therapy

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, AD alone composes “an estimated 60 to 80 percent of [dementia] cases.” Furthermore, according to research done by scientists from the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, located in Chicago, Ill., nearly five million Americans were living with this destructive disease […]

Florida First Budget increases funding for Elders and Caregivers

Florida First Budget increases funding for Elders and Caregivers

Gov. Rick Scott’s 2016-17 Florida First Budget recommends a funding increase of more than $6 million for the Department of Elder Affairs to serve additional elders and caregivers through enhanced tools and technology. “As our state continues to grow, so does the population of Florida’s seniors,” Scott said. “We want to make sure our seniors […]

Florida’s Silver Alert Program celebrates seven years

Florida’s Silver Alert Program celebrates seven years

Today is the seven year anniversary of Florida’s Silver Alert program. Since the program’s inception in 2008, 1,134 Silver Alerts have been issued, and Florida’s Silver Alert program has been directly responsible for 110 recoveries. According to Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Silver Alert reports, none have been issued in Santa Rosa County in 2014 […]

Family of Alzheimer’s patient living for today

Family of Alzheimer’s patient living for today

How much of our lives do we actually spend reliving the comforting memories of past experiences? Or what about pondering the appeal of reaching future goals or plans? For families of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, learning to live only in the present is the most important- but often the most difficult- concept […]