Blood Vessel Defects in Eyes May Foretell Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages affects the integrity of small blood vessels in the retinas of patients, according to a recent study led by Cedars-Sinai. This discovery holds promise for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s through the retina, a back-of-the-eye organ that is an extension of the brain and easily accessible for live, noninvasive imaging.

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How to Help Loved Ones with Dementia Cope During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social isolation present unique challenges for more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Monica Townsend, training and consultation specialist at the Comprehensive Services on Aging at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, shares how caregivers can cope through the health crisis:

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Upended Caregiving Impact for 5M+ Americans with Alzheimer’s, Caregivers

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges for 5M+ Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The recent upending of traditional caregiving resources and structures, across home, adult day services, residential and assisted living facilities and nursing homes, has created new challenges for caregivers. Data from the Alzheimer’s Association indicates 48% of nursing home residents are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and among older adults in residential care settings, including assisted living, 42% or more have some form of dementia. Still others receive community-based services, including 32% of individuals using home health services and 31% using adult day services.

The Alzheimer’s Association continues to offer free care and support for families through 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) staffed by clinical experts, while local support groups are now being offered via virtual channels for the foreseeable future. Experts including Harry Johns, president

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Primary Care Physicians on the Front Lines of Diagnosing and Providing Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Half Say Medical Profession Not Prepared to Meet Expected Increase in Demands

– Report provides latest Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality and costs of care data –
– Barring medical breakthroughs, the number of people age 65+ with Alzheimer’s dementia may nearly triple by 2050 –

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AI-analyzed blood test can predict the progression of neurodegenerative disease

Evaluating the effectiveness of therapies for neurodegenerative diseases is often difficult because each patient’s progression is different. A new study shows artificial intelligence (AI) analysis of blood samples can predict and explain disease progression, which could one day help doctors choose more appropriate and effective treatments for patients.

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