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This month, the Alzheimer's Association released 2017 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, the most-cited source covering issues related to Alzheimer's and other dementias. Facts and Figures also includes a special report, Alzheimer's Disease: The Next Frontier, which examines advances in Alzheimer's disease research and the use of biomarkers in improving how we identify and diagnose the disease. To watch our video and download the full Facts and Figures report, please visit Thank you, NARFE members, for your continued partnership with the Association in the fight against the growing cost and impact of this disease.
New Alzheimer's Association report shows growing cost and impact of Alzheimer's
For the first time, total payments exceeded a quarter of a trillion dollars ($259 billion) for caring for people living with Alzheimer's or other dementias, according to data in 2017 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures. Read more.
Advances in research may allow for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease before symptoms begin
“By the time cognitive symptoms appear in an individual with Alzheimer's disease, years of irreversible brain damage have likely occurred,” said Dr. Maria Carrillo, chief scientific officer for the Alzheimer's Association. “Biomarkers have the potential to identify individuals with Alzheimer's-related brain changes before cognitive impairment is evident, just as we use biological changes like elevated levels of blood pressure or cholesterol to identify those at risk of a heart attack. We envision a future in which Alzheimer's disease — like cardiovascular disease — will be viewed and treated as a chronic condition that can be readily identified with biomarkers and managed before irrevocable disability occurs.” The special report on the next frontier of the fight against Alzheimer's begins on page 61 of Facts and Figures. Read more.
Alzheimer's Association seeks substantial increase for research
With the 115th Congress underway, the Alzheimer's Association is advocating for a substantial increase for Alzheimer's research — $400 million more in fiscal year 2017. Importantly, a $400 million increase was pending before the 114th Congress for FY17, and will now need action by the current Congress. If signed into law, this increase would enable Alzheimer's research funding to reach an important milestone — passing the halfway mark toward the $2 billion funding level experts agree is necessary to meet the first goal of the National Alzheimer's Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease — to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025.
Bilingual people may have an edge against Alzheimer's disease
People with Alzheimer's who speak (or spoke) two or more languages scored better on memory tests than those who only mastered one language, new research suggests. The scientists added that people who were bilingual appeared to have better functional connectivity in frontal brain regions, which allowed them to maintain better thinking despite having Alzheimer's. Heather Snyder, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association senior director of medical and scientific operations, said the results make sense given what is known about the aging brain but that further research of this type is necessary before any conclusions can be drawn. Read more.
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