Alzheimer’s added to Minnesota’s medical marijuana list

Minnesota has added Alzheimer’s disease to its state list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana along with 12 other states that permit medical marijuana for Alzheimer’s disease or related conditions. Some studies have found that marijuana inhibits the formation or tau proteins that accelerate dementia and memory loss related to the disease. It can also help families living with elderly parents or other loved ones with Alzheimer’s as it helps with anxiety and aggression. For the complete article follow our link to the Star Tribune. Alzheimer’s added to Minnesota’s medical marijuana list By Jeremy Olson | Star Continue Reading

Alzheimer’s Researchers Challenged Finding Qualified Participants for Clinical Trials

A major challenge medical researchers face is finding qualified participants for clinical trials. Compounding this problem is there are multiple studies competing for clinical trial participants and delays in diagnosis of possible trial participants. For the complete article, follow our link to the New York Times. For Scientists Racing to Cure Alzheimer’s, the Math Is Getting Ugly By Gina Kolata | New York Times The task facing Eli Lilly, the giant pharmaceutical company, sounds simple enough: Find 375 people with early Alzheimer’s disease for a bold new clinical trial aiming to slow or stop memory loss. There are 5.4 million Continue Reading

Effort to delay Alzheimer’s via Exercise and Nutrition

Many healthy people are turning to lifestyle changes ranging from better nutrition and physical fitness to brain games and increased social interactions in an effort to delay Alzheimer’s that affected family members. Many drug companies have developed experimental medicines but so far, none have proved effective in preventing the disease. Research has shown that more exercise and better nutrition can improve the mental function of older people at risk of developing dementia. As drug development flounders, people fearing Alzheimer’s embrace lifestyle changes By Robert Weisman | Boston Globe Article They watched helplessly as Alzheimer’s robbed their loved ones of memory Continue Reading

New Alzhemier’s Drug Shows Reduction of Plaques and Slowing of Dementia

At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, results of a new drug were announced which for the first time in a clinical trial resulted in the reduction of plaques and slowing the progression of dementia. More trials will be necessary to verify if the new drug is truly effective but this drug may be the first to successfully attack both brain changes and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. To read the complete article, follow our link to the New York Times. New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trial Results By Pam Belluck | New York Times The long, discouraging quest Continue Reading

Testamentary Trust

Children came to the office because their father was in rehab with an upcoming discharge to the nursing home, and their mom was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  The children were concerned about getting their father the appropriate long term care, while also trying to protect mom so she could remain in the community until she would have to go to long term care.  Our office began preparing a MassHealth application and structuring their assets to protect them for the community spouse.  While in rehab, our client began failing and had to be rushed to the hospital.  When Continue Reading

New Medicare Rule Encourages Doctors to Test for Alzheimer’s Disease and Offer Care Planning

A new Medicare rule will promote earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Medicare will now reimburse primary care doctors who conduct an Alzheimer’s evaluation and offer information about care planning to elderly patients with cognitive impairment. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans have the disease. In addition, more than 85 percent of Alzheimer’s patients also have another chronic condition. But many are unaware that they have Alzheimer’s disease because they haven’t been diagnosed. Under the new rule, primary care doctors who test patients for cognitive impairment can bill Medicare for their services. Testing for Alzheimer’s disease can Continue Reading

Elders Keep Their Mind Active and Healthy

Stay sharp in your 70’s and later by socializing and engaging in mind-stimulating activities. The Boston Globe recently published an article discussing the benefits of an active mind for elders. Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain Boston Globe: Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities including Web-surfing, playing bridge, and socializing can stave off mental decline, new research says. Benefits were greatest in computer users and in those without a gene variation linked with Alzheimer’s disease. But even among seniors with that trait, mental decline that sometimes precedes dementia was less common among those who engaged in Continue Reading

Living With Alzheimer’s – Ways to plan and support loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is not something that makes itself apparent right away. It moves slowly, disguising itself before showing its true nature. When planning is not enough will your family be ready? The story of Geri Taylor, aged 72 is one like any other, moving through life happily until one day she didn’t recognize the woman looking back at her. For most, Alzheimer’s will come as a shock, but with the right amount of support and the right amount of planning, it can be somewhat of an easy transition. For Geri, the support came from her husband and family, finding ways Continue Reading