Thu October 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

High-Tech Shoes Aim To Stop Wandering Alzheimer's Patients

There's a GPS tracker hidden inside this mild-mannered shoe.

Courtesy of GTX Corp

Shoes that make the news often look funny.

Whether they're touting health benefits like those toning shoes that didn't quite pan out or the glove-like footwear being marketed as the anti-shoe.

But some GPS-enabled shoes designed to help keep track of people with Alzheimer's, look exactly like some shoes already popular with the elderly.

Read more


Tue September 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Memory Quizzes Still Best For Alzheimer's Diagnosis

PET scans of the brains of a person with normal memory ability and someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's
Image courtesy of the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health

When it comes to predicting whether someone will have Alzheimer's disease, newfangled diagnostic tests for the illness aren't as good as old-fashioned quizzes of thinking and memory.

That's the word from a study that compared different methods for identifying Alzheimer's. The results was just published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Read more


Thu July 7, 2011

Alzheimer's Brings Daughter, Dad Together

Betsy Brooks remembered her father, Charles Brooks, during a recent visit to StoryCorps in New York with her boyfriend, John Grecsek.

Betsy Brooks remembers her father, Charles, as a "razor-sharp" former Marine. The two had their share of arguments, she says. But that all changed late in her father's life, as Betsy recently told her boyfriend, John Grecsek.

Charles was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when he was 78. Betsy tells John about her relationship with her dad before, and after, the diagnosis.

"We butted heads from the moment we could," Betsy says.

Her father was a Marine — and very proud of it.

Read more


Tue April 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Alzheimer's Disease Gets Redefined, But Changes Mean Little For Patients

The definition of Alzheimer's disease just got wider and deeper, but the expansion won't change how the vast majority of people are diagnosed. It also doesn't change the very limited treatment choices.

But the new criteria, which were developed by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association, are almost guaranteed to prompt confusion, even in people who are thinking quite clearly.

Read more


Mon April 11, 2011
Your Health

Sussing Out Senior Moments: A Sign Of Worse To Come?

Everybody over a certain age — say, around 50 — has these moments: The car keys go missing. They can't retrieve a once-familiar name. They stride into a room with purpose and then forget why.

Phyllis Hersch knows about those lapses.

"I go to the store and do five errands and miss the most important one because I've gotten distracted by something else," says Hersh, who just turned 70. Recently she alarmed herself by leaving her car in the garage with the motor running at her home in Massachusetts.

Read more