Alzheimer's Disease

Local News
12:53 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Louisville's Memory Cafe Gives People With Dementia, Caregivers a Place to Take a Break

Mike and Susan King at the Louisville Memory Cafe
Rick Howlett

Louisville has joined a growing number of U.S. cities in creating a place for people with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia—and their caregivers—to socialize and share a meal.  

It's called the Memory Café, a concept that perhaps can be best defined by what it’s not.

It’s not an adult daycare for people with dementia. It doesn't provide medical care. And it’s not a support group in the traditional sense. 

As odd as it may sound, it is a place for people who suffer from memory loss to share...memories.         

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Local News
3:48 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Indiana Bill Would Require Alzheimer's Training for Police

An Indiana lawmaker dismayed by a police officer's decision to use a stun gun on a nursing home patient is pushing for police to get training on how to interact with people with Alzheimer's disease.

Republican state Rep. Bill Friend of Macy says his bill is in response to last year's incident in which a Peru police officer used a stun gun five times on a 64-year-old nursing home resident with advanced Alzheimer's.

He tells The Kokomo Tribune the man's family asked him to create specific legislation for officers dealing with Alzheimer's patients.

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Science
2:00 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

Promising Alzheimer's Drug Being Developed At UK

A class of drugs developed by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Kentucky could help reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Linda Van Eldik of UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging says the drug targets inflammation in the brain.

“So we administered the drug early in the course of the disease, just when these pro-inflammatory molecules are beginning to develop. And by doing that, we reduced the inflammation back down to normal and we prevented the nerve cell damage and the behavioral deficits,” she said.