Tag: Dementia

Thousands of disabled lose right to vote under ‘incompetence’ laws

Thousands of disabled lose right to vote under ‘incompetence’ laws

Laws in 39 states and Washington, D.C., allow judges to strip voting rights from people with mental disorders ranging from schizophrenia to Down syndrome who are deemed “incapacitated” or “incompetent.” Some of those states use archaic language like “idiots” or “insane persons” in their statutes.

March 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump’s perfect score on brain test spawns DIY cognitive exam

Trump’s perfect score on brain test spawns DIY cognitive exam

When Donald Trump aced a cognitive test in January, scores of people tried to take it, too, based mostly on media reports that invited them to match wits with the president. Casual users puzzled over line drawings of animals, while others wondered what it meant if they were bad at subtracting by sevens.

February 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Changing the way we look at dementia

Changing the way we look at dementia

“If we can change the way people look at dementia and talk about it, we can make a big difference in people’s lives,” said Philippa Tree, who spearheads a well-established Dementia Friends program in England and Wales, with about 2.3 million members, that has licensed its model to the U.S.

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
How Alzheimer’s disease spreads throughout the brain – new study

How Alzheimer’s disease spreads throughout the brain – new study

A new study finds the tau protein, which has been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, spreads between connected neurons. This suggests you might be able to prevent or freeze the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease by preventing the spread of the protein from neuron to neuron.

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Screening for memory loss can help guide life choices

Screening for memory loss can help guide life choices

A quick, simple screening tool can help detect memory loss and other mental changes that might be affecting a patient’s ability to manage on their own.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
To help ward off Alzheimer’s, think before you eat.

To help ward off Alzheimer’s, think before you eat.

To help better understand the factors that can help or hinder the physical activity levels of children today, my colleagues and I recently conducted a study to explore the barriers UK children face when it comes to being physically active.

April 8, 2017 | By | Reply More