PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Community College of Rhode Island is using a sensory tool to help the public understand what it's like to live with dementia.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Charging documents say a suburban Kansas City nursing home worker stole rings valued at nearly $10,000 from a 99-year-old dementia patient by using lotion to slip them...
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL concussion fund has paid out nearly $500 million in its first two years, but some players' lawyers say there aren't enough doctors in the approved network to evaluate...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some people told they have Alzheimer's may instead have a newly identified mimic of the disease — and scientists say even though neither is yet curable, it's critical to get...
Former nurse took video of dementia patient in bathroom
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A former nursing assistant in Maine has been found guilty of a violation of privacy misdemeanor for recording a video of a dementia patient using a bathroom.
SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut home health aide has been charged with stealing more than $20,000 from an elderly dementia patient she was caring for.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers? Or get excited about a "You've won a prize" voicemail? New research suggests seniors who aren't on...
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A local assisted living community is making strides for the state of Minnesota in the world of memory care.
ASU gets $50 million gift for research into dementia
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University will receive a $50 million donation to fund advancement in research of dementia, school officials announced Monday.
Mets great Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia at 74
NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, the star of the Miracle Mets 1969 World Series championship team, has been diagnosed with dementia at age 74.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Few seniors get their thinking and memory abilities regularly tested during check-ups, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association that raises questions about how...
Supreme Court rules for Alabama death row inmate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ordering a new state court hearing to determine whether an Alabama death row inmate is so affected by dementia that he can't be executed.
‘Dementia-friendly’ restaurants train to help customers
KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AP) — If you've gone to the Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant lately, you may have seen a purple seahorse on the wall.
It's one of 12 restaurants that boast the symbol. They're part of The Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks Dementia Task Force, a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, restaurants and The Outer Banks Hospital to train employees to become dementia-friendly, said task force volunteer Jan Collins.
Complaint: Dementia patient discharged in taxi, left outside
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A complaint against a Southern California hospital says an elderly woman with dementia was placed in a taxi after treatment and dropped off outside her residence at a memory-care facility in the middle of the night.
The woman's daughter, Costanza Genoese Zerbi, filed the complaint with the California Department of Public Health against College Medical Center of Long Beach, Southern California News Group reports.
The Latest: California hospital denies dumping patient
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a complaint that a California hospital dumped a dementia patient (all times local):
A California medical center says it will meet with relatives of a dementia patient, who claim the woman was placed in a taxi and dumped outside her home in the middle of the night.
Clarification: Working Longer-Dementia story
CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Jan. 30 on companies navigating dementia conversations with older workers, The Associated Press reported that former professor Mary Radnofsky had a rare form of leukoencephalopathy, which caused minor strokes, seizures and cognitive impairment. Although the disease can cause those conditions, Radnofsky says she has not suffered seizures.
NFL drops appeal over dementia claims in concussion case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL abruptly dropped its plan Wednesday to challenge approved dementia diagnoses in a landmark concussion case as players' lawyers accuse it of trying to delay payments and rewrite the $1 billion settlement.
A federal court hearing set for Thursday on the NFL's appeal was canceled Wednesday afternoon as the league dropped its appeal. Instead, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody issued an order requiring doctors to explain their findings in certain cases.
73-year-old dies after leaving suburban Detroit group home
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 73-year-old man who was diagnosed with dementia has died after apparently wandering away from a group home in suburban Detroit.
The Oakland County sheriff's office says an autopsy on the body of the man conducted this week determined that his death was of natural causes, but it's still under investigation.
Dutch to prosecute doctor who euthanized woman with dementia
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch officials said Friday they will prosecute a nursing home doctor for euthanizing an elderly woman with dementia, the first time a doctor has been charged since the Netherlands legalized euthanasia in 2002.
Nursing homes reduce Kansas’ anti-psychotic drug use rate
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two years ago, 38 percent of the residents at a southwest Kansas nursing home were on anti-psychotic drugs — one of the highest medication rates in Kansas, a state with one of the highest rates in the nation.
The sedatives are intended only for people with serious mental illness, but are sometimes used to calm people with Alzheimer's and dementia, even though the drugs increase the risk of falls, heart attacks and other deadly events.
Lawsuit: Nursing home patient exposed on Facebook by workers
CHICAGO (AP) — The daughter of a dementia patient is suing a suburban Chicago nursing home alleging several caretakers coerced the man into exposing his genitals on Facebook Live.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court claims workers at Holland Home in South Holland abused and humiliated the stroke survivor, identified in court documents as "Reggie Doe."
Report: Doctor borrows $300K; diagnoses loaner with dementia
COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A report from Tennessee's health department says a doctor borrowed money from a patient then diagnosed her with dementia when asked to repay it.
Suellen Lee was quoted by The Tennessean as saying that she voluntarily retired her medical license because her case was unwinnable. She maintains the accusations are "all lies."
Sandra Day O’Connor announces likely Alzheimer’s diagnosis
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday in a frank and personal letter that she has been diagnosed with "the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer's disease."
The 88-year-old's letter was addressed to "Friends and fellow Americans." And it was a farewell of sorts from a woman who was not only a trailblazer for women in the law but also for much of her quarter century on the high court a key vote on issues central to American life.
The Latest: O’Connor says she likely has Alzheimer’s
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (all times local):
Chief Justice John Roberts says he is "saddened to learn" that Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, has the beginning stages of dementia.
No charges in attack at nursing home; suspect has dementia
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — No charges will be filed in the death of a man who was attacked at a Grand Rapids nursing home by his roommate.
Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker says a man who threw the punch in January has dementia and can't be held responsible for the death of 81-year-old Dan McBrian. He died in July from complications of a broken jaw. The medical examiner called it a homicide.
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Supreme Court could limit execution of people with dementia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared willing Tuesday to extend protection from capital punishment to people with dementia who can't recall their crime or understand the circumstances of their execution.
The eight justices heard arguments in the case of Alabama death row inmate Vernon Madison, who killed a police officer in 1985 but has suffered strokes that his lawyers say have left him with severe dementia.
Studies in healthy older people aim to prevent Alzheimer’s
PHOENIX (AP) — It may be too late to stop Alzheimer's in people who already have some mental decline. But what if a treatment could target the very earliest brain changes while memory and thinking skills are still intact, in hope of preventing the disease? Two big studies are going all out to try.
Clinics throughout the United States and some other countries are signing up participants — the only studies of this type enrolling healthy older people.
Court to explore competency claim of ailing Alabama inmate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case of an Alabama death row inmate who lawyers say suffers from dementia and can no longer remember killing a police officer in 1985.
Justices will hear arguments Tuesday on whether it would be unconstitutional to execute 68-year-old Vernon Madison. Madison was convicted of killing Mobile police officer Julius Schulte in 1985.
State says seniors were abandoned during California wildfire
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Staff at two senior care centers abandoned residents during an evacuation as wildfires swept through Northern California last October, state officials said Thursday as they moved to revoke licenses from the Santa Rosa facilities and their top administrators. Nobody in either facility died.
Dementia caregivers learn improv acting skills
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The first rule of improvisation — or improv — is to say 'yes' and accept with every situation thrown the actor's way.
Rita Davis isn't an actor but finds the rule of agreement applies when tending to her husband, Travis.
More than a decade ago, Travis was diagnosed with severe dementia, which has affected his memory, physical and mental abilities.
Alzheimer’s advocates hail law aimed at raising awareness
BOSTON (AP) — Alzheimer's advocates in Massachusetts are hailing a new law that aims to raise awareness about the disease while also increasing efforts to train caregivers about recognizing and treating dementia more effectively.
Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said Wednesday more than 130,000 Massachusetts residents live with dementia, but fear, stigma, and a lack of information can prevent them from feeling safe, socially connected, and able to thrive in their communities.
New law seeks comprehensive approach to Alzheimer’s disease
BOSTON (AP) — A new Massachusetts law seeks to make improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia.
The measure was approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed last week by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who noted the impact Alzheimer's has on people, whether they have the disease or are caring for someone with it.
Missouri mom and son visits all 50 states
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — Pauletta Keller has taken some trips recently —"a whole bunch of them," she said.
But for her, they now exist largely in photographs and in prompts offered by her son and travel companion, Kevin Keller. That's not to say the 88-year-old doesn't enjoy the in-the-moment pleasures of discovering a new city or landscape, but the memories fade fast.
3rd nursing home employee charged in duct-taping patient
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A third Florida nursing home employee is charged with using duct tape to restrain a patient with dementia.
A Boynton Beach Police statement Wednesday says 27-year-old Sherlie Tesyeux of Delray Beach was arrested Sunday at Fort Lauderdale International Airport after returning from Haiti.
Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater says Tesyeux was charged with elderly neglect and released on bond from the Broward County jail.
CHICAGO (AP) — Lowering blood pressure more than usually recommended not only helps prevent heart problems, it also cuts the risk of mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer's disease, a major study finds.
It's the first time a single step has been clearly shown to help prevent a dreaded condition that has had people trying crossword puzzles, diet supplements and a host of other things in hope of keeping their mind sharp.
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Scotland House to offer care for older adults
QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) — A program that will offer care, entertainment and support to older adults is set to open in the newly renovated former Scotland by the Yard off Route 4 in August, services that are likely to be in growing demand as residents of the Twin States age.
CHICAGO (AP) — Too few people with signs of mental decline or dementia are getting checked during routine medical visits or told when a problem is found, says a panel of Alzheimer's disease experts who offered new guidance Sunday.
The idea is to get help sooner for people whose minds are slipping — even if there's no cure.
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill aimed at assisting individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia and their families.
The bill was approved unanimously by the Senate on Thursday. It now heads back to the Massachusetts House.
Poetry project aims to reach patients with dementia.
ALTOONA, Wis. (AP) — Employees at 20 nursing homes in Wisconsin are receiving training to use poetry as a method of reaching residents with dementia.
The effort known as the national Alzheimer's Poetry Project has so far been taught across 32 states and seven countries, the Leader-Telegram reported.
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida nursing home employees are charged with using duct tape to restrain and quiet a patient with dementia.
Boynton Beach police said in a news release Friday that 52-year-old Lashron Williams and 44-year-old Phygelle Brudent duct-taped a 67-year-old woman to a chair and used tape to cover her mouth. They were arrested Thursday and charged with elder abuse and false imprisonment.
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man faces forgery charges for allegedly taking more than $14,000 from the bank accounts of his mother, who has dementia.
Fifty-four-year-old Tommy Atkinson was charged after investigators learned the Elkhart man's 76-year-old mother lacks the capacity to make informed decisions regarding her needs.
1960s study to be compared to new dementia study
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nearly 400 Madison high school graduates took part in aptitude testing in 1960 in response to the country's concern over Russian dominance in space.
Krakowski opens up about father’s dementia
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — As her disease worsened, Kristin Prieur's mother, who suffers from dementia, spent her days socializing at Circles of Caring, an adult day health program in Pullman.
"She'd come home and get off the bus, and I would always ask her how her day was," Prieur said. "Finally, one day she looked at me and she said, 'Oh, I can't remember. All I know is that they made me feel really good, and I'm happy.' That was enough for me."
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — By 10 a.m. every morning Harold Johnson can be found at Regency Retirement Village caring for his wife of 58 years, Sandra.
He stays to feed her lunch and heads out around 1 p.m. to feed himself and walk his dog before heading right back to Regency.
Like clockwork, Harold Johnson is back by 3:30 p.m. to sit with Sandra, feed her dinner and tuck her into bed for the night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new documentary quotes David Cassidy as saying he was still drinking in the last years of his life and he did not have dementia.
People magazine reported Wednesday the former teen idol called producers of an A&E documentary after he fell ill and told them he had liver disease. In the recorded conversation, Cassidy said there was no sign of dementia and it was "complete alcohol poisoning."