Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, Bill Gates, has recently decided to invest in Alzheimer’s disease research! “I first became interested in Alzheimer’s because of its costs—both emotional and economic—to families and healthcare systems. What I’ve heard from researchers, academics, funders, and industry experts makes me hopeful that we can substantially alter the course of Alzheimer’s if[…]
The Michigan Health Endowment Fund (Health Fund) has awarded more than $10 million dollars to 18 organizations and agencies across the state of Michigan with awards ranging from around $250,000 to $500,000. The awards span the entire state of Michigan and were made through two programs: Healthy Aging, and Special Projects & Emerging Ideas. The Health Fund’s 2017 Healthy Aging Initiative[…]
Advances in Health and Aging Research Across the Translational Spectrum: A Multi-University Research Symposium
The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University have teamed up to present “Advances in Health and Aging Research Across the Translational Spectrum”, a research symposium. The event is sponsored by The University of Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center, The Michigan Older Americans Independence Center,[…]
A conference at Wayne State University (WSU) will draw experts speaking about memory through the lenses of history, aging and literature. The conference, which is co-sponsored by the WSU Emeritus Academy and the Institute of Gerontology, with support from The Academy of Scholars and the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, will be held on October[…]
The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the Lewy body dementias (LBD), supporting people with LBD, their families and caregivers and promoting scientific advances. The LBDA was formed by a group of caregivers who met in an online LBD caregiver support group. Discussions about the need[…]
For years, clinicians and scientists have been searching for a reliable, accessible and inexpensive test that can help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This would help pair proper treatment to each disease and identify patients in the earliest phases who then might qualify for clinical trials to find disease-slowing therapy. Existing options,[…]
Although it’s difficult to find hard data about the phenomenon, a new University of Michigan study suggests that tired family caregivers are associated with more frequent ER visits and higher health care costs for the patient. In a paper in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, U-M researchers report their findings from a study[…]
“As many as one in 10 Americans age 60 and older who live independently may have experienced some type of abuse, including financial mistreatment, according to the 2010 National Elder Mistreatment Study, a survey of 5,777 older adults funded by the National Institute of Justice.” “Older adults may also not report financial abuse for fear[…]
Faculty & Investigators
Partnering for a Purpose
Michigan State University
Wayne State University
Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research
NIH Institute on Aging
Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Claude D Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers
University of Michigan Key Links
U-M Department of Neurology
U-M School of Public Health
U-M Department of Psychiatry
U-M School of Social Work
By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia will increase by 35%.
32% of people age 85 and older have Alzheimer’s dementia.
Approximately 40% of family caregivers of people with dementia suffer from depression.
By 2025, total Medicaid costs for people in Michigan age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will increase by almost 30%.