A Step Closer to a “Simple, Cheap Blood Test” to Diagnose Alzheimer’s?

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,[…]

Fighting Financial Fraud by Katherine Lee

“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[…]

Dr. Andrew Lieberman Elected to Serve on the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center’s Neuropathology Core Steering Committee

The National Institute on Aging funds Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADCs) at major medical institutions across the United States. Researchers at these Centers are working to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and care for people with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as finding a way to cure and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s. The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center[…]

Michigan Ranks No. 1 in Adult Hospitals in Michigan and No. 8 in the Country for Neurology and Neurosurgery

The U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” list is out today, and the University of Michigan ranked No. 1 in adult hospitals in Michigan and No. 8 in the country for neurology and neurosurgery! The score card for neurology and neurosurgery contained three categories: outcomes and experience, key programs, services, and staff, and professional[…]

Can Social Interaction Slow Cognitive Decline In Seniors?

Can sustained social interaction, even through a web-based computer interface, prevent or slow cognitive decline in seniors? The MADC’s Data Management and Statistical Core Leader, Hiroko Dodge heads a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan and Oregon Health and Science University in an attempt to answer this question. A pilot study completed in 2015[…]

MADC in London for AAIC

Several members from the MADC are in London this week attending and presenting at the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. AAIC 2017 brings together the leading researchers, investigators, clinicians and the research community to share “discoveries in basic and translational research that will lead to methods of prevention and treatment, and improvements in diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease[…]

Caregiver Wellness Day Summer 2017

Last Friday, the MADC hosted its bi-annual Caregiver Wellness Day at the beautiful and relaxing Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The event, organized and led by MADC wellness coordinator, Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW, was open to family members caring for someone with memory loss. The day included chair massages, guided meditation, reading and writing poetry, reflecting in small[…]

Registration is Now Open for Web-Based Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice

Registration is now open for the new self-paced Web-Based Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. This 34 hour self-paced program prepares clinical practitioners for advanced practice with clients and families affected by dementia. Participants will gain clinical knowledge and skills in culturally-competent assessment, care planning, and[…]

Into the Fold

Scott Matzka first noticed something was wrong when his finger locked up while applying drywall at home in Kalamazoo. The retired University of Michigan and pro hockey player soon developed other troubles: a hand that refused to unclench, a forearm that cramped suddenly. Eventually Matzka was diagnosed, at 36, with limb-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or[…]

MADC: International Collaboration

Congratulations to MADC’s Ben Hampstead, PhD, ABPP/CN, who is currently serving as Co-Investigator on an international working group, as they were recently awarded a grant though Alzheimer’s Australia! The goal of this international group is to distinguish current research on cognitive interventions in those across the AD spectrum. They will be looking at key methodological[…]

5-D Protein Fingerprinting May Give insights into Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

  ­ In research that could one day lead to advances against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, University of Michigan engineering researchers have demonstrated a technique for precisely measuring the properties of individual protein molecules floating in a liquid. Proteins are essential to the function of every cell. Measuring their properties in blood and[…]

What Doctors Should Ask Patients to Recognize Lewy Body Dementia

Tamara Real knew something was wrong when her husband, Carl Rinne, a retired University of Michigan professor, began to experience an array of odd and seemingly unrelated symptoms — including waxing and waning attention, muscle rigidity and, perhaps most alarming, hallucinations of acrobats. The couple received a battery of questions from specialists in their search[…]

NIA boosts Alzheimer’s research network with two new centers

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH is pleased to announce two new additions to its Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program—a network of researchers and clinicians developing and sharing new approaches and findings to speed discovery in dementia research. The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Wake Forest ADCC in[…]

Is it Alzheimer’s or Another Type of Dementia?

By Lisa Esposito When people talk about dementia, Alzheimer’s disease often automatically comes to mind. That’s not surprising since it’s the most common type of dementia, affecting 5 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But with more than 100 dementia causes, Alzheimer’s shouldn’t be assumed. Along with Alzheimer’s, Lewy body and[…]

Caregiver Blues? Be Here Now

By Matt Perry Imagine you’re swimming in a muddy river, trying desperately to peer through the muck. You face a swirl of confusing obstacles. They have names like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, children, job, vacations, texting and a thousand other distractions. The muck is modern life. So it’s no surprise that the spread of “mindfulness” has[…]

MADC Director, Dr. Hank Paulson, speaks to U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health to discuss HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

The U.S. Senate subcommittee on Health held a hearing to discuss Alzheimer’s disease and its future impacts on families and the healthcare system. Dr. Hank Paulson, director of the MADC, gave a testimony at the hearing where he discussed the need for comprehensive care, an early diagnosis, and customized care planning. If you missed the Senate Subcommittee on[…]