How flickering light can help fight Alzheimer’s

Medical News Today (02/17/2020) – A team of scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta has discovered some reasons why lights flickering at 40 beats per second, or 40 hertz (Hz), have a beneficial effect on Alzheimer’s disease. Full story »

Best Life: Research finds Alzheimer’s attacks more women than men

WMC Action News 5 (02/14/2020) – NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It’s a startling number. Every 65 seconds in the U.S. someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. Now according to new research, there’s a biological reason why women are more likely to get the disease. Full story »

‘Crushing’: Another Alzheimer’s treatment trial has failed. What’s next?

Advisory Board (02/12/2020) – Clinical trial results released Sunday show two experimental drugs that target a protein tied to Alzheimer's disease failed to slow down the disease's progression, marking the latest failure in researchers' quest to find a treatment and leaving some to question whether scientists should consider new approaches to target the disease. Full story »

Caring for caregivers – Group supports caregivers of those with dementia

The Brookings Register (02/10/2020) – Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia can take a toll on the caregiver. The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Group can help, said Lisa Miller. Full story »

CMS proposes changes to Part D drug tiers, real-time benefit info for seniors

Healthcare Dive (02/06/2020) – Medicare Part D enrollees would be able to check their drug benefits in real time beginning in 2022, allowing them to see the co-pays required for certain prescription drugs and any alternatives that may be less expensive, under a proposed rule CMS released Wednesday. Full story »

Long-term care facilities can’t absorb more Medicaid cuts

The Buffalo News (02/05/2020) – As elected officials and policymakers in New York work to address huge Medicaid funding shortfalls, they need to recognize that long-term care facilities are not what is driving Medicaid spending increases. Full story »

Voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home may one day detect Dementia

Being Patient (02/04/2020) – It may seem outlandish now, but in the not-so-distant future, we may be able to call on voice assistants like Alexa, Siri or Google Home to help detect dementia and early cognitive impairment. Full story »

Medicare site lets you compare nursing homes

Times Herald-Record_recordonline.com (02/01/2020) – If the time comes to find a nursing home for a loved one, you may conduct research on a website called “Nursing Home Compare” at Medicare.gov. The database includes all Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes in the U.S. Full story »