11-9-11: The Long View on Alzheimer’s

November 9, 2011 at 10:08 am 2 comments

Doctors and researchers have a new way of looking at Alzheimer’s Disease – not only as a dementia, but as a series, a continuum of impairments in the way the brain functions.  This past spring, for the first time in more than a quarter century, the diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s were changed.

With a new definition of its early stages, twice as many people may be defined as having the brain-robbing of the disease.   With us to give us the long view of Alzheimer’s is one of the scientists who led the overhaul of the guidelines.  Dr. Guy McKhann is the founding Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and founding Director of the Zanvyl Krieger Mind-Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Next Tuesday, Nov. 15 is National Memory Testing Day, a project of the National Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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  • 1. Molly Stone  |  November 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I caught most of the segment with Dr. McKhann this am. Both of my sisters have either severe dementia or Alzheimer’s. At the end of the show mention was made of memory testing in honor of memory month. I would love to take a test & know if my sister’s fate is mine. At least I could plan my affairs for that time ahead when I won’t be able to function. If you could let me know when & where this test takes place I would be most thankful. Thank you, Molly Stone

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    • 2. Sheilah  |  November 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Molly, thanks for writing. I thought we had posted it:

      Next Tuesday, Nov. 15 is National Memory Testing Day, a project of the National Alzheimer’s Foundation. The Maryland sites are listed on this web-page:
      http://www.afascreenings.org/search-results.php?State=MD

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