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Wednesday 6 December 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Alzheimers

This year
Nora Forster, wife of John Lydon, dies at age 80
Lydon dedicated the song Hawaii, his attempt to represent Ireland at Eurovision, to his wife and their memories of their time on holiday.
US approves new drug designed to slow cognitive decline patients with Alzheimer's
It was granted despite trial results showing the treatment carries risks of brain swelling and bleeding.
Last year
New Alzheimer’s drug hailed as ‘beginning of the end’ in search for treatment
Lecanemab was found to slow decline in patients’ memory and thinking.
All time
Dutch doctor goes on trial on charges of euthanising patient with dementia in landmark case
Prosecutors claim the patient may have had second thoughts about dying.
A garden in the Bloom Festival is a space where people with dementia can reminisce
The garden offers a positive and enjoyable experience for people with dementia by rekindling fond memories, writes Kathy Ryan.
Number of people with dementia set to double but stigma 'leading to delayed diagnosis'
The number of people with dementia in Ireland is expected to increase from 55,000 currently to 113,000 by 2036.
An eye exam could predict Alzheimer's
The test could recognise the disease before symptoms are present.
Scientists in Waterford find nutritional supplement combo that slows down Alzheimer's disease
The researchers say that their 18-month study has yielded a “statistically significant” finding and is a “breakthrough”.
These Limerick students have developed a device to help track Alzheimer's patients
Alzheimer’s Alert will alert carers to the patient’s movements.
'I went into a bit of a depression': How an Alzheimer's diagnosis can upend a family's life
A new campaign is highlighting the important role friends and family can have in helping a loved one care for someone with dementia.
From Austria to Armagh - this Irishman is trekking 2,500km across Europe for dementia
Eamonn Donnelly and his friend Sepp Tieber are currently making their way across England.
'You're giving up everything and they don't want to get on with you. It was hard to bite my lip and keep going'
Over 180,000 people in Ireland are currently or have been carers for a family member or partner with dementia.
Why Ireland wants a registry to keep track of everyone who has dementia
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland says that a registry will lead to better policy and treatment for people with dementia.
What should you do if you or a family member has dementia? Here's some advice from an expert
Edel O’Connell from The Alzheimer Society of Ireland gives advice about ways to manage and live with dementia.
Dublin to host sing-along tea dance concerts for people with dementia
Events like these have been shown to be beneficial for people with dementia as music accesses a different part of their brain so they can remember lyrics to songs.
Strange changes in behaviour may be the first sign of dementia
Researchers say changes in behaviour may indicate dementia before forgetfulness.
"If he says black is white, I say, indeed it is Dad" - Rónán Mullen on his father's dementia
The independent senator has spoken of his family situation ahead of a campaign for more funding for sufferers.
Social workers 'waiting for people to die' to get elderly clients the care they need
Social workers say as many of half of their clients who have gone into nursing homes could have stayed in their own homes with proper supports.
The hardest thing about Alzheimer's? Knowing your kids will watch you slowly disappear
Kathy Ryan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago, at the age of 53. She writes here about how her life has changed since.
'Sometimes, I see fear in his eyes. I constantly reassure him but reassurance only lasts seconds.'
Nine years ago, Alzheimer’s slowly crept into our lives and nothing has ever been the same again.
People look at me and say 'You don't look like somebody that has dementia'
…but I wonder ‘What does dementia look like?’
People don't have to be afraid of dementia – they just need to know the facts
Actor and director Ronan Smith writes about his greatest life challenge to date – the progressive neurodegenerative disease, Alzheimer’s Disease.
US politician found not guilty of sexually abusing his wife, an Alzheimer's patient
Henry Rayhons said the couple held hands, prayed and kissed, but had no sexual contact.
Irish 'marvel molecule' treatment will help people with Alzheimer's, arthritis and MS
Scientists have discovered a common process across inflammatory conditions.
Column: What it's like to care for a parent with Alzheimer's
We are a married couple in our mid-late 20s who both work and also care for my father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013 and lives with us full-time.
This 2014 Year In Review video has an ending that will floor you
Wait for it. It’s only 70 seconds away.
Column: 'My mother is not a person dying from Alzheimer’s – she is a hero living with it'
Whenever I feel that caring for my mother is getting the better of me, I think back on the all amazing memories I have with this inspiring and courageous woman.
Opinion: Losing a parent to dementia requires a unique form of emotional stamina
Every time you see them, you grieve a little bit more, but you never, ever show it.
What does Alzheimer's Disease look like?
Teenagers in Galway are capturing what the disease means to them.
Video: Living with dementia – two families talk honestly about this heartbreaking disease
Two people affected by dementia talk candidly about how it has changed their lives.
Sending electrical current to brain could help treat Alzheimer's
The treatment has now been proven to improve memory and could help in other memory disorders, like from stroke or brain injury.
Scientists make 'major step forward' in predicting whether someone will get Alzheimer's
Scientists found they could predict the beginning of Alzheimer’s with 87% accuracy.
Leaving Cert students asked question on horsemeat scandal
They were also asked about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a question which may have thrown students as it is not a compulsory disorder on the syllabus.
Patient with dementia questioned after 21 die in fire at hospital for the elderly
Most of the victims died from asphyxiation as they could not escape the smoke-filled corridors.
Woman with Alzheimer's who went missing is found 46km from home
The family of Pauline Lynch, 67, spoke of “huge relief” at finding her safe.
New brain implant could restore memory for Alzheimer's patients
Military researchers in the US are working on developing this but ethical questions have been raised about whether the mind should be manipulated.
Opinion: Dealing with dementia – why we are failing our parents and ultimately ourselves
The number of people in this country suffering from dementia is expected to treble over the next 30 years, yet Ireland invests only half the OECD average in long-term care.
New blood test could predict onset of Alzheimer's
US researchers have developed a prototype test which can indicate whether a person will develop the disease.
Memorial service for Peggy Mangan held over the weekend
The family hopes to set up a foundation in her name to help fund services for missing people and their families.
Gardaí appeal for help tracing missing 65-year-old Margaret Mangan
The woman, who is an Alzheimers sufferer, was last seen leaving her home with her dog yesterday morning.