Thursday, December 1, 2022

Play

Access to medication is key to HIV prevention, a Florida university uses a religious exemption to disband its faculty union, plus Nevada tribes and conservation leaders praise a new national monument plan.

Play

The House passed a bill to avert a crippling railroad strike, Hakeem Jefferies is chosen to lead House Democrats, and President Biden promises more federal-Native American engagement at the Tribal Nations Summit.

Play

The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

Praise for Caregivers During Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Play

Monday, November 14, 2022   

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and, importantly, it also coincides with National Family Caregivers Month.

The progressive brain disease is common in Oregon, with nearly 70,000 people living with Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Lenny Steinberg is the program director for the organization's Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter. He said caregivers play a crucial role in the lives of people with the disease.

"It can be all-encompassing and certainly, over time, increase as the disease progresses," said Steinberg. "Caregivers are experiencing a huge emotional impact."

Alzheimer's disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Earlier this month, the Alzheimer's Association's Oregon chapter gathered for the 24th annual McGinty Conference on Alzheimer's, Dementia and Aging - the group's first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic.

Steinberg said results from a study last month on a drug called Lecanemab are promising.

A clinical trial found that the drug reduced the rate of cognitive decline by 27% in a study of participants experiencing the early stage of Alzheimer's.

"This is one of the most exciting pieces of research coming out in many, many years," said Steinberg. "And to be able to get on top of something like this at the early stages is just extremely promising for so many folks."

Steinberg added that people in need of support resources for someone in their life who has Alzheimer's or dementia can reach out to his organization for referrals or consultation about care.



get more stories like this via email
The gold dome on the Iowa Capitol has been gilded five times. The gold leaf covering the dome is 250,000th of an inch thick and is 23.75 karats. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

2022 was a banner year for women elected as governor. Nearly one-third of America's governors will be women next year, which is a record. Iowa …


Environment

Residential water rates in Michigan are soaring, with an estimated one out of ten households without access to or unable to afford clean water…

Environment

Fracking is a very water-intensive industry, and a new study dives into the impact of unconventional oil and gas drilling on aquatic ecosystems in …


Tom Oliver, center, receives the 2022 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service. (Bruce Carlson/AARP Washington)

Social Issues

A Bellingham man who supports people with dementia has received one of the most prestigious awards for volunteerism in Washington state. The …

Social Issues

Native American tribal communities and conservation groups got a big win Wednesday as President Joe Biden announced he intends to create a new nationa…

The 2020 Iowa caucuses were beset with tabulation problems, which set off a discussion on whether to shake up the Democratic primary process. (Scoutori/Adobestock)

Social Issues

A decision could come today on Nevada's bid to become the first state in the nation to hold a Democratic primary in 2024. The Democratic National …

Environment

Snow is on the ground in much of Minnesota, but the state is coming off another warm season with notable drought conditions. Those who monitor …

Environment

By Ray Levy Uyeda for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Greater Dakota News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021