Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 24 | SPRING 2017

Notable News and Resources

New Alzheimer's resource from NIH

Practical, Reassuring Guidance After a Daunting Diagnosis

Helping a client who has just received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is not uncommon for those who provide supports and services to older adults. A new resource from the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, part of the National Institutes of Health, provides an authoritative guide that will be invaluable to those facing this daunting prospect.

"Now What? Next Steps After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease" is straightforward, practical, and reassuring. For each step, current information, resources, and suggestions are included. Topics cover everything from learning about Alzheimer's disease to getting regular medical care to making financial and legal arrangements to participating in a clinical trial, and more. Particularly useful are the steps for finding local supports and services.

Study Finds Link Between Prolonged Sleeping and Higher Risk of Dementia

Older adults who shift to a new pattern of sleeping longer may be at higher risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers looking at the connection between duration of sleep and risk of dementia and "brain aging" found that older adults who were sleeping more than nine hours a night had an increased risk of developing clinical dementia within ten years, compared to those sleeping between six and nine hours, and those sleeping less than six hours. The relationship was present only when the long-duration pattern was a change for the individual, and was not present for those who had always slept long hours.

Should older people be discouraged from sleeping late? The researchers concluded that long sleep duration was not a cause of dementia but rather an indication of brain changes signaling future dementia. The study provides a useful new clinical tool to identify those at risk of clinical dementia, so interventions can begin as early as possible.

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