New Alzheimer’s Scratch and Sniff Test

(CNN) — Your sense of smell could be an indication of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists say new research shows that a decreased ability to correctly identify odors could associated with the loss of brain cell function. The findings were reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Denmark this weekend. Researchers also found that an eye … Continue reading »

New Test May Detect Alzheimer’s Earlier

(CNN) — Recent studies have found that Alzheimer’s may be the nation’s third-most deadly killer, and more Americans die from the disease than previously thought. Now researchers have announced they have discovered a new blood test that predicts if a person will develop this debilitating illness at an earlier age. It is estimated that as … Continue reading »

Free Memory Screenings Tuesday

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s National Memory Screening Day. Local Fred Meyer stores are teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to provide free memory screening. A 2010 survey found 92 percent of those polled had never had a memory screening by a primary care physician. Screenings are not a diagnosis, but they can direct … Continue reading »

Hundreds Walk to End Alzheimer’s

EUGENE, Ore. — Currently more than 75,000 people in Oregon are living with Alzheimer’s, but it’s not just the lives of those suffering that are impacted by the disease. It’s estimated around 150,000 people quit their jobs to become volunteer caregivers for their loved ones. Step by step more than 400 people walk to raise … Continue reading »

Interview: Alzheimer’s Walk

EUGENE, Ore. — You can join the cause and help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025 the number of Americans age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s is estimated to be 7.1 million. That’s unless a medical breakthrough can be developed to prevent, slow or stop the disease. Money is needed to fund research. Nancy NesSmith of … Continue reading »

Interview: World Alzheimer’s Month

EUGENE, Ore. — September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a great time for families in Lane County to learn about new, free tools designed to help them care for a loved ones who are living with the disease. Executive Director at Home Instead Senior Care, Nancy Nesmith, stopped by KEZI 9 News Midday to share ways … Continue reading »

Medical Group Hosts Health Fair

EUGENE, Ore. — More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and health experts say it affects both patients and their families. This weekend the River Road Medical Group will host a health fair so people can learn more about the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association says the disease is the second largest contributor … Continue reading »

Experts Hold Alzheimer’s Town Hall

EUGENE, Ore. — More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease right now, and Tuesday night a local town hall meeting will help shed light on the problem in Lane County and across Oregon. Experts will be talking about strategic plans at both a national and state level. Those plans are designed to … Continue reading »