Alzheimer's disease

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the rate of Alzheimer’s is increasing in every state. Researchers, including some at WVU, are working on a cure, but the cause of Alzheimer’s is still poorly understood, let alone reversing or stopping it. And as Kara Lofton reports, there’s no end in sight for families struggling with the disease.

We bring you a special report and in-depth discussion on water infrastructure needs in West Virginia. Reporter Caity Coyne of the Charleston Gazette-Mail joins us to explore the issues and discuss two bills moving through the West Virginia Legislature that may address some of the need.

Adobe Stock

An epidemiology professor at West Virginia University School of Public Health is studying the potential benefits of simple meditation or music listening for improving memory and cognitive functioning in adults exhibiting warning signs for Alzheimer’s.

Warnings sign for Alzheimer’s can include losing one’s train of thought, forgetting the content of a movie soon after the credits roll and feeling overwhelmed when making plans or coordinating events.

Adobe Stock

A new study out of Rush University Medical Center found that eating just one serving a day of green, leafy vegetables may be linked to a slower rate of brain aging. 

The study found that people who ate at least one serving of green, leafy vegetables a day had a slower rate of decline on memory tests and thinking skills than people who rarely or never ate those vegetables. Green leafy vegetables include kale, broccoli, mustard greens, collards and spinach.

Memory Sunday: Churches Spread Alzheimer’s Awareness

Aug 3, 2017
Wesley United Methodist Church Pastor Anthony Everett.
Mary Meehan / Ohio Valley ReSource

The church choir in bright blue robes swayed and testified on a hot summer Sunday.

Pastor Anthony Everett, in his own robe of orange and brown, preached to his “saints” of Wesley United Methodist Church and they called back their approval with a staggered chorus of “Amen!”

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, President Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally in Huntington Thursday night, something local officials say they prepared for with about a week’s notice.

Adobe Stock

New research shows that formal education, work that stimulates the brain and social interaction may help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The research was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto this week.

The first showed that people who work closely with other people may have a healthier brain longer and be able to delay the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Another showed that working out the brain with challenging tasks may counteract the negative effects of a bad diet.

Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, elderly, couple, worried
Dollar Photo Club

  37 thousand West Virginians have Alzheimer’s Disease, according to a report released this week from the national Alzheimer’s Association.

For the first time, the annual Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report also included a national survey on the financial cost of Alzheimer's or dementia. It shows the diseases can be really expensive for families and caregivers, costing Americans 236 billion dollars in 2016.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Over 200,000 people under the age of sixty-five suffer from Alzheimer’s in the United States. Around 4,000 of those live in West Virginia.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Alzheimer’s disease takes its toll on thousands of American families every year. It is something that many of us face and one particular person was  honored today for their work on the issue.