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The Takeaway

Love, Sex and Alzheimer's: The Question of Consent

Friday, April 24, 2015

An Iowa man this week was found not guilty of sexually abusing his wife, whom nursing home staff members said was cognitively unable to give consent. How are these cases to be handled?

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On Being

Alan Dienstag — Alzheimer's and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory [remix]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels?

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On Being

[Unedited] Alan Dienstag with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels?

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The Takeaway

Parents Can Now Choose to Have a Child Without Alzheimer's

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Under a new procedure, doctors can prevent a woman with a family history of early onset Alzheimer's from passing on to her child any chromosomes that carry the disease.

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The Takeaway

Combating Alzheimer's With Music

Monday, July 21, 2014

Who do we become when we can no longer remember our own pasts? Could something as simple as music be a saving grace for the more than 5 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer's? 

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WNYC News

When Bingo Is More Than a Game

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Mary Barron grapples with dementia, but Bingo helps her get through the day.

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The Takeaway

The Heart Over the Head: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia Care

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Over the decades, those who treat people with dementia have tried a number of methods of care to deal with symptoms, from physical exercise to drug therapy. Tena Alonzo, director of education and research at Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, Arizona is pioneering a more revolutionary approach. As part of our week-long series on caregiving, Alonzo shares how her emotional approach to dementia care is changing lives for patients.

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The Takeaway

Study Finds Black and White Alzheimer's Patients Share Gene Variants

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In one of the largest studies ever done on Alzheimer’s in African-Americans, researchers discovered that the gene variants associated with Alzheimer in people of European ancestry was the same as the one seen in African-American Alzheimer's patients.

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The Takeaway

Dementia Is Getting Really, Really Expensive

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Think about this: Nearly 15 percent of people aged 71 or older, about 3.8 million people, have dementia. By 2040, that number will balloon to 9.1 million people. And costs are expected to rise accordingly.

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Radiolab

Unraveling Bolero

Monday, June 18, 2012

In this podcast, a story about obsession, creativity, and a strange symmetry between a biologist and a composer that revolves around one famously repetitive piece of music.

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Soundcheck

Treating Dementia with Music

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The new documentary "Alive Inside" chronicles the work of social worker Dan Cohen - whose organization, Music & Memory, aims to bring personalized digital music into the lives of the elderly and infirm. Joining us to discuss the role that music can play in elder care - particularly in the lives of dementia patients - is Dan Cohen, as well as Ann Wyatt, Residential Care Policy & Strategy Consultant for the Alzheimer's Association. 

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WNYC News

Fighting Dementia Through Song

Thursday, September 01, 2011

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One doctor is trying to help dementia patients through song. She created a chorus, made up of people who suffer from dementia, to help improve their quality of life.

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Radiolab

A Bus to Nowhere

Friday, April 01, 2011

There’s a common problem faced by Alzheimer's and Dementia patients all over the world: lost in their memories, they sometimes get disoriented, and wander off. When this happens, they can end up far from home and frightened, or even hurt. So what are you supposed to do if your loved ...

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Radiolab

Fate and Fortune

Friday, October 15, 2010

Stories about the tug of war between force of will and fate.

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On Being

Alan Dienstag — Alzheimer's, Memory, and Being [remix]

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning," a "disease of memory," a "demise of consciousness." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels? And how might such insights help Alzheimer

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On Being

[Unedited] Gisela Webb with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning," a "disease of memory," a "demise of consciousness." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels? And how might such insights help Alzheimer

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On Being

[Unedited] David Shenk with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning," a "disease of memory," a "demise of consciousness." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels? And how might such insights help Alzheimer

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On Being

[Unedited] Alan Dienstag with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning," a "disease of memory," a "demise of consciousness." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels? And how might such insights help Alzheimer

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