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Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

Many people use the words “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease” interchangeably. However, they’re not the same thing. Dementia isn’t a disease. It’s a group of symptoms that affect mental tasks like memory and reasoning. Dementia can be caused by a variety of conditions, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that 35.6 million people around the world are living with dementia.

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Amy Stocklein

Barbie Strong suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s. But her family and friends have ensured that 79-year-old woman’s twilight years are filled with love and activity — including brunch every Saturday at Mickey’s Tavern. more

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Madisonian Yvette Ferris reflects on her dad’s death from Alzheimer’s. more

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James Heimer

Doctors are powerless in fighting Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia that afflicts some 5 million Americans. A study at the UW-Madison is working to identify who might be at risk and why. more

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​When it comes to dementia research, UW-Madison is the new kid on the block. However, it's quickly reaching national status. Here is a look at some of the other Alzheimer's research underway at the UW. more

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Is there a more insidious disease than Alzheimer's? Leaving the body intact but obliterating our memories, our words and eventually our identities? That is a horrifying future to consider, one that Julianne Moore brings to striking clarity. more

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"Isthmus" contributor Catherine Capellaro reported on her father's end-of-life struggle with dementia in the March 7 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the March 6 edition of "In Our Backyard". more

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In the space of a year, my 76-year-old dad was moved in ambulances or cop cars eight times among treatment centers. He was suffering from dementia and prone to acting out, and nursing homes and a hospital refused him to take him in. more

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Quincy Bioscience, the fast-growing Madison brain supplement maker, has all but settled its problems with the federal Food and Drug Administration, says Quincy president Mark Underwood. more

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Eric Tadsen

Spotting a rough blazing star amid countless other native flora in a great prairie, Mary Kay Baum abandons the path and makes her way to it. It's a warm September day. The ordained Lutheran pastor and longtime social justice advocate wears a broad-br more

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The number of adults that Dane County sent to Mendota Mental Health Institute spiked 77% last year. The state-run facility took in 271 adults from Dane County in 2007, compared with just 153 in 2006. more

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