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.


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. Read more

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



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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more


"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". Read more


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. Read 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. Read 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 Read 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. Read more