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Woman With Dementia Saved by 4-Legged Hero

Sherry Noppe's dog, who never left her side after she got lost in woods, barked till they were found

(Newser) - Texas' Sherry Noppe, recently diagnosed with dementia, disappeared after taking her dog for a walk on May 3 in the Houston suburb of Katy. Thankfully, the 63-year-old was reunited with family just in time for Mother's Day after said black Labrador "saved her life," daughter Courtney Noppe...

Ex-Cop Who Joked About Rough Arrest Gets 5 Years

Family says Austin Hopp broke 73-year-old Karen Garner's arm during 2020 arrest

(Newser) - Update: "We cannot allow him to get a slap on the wrist for breaking an arm," Karen Garner's daughter-in-law said at a sentencing hearing for Austin Hopp Thursday. The former Loveland, Colorado, cop was sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting Garner, who has dementia, during...

Elderly Sweethearts Sought in Manhunt Die 48 Hours Apart

Ralph 'Terry' Gibbs said he abducted his sweetheart from nursing home out of love

(Newser) - An elderly couple's love story, which included an escape from a nursing home and a mad dash across Australia, has come to a sad end—and not just with a conviction for unlawfully detaining a mentally ill person. Ralph "Terry" Gibbs, 80, pleaded guilty to deprivation of liberty...

Alzheimer's Vaccine Delivered via the Nose to Be Tested

The vaccine is intended to both prevent Alzheimer's and slow its progress

(Newser) - Dr. Howard Weiner has spent 20 years on research leading up to this moment: the "landmark first human trial" of an Alzheimer's disease nasal vaccine. Sixteen people ranging in age from 60 to 85 will get two doses over the course of two weeks at the Ann Romney...

He Spent Weeks on the Pile After 9/11. What Did It Do to His Brain?

The 'Washington Post' looks at cognitive decline among first responders

(Newser) - In 2015, at age 52, Ron Kirchner was diagnosed with dementia. His wife was told an MRI scan of Kirchner's brain could be mistaken for that of an 85-year-old. What makes that reality all the more tragic is this: Kirchner was a firefighter who spent almost 600 hours—the...

Ex-Cops Face Charges in Rough Arrest of Woman, 73

Arrest warrants have been issued for Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali

(Newser) - Two former officers involved in the rough arrest of a 73-year-old Colorado woman with dementia last year will face criminal charges, online court documents showed Wednesday. Arrest warrants have been issued for Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali over the June 2020 arrest in Loveland, a city about 50 miles north...

Elderly Couple Escapes Facility Thanks to Morse Code Skills
Elderly Couple
Escapes Facility
Thanks to Morse
Code Skills
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Elderly Couple Escapes Facility Thanks to Morse Code Skills

Husband and wife with dementia, Alzheimer's were found on street 2 blocks from assisted living unit

(Newser) - On March 2, someone spotted an elderly man and woman wandering the streets of Lebanon, Tenn., and it was soon determined they'd somehow escaped the memory unit of their assisted living facility. Once the pair—a husband and wife who have dementia and Alzheimer's—were safely returned, curious...

Officers Quit After Arrest of Woman With Dementia

Colorado police chief apologizes after worldwide reaction

(Newser) - Three Colorado police officers involved in the arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia, who was shown being pushed to the ground and handcuffed on body camera footage, have resigned. Loveland Police Chief Robert Ticer announced the departures of officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali and Community Services officer Tyler...

Cop Shows Off Video of Injured 73-Year-Old: 'Ready for the Pop?'

73-year-old with dementia was pushed to the ground, arrested over alleged shoplifting

(Newser) - A Colorado police officer accused of dislocating the shoulder of a 73-year-old woman with dementia while arresting her seemed to be aware he had injured her, per the AP . He told fellow officers “ready for the pop?” as he showed them his body camera footage, according to police station...

Inadequate Sleep in Middle Age Might Raise Risk of Dementia
Dementia Researchers Warn
Against Too Little Sleep
new study

Dementia Researchers Warn Against Too Little Sleep

Middle-age people who get 6 hours or less per night might have a higher risk

(Newser) - A 25-year study out of Britain comes with a clear takeaway for those in or entering middle age: Don't scrimp on sleep. Researchers followed 8,000 people and found that 50-year-olds who got by on six hours of sleep or less per night had a 22% higher risk of...

Shoplifting Suspect With Dementia Sues Police

'I'm going home,' woman told officer as she was being handcuffed

(Newser) - A police officer who arrested a 73-year-old Colorado woman with dementia, pushing her to the ground and handcuffing her, after she walked away from a store without paying for about $14 worth of items last year was placed on administrative leave Thursday pending the outcome of a police investigation. Karen...

Jack Hanna to Retire After Diagnosis

Wildlife expert and conservation advocate has dementia, family says

(Newser) - Jack Hanna—a wildlife expert, conservation advocate, and TV personality—is stepping out of public view. "Doctors have diagnosed our dad, Jack Hanna, with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer's disease," his daughters posted on Twitter . His condition has deteriorated quickly in the past few months, the...

You've Never Seen Dementia Depicted Like This
Anthony Hopkins
Astounds in New Role

Anthony Hopkins Astounds in New Role

'The Father,' also with Olivia Colman, is called a riveting look at dementia

(Newser) - French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller may be a first-time filmmaker, but he appears to have the skills of a seasoned pro. His debut feature, The Father —adapted from his award-winning 2012 play of the same name—has a 100% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 85 reviews....

Williams' Widow: He Killed Himself Days Before Neuro Test

(Newser) - Robin's Wish, a documentary about Robin Williams' final days and his struggle with a neurodegenerative disorder, has been out since September on streaming platforms and on demand. Now, his widow is speaking more on why she wanted to make the film, including about how angry she was immediately following...

Once a Carpenter, He Became a Country Music Star
Country Music
Legend With
Dementia Dies

Country Music Legend With Dementia Dies

Hal Ketchum, known for hit 'Small Town Saturday Night,' has died at the age of 67

(Newser) - A country music legend is gone. "With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of Dementia," Andrea Ketchum, wife of Hal Ketchum, posted on Facebook and his website Tuesday, per CNN . The 67-year-old, who put out his...

'I Don't Know It': Mom With Dementia Plays Beethoven

For Elaine Lebar, 92, 'life makes sense' at the piano

(Newser) - Elaine Lebar may have dementia, but she still knows her way around a keyboard—and hasn't forgotten the third movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," TMZ reports. A video of the 92-year-old playing the piece recently became a hit on TikTok. "I don't know it,...

It's a Wonder Robin Williams Could Even 'Move': Doctor
It's a Wonder Robin Williams
Could Even 'Move': Doctor

It's a Wonder Robin Williams Could Even 'Move': Doctor

Documentary explores how Lewy body dementia affected his brain

(Newser) - Robin Williams knew there was a lot more going on inside his brain than doctors realized. "Robin was right when he said to me, 'I just want to reboot my brain,'" his widow, Susan Schneider Williams, tells Today . "In that moment I promised him that...

A Big Cold-Case Break, Followed by Disappointment

Suspected murderer of 2 young women in 1973 may not face trial because of dementia

(Newser) - It was one of those cold-case breaks that have become common these days: Thanks to a DNA match, police arrested a suspect last year in the murder of two young women in Virginia Beach in 1973. The families of Janice Pietropola and Lynn Seethaler, two 19-year-olds from suburban Pittsburgh who...

Dutch Court Clears Way for Euthanasia in Dementia Cases

Patient must provide written directive while still healthy

(Newser) - The Netherlands' highest court ruled Tuesday that doctors can carry out euthanasia in patients with advanced dementia if the patient has earlier made a written directive, per the AP . The Supreme Court ruling solidifies in law a practice that already was being carried out on rare occasions in the Netherlands....

Searchers Thought They'd Find a Body. Instead, a 'Miracle'

Paula James, who has dementia, found alive and talking in snow-covered car after 6-day search

(Newser) - The sheriff of Butte County, Calif., was sure rescuers would find a body upon locating the snow-covered vehicle of a woman who'd been missing in the mountains for six days. "When I heard that she was alive, I was just absolutely amazed," Kory Honea says, per CNN...

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