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

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
OBITUARY

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
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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...

One Thing, Above All, Will Guard Your Brain
To Protect Your Brain
Health, Do One Thing
studies say

To Protect Your Brain Health, Do One Thing

Author Jane Brody advises people to protect their hearing

(Newser) - Want to protect your cognitive powers? One way—and possibly the best—is to avoid prolonged loud noises that can weaken your hearing. So argues Jane Brody at the New York Times , saying she hopes to influence the 38 million Americans with untreated hearing loss, herself included. "According to...

Fearing Dementia, Woman Planned Murder-Suicide: Police

Mentally disabled daughter was stabbed to death in motel

(Newser) - An elderly woman who feared she was developing dementia removed her mentally disabled adult daughter from a care facility, then fatally stabbed her in a suburban St. Louis hotel before attempting to kill herself, police and relatives say. Marjorie Theleman, 78, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal...

Here's a Way to Stave Off Dementia
Here's a Way to
Stave Off Dementia
new study

Here's a Way to Stave Off Dementia

Illiterate people are nearly 3 times as likely to suffer from it

(Newser) - Good thing you're reading this—it might help keep dementia at bay. A new Columbia University study finds that illiterate people are nearly three times as likely to suffer from dementia, CNN reports. Scientists reached this conclusion after visiting 983 people over age 65 in the Washington Heights area...

To Carry Out Euthanasia, Her Coffee Was Secretly Drugged

Doctor cleared of wrongdoing in death of 74-year-old

(Newser) - A Dutch doctor was acquitted Wednesday in a landmark trial that prosecutors and physicians hope will help clarify how the country's 2002 euthanasia law can be applied to people with severe dementia. The doctor, who wasn't named in court, was cleared of any wrongdoing in carrying out euthanasia...

Blood Test Could Get Rid of 'Coin-Tossing' on Alzheimer's

Researchers excited about test that detects beta-amyloid protein, an indicator of disease

(Newser) - It's not easy to diagnose Alzheimer's: With doctors able to make that pronouncement based only on limited information such as patient and family interviews and mental acuity tests, the accuracy rate of such a conclusion hovers between 50% and 60%—"about the same as tossing a coin,...

5 Behaviors May Hold Off Alzheimer's
These 5 Behaviors May
Hold Off Alzheimer's
study says

These 5 Behaviors May Hold Off Alzheimer's

Study finds lifestyle choices may have a big impact

(Newser) - Alzheimer's is still an incurable disease, but a new study finds that certain lifestyle choices appear to protect against mental decline and stave off the disease—even in people with an increased genetic risk of dementia. Researchers found that people engaging in four out of the following five key...

Common Drugs May Raise Your Risk of Dementia
Common Drugs May Raise
Your Risk of Dementia
in case you missed it

Common Drugs May Raise Your Risk of Dementia

Taking strong anticholinergics for 3 years daily associated with 50% increased risk

(Newser) - A new study in a peer-reviewed journal suggests that a type of drug commonly prescribed to treat depression, epilepsy, Parkinson's, and other ailments raises the risk of dementia. The study found that those who take strong anticholinergics daily for at least three years have 50% greater odds of developing...

She Has Dementia, Chokes on Food. Denmark Is Deporting Her

Family of 72-year-old Zarmena Waziri says she'll never make it back in Afghanistan

(Newser) - June 4 is a day of reckoning for Zarmena Waziri, a 72-year-old refugee from Afghanistan with dementia who's been told that's the day she must report to a Denmark deportation center. The New York Times reports that her last appeal for asylum there, where she lives with her...

It Looks Like Alzheimer's —but It's Something Else
Scientists Find Another
Kind of Dementia
new study

Scientists Find Another Kind of Dementia

It's called LATE, and it erodes memory

(Newser) - Call it good news/bad news: What looks like Alzheimer's disease might not be Alzheimer's at all. But it is a form of dementia that's been overlooked until now, Quartz reports. New research published in Brain has identified LATE, or limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy, a memory-eroding disease that...

What Bitter Legal Fight? Buzz Aldrin, Kids Drop Everything

Seems they wanted 'family harmony' before historic celebration

(Newser) - With the Apollo 11 moon landing's 50th anniversary around the corner, Buzz Aldrin and his family are making peace. The storied astronaut is dropping a lawsuit against two of his children just as they stop seeking legal guardianship of the 89-year-old Florida resident, Florida Today reports. "This was...

First Woman on Supreme Court: I Have Early- Stage Dementia

Sandra Day O'Connor is retreating from public life

(Newser) - Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, says she has the beginning stages of dementia and "probably Alzheimer's," per the AP . O'Connor made the announcement in a letter Tuesday. She said that her diagnosis was made "some time ago" and that...

Ted Turner Reveals His Diagnosis
Ted Turner
Reveals His
Diagnosis

Ted Turner Reveals His Diagnosis

The media mogul talks to Ted Koppel for 'CBS Sunday Morning'

(Newser) - The billionaire founder of CNN says he's been diagnosed with a progressive brain disorder called Lewy body dementia, People reports. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, 79-year-old Ted Turner calls it "a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer's. It's similar to that. But...

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