Dementia

The state is leading a new push to educate first responders in Indiana about dementia. It aims to improve the response of those on the front lines of emergency calls.

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, according to government estimates. Greg O’Brien is one of them. He’s a journalist and co-host of The Forgetting, a podcast about living with the disease. We talked with O’Brien about the stigma surrounding the illness. 

Brain Training Linked To Reduced Dementia Risk

Nov 28, 2017

A long-term study found cognitive training may reduce dementia cases and Indiana researchers were involved in this first of its kind analysis.

The Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly or ACTIVE study observed almost 3000 older adults in different types of cognitive training. Researchers set out to determine if cognitive training improves functions like memory and problem solving.

Indiana University School of Medicine professor, Dr. Fred Unverzagt, says this leads to further analysis.

Thousands of older Hoosiers end up in the intensive care unit (ICU) each year and a majority of them suffer from delirium.

Delirium is a severe brain failure and those who suffer from it are at higher risk for dementia. ICU stays put older people at risk of delirium.

Researchers are developing and testing the state’s first program to provide after care to these patients via telemedicine.