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Dementia Research News

July 28, 2016 / indydiscovery / News

Learn about a fewrecent studies dealing with dementia research.

Dr. Nicole Fowler Receives $126k Research Grant

The National Institute on Aging just awarded Dr. Fowler with a $126,000 research grant. This money will fund a study called EFFECT (The Effects on Families of older adults Experiencing Cognitive Testing). It will focus on the impact of early dementia screening among dementia patients’ families. Dr. Fowler and her team of researchers at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research plan to study the benefits of early screening on patient family members. These family members are important because they will likely become caregivers in the future. In fact, according to the United States Preventive Services Task Force, around 5.4 million adults in the US suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. There are also approximately 11 million dementia caregivers in the US. Furthermore, by the year 2050, they estimate that those numbers will rise to 13.8 and 27 million, respectively.

To read more about this study, click here.

Congratulations, Dr. Fowler!

Brain Scans Verify Cognitive Risk of Using Anticholinergic Drugs

In their study, scientists from the Indiana University School of Medicine linked regular usage of these drugs to decreased brain size and lower metabolism. Dr. Shannon Risacher, first author of the study’s paper, explains that, “Given all the research evidence, physicians might want to consider alternatives to anticholinergic medications if available when working with their older patients.”

For a list of anticholinergic drugs, or to read more about this study, click here.

Study Finds Hospice Use Doesn’t Increase Nursing Home Costs

A study led by Dr. Kathleen Unroe, an investigator for the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and The Regenstrief Institute, found that hospice use does not increase long stay nursing home decedents’ care costs.

“Hospice care is not always a perfect fit in nursing homes. It can be difficult to determine when a person with advanced dementia, for example, has truly reached the end of life,” said Dr. Unroe. “But despite concerns that Medicare’s hospice benefit is not being used appropriately in nursing homes, we didn’t find evidence of cost shifting between Medicare and Medicaid.”

To read the published paper on the study, click here.

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