Heralded Alzheimer’s drug works — but safety concerns loom
November 30, 2022
Eisai and Biogen share clinical trial data confirming that lecanemab slows mental decline, amid reports of potentially related deaths.
Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Mental Decline in Trial—But Is It a Breakthrough?
September 30, 2022
Researchers are cautiously optimistic following companies’ announcement of positive results for lecanemab
Can Biogen's backup plan for Alzheimer's succeed?
July 3, 2022
Biogen and its partner Eisai said Tuesday night that their experimental Alzheimer’s disease therapy successfully slowed the memory-robbing condition in a large clinical trial. The results set the stage for potential approval of the drug next year.
People with Multiple Mental Disorders May Age Several Years Faster, Study Finds
February 17, 2021
Experiencing mental disorders early in life may lead to poorer physical health and accelerated aging in adulthood, found a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.
Study will Enhance Training for Nurses Working with Demential Patients
June 29, 2020
"The nurses will receive condition-specific training. Forester said, “We are going to modify existing training modules so that we can train nurses to be dementia care providers who can help with assessment, management, and coordination of care while providing support for family care partners.'”
The Experiments Revealing How Marijuana Could Treat Dementia
February 7th, 2020
"Slightly stoned mice show marijuana may fight age-related memory loss."
Family Foundation Funds Study to Help Alzheimer's-Related Anxiety
December 16, 2019
"Alexander Spier wanted to leave the world a better place than he found it. As a philanthropist, he gave generously, and despite his wealth, he lived simply. Now his family foundation is funding a first-of-its-kind study investigating the use of cannabis in quelling anxiety and agitation in patients with dementia."
Research Continues for Disease-Modifying Therapy in Alzheimer's Disease
September 24, 2019
"Following the discontinuation of a phase 3 trial of aducanumab, an anti-amyloid compound that showed potential as a disease-modifying therapy, or DMT, no DMTs exist to combat the Alzheimer's Disease epidemic, researcher wrote in a viewpoint published in JAMA Psychiatry."
Can Marijuana Help Alzheimer's Patients?
April 9th, 2019
"A new study at McLean Hospital in Belmont will test the drug's effect on dementia patients."
Trial to Test ECT for Severe Agitation in Alzheimer's
March 6th, 2019
"With funding for a new trial secured, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is gaining ground as a possible treatment for severe agitation and aggression in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD)."
Can Medical Marijuana Help Alzheimer's Patients?
December 12th, 2018
"After nothing but marijuana edibles seemed to offer his Holocaust survivor father reprieve from Alzheimer's, Greg Spier began funding medical marijuana research through the Spier Family Foundation."
Patina names Reed v Tuckson, M.D., FACP to Clinical Advisory Board
Tuckson Joins Group of Distinguished Clinicians to Guide Patina's New Primary Care Model, Designed to Create a Better Healthcare Experience for People as They Age
Benchmark Senior Living Taps Leading Public Health Experts to Advance COVID-19 Response
January 13, 2021
As part of its ongoing commitment to the health, safety and well-being of its residents and associates, Benchmark will benefit from additional expert advice and insights to help guide its long-term strategy and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mental Health Awareness Month Q+A with Brent Forester, M.D.
Alliance for Aging Research
May 19, 2020
"Mental health awareness is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about mental health issues faces by older adults and what you can do to help in this blog post by Brent P. Forester, M.D., chief of the Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital."
Meeting Behavior Health Needs of Seniors During COVID-19
American Hospital Association
April 30, 2020
"The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation disproportionately impacting our older adult community. Not only are the COVID-19 medical complications and mortality risk greater for older adults, but the crisis adds another layer of behavioral health challenges."
Dementia and the Coronavirus
April 24, 2020
"Many of us have seen our lives dramatically change and we are all coping the best we can. But for people like my mom, their cognitive health depends heavily on social engagement. Studies have shown activities such as regular bonding with loved ones, learning new skills, and interacting with friends can slow the progression of memory loss."
Lonely, Anxious Seniors Need More Coronavirus Help
March 25, 2020
"With a growing number of state and regional directives to shelter in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important clinicians pay close attention to the mental health of all patients, but particularly the elderly."
New Therapies Help Patients With Dementia Cope With Depression
New York Times
December 8, 2019
"Many patients with cognitive impairment have anxiety or depression, but standard treatments are difficult for people with memory issues."
Patient Story: Bob
September 20, 2019
"After struggling with an alcohol use disorder followed by a bipolar disorder diagnosis, Bob and his wife Donna began to see new problems with his executive function, problem-solving skills, and short-term memory. Frustrated, Bob and Donna sought help from McLean."
McLean Hospital Successfully Integrates Spirituality and Religion with Mental Health Treatment
September 19, 2019
In a paper published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Psychotherapy, McLean Hospital clinicians describe the success of the hospital’s Spiritual Psychotherapy for Inpatient, Residential & Intensive Treatment (SPIRIT) program. The clinicians drew their conclusions from a sample of nearly 1,500 patients.
How Emotional Sensitivity Changes As We Age
March 4th, 2019
"Why do we become more positive as we grow older? Why are adolescents so sensitive to negative social cues?"
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