Alzheimers

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In 2019, 26,000 Idahoans 65 and older were living with Alzheimer’s disease. Now, new research suggests that drugs being tested to stop that disease are not working. Some scientists say 30 years of past research on what causes the illness may be all wrong. Some of that research is coming out of Boise State University.

 


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When you think of Alzheimer's, you think of plaque. For 30 years, clumps of these proteins have been suspected of causing the memory loss that comes with Alzheimer’s. But at least three new studies say those plaques might not be the driving force behind the disease. That could affect how we diagnose and treat it. Dr. Troy Rohn of Boise State University joins Idaho Matters to talk about this new theory. 

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Last year, we told you about a group of stakeholders working together to create a state plan to help Alzheimer’s patients and their families.  The Idaho Alzheimer's Planning Group has now released that plan. 

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New figures from the Alzheimer’s Association show 75-thousand people in Idaho - usually family members - are helping care for a patient with the disease.  An organization known as the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group is working on a state plan to help patients and those caregivers.