In this Issue

In the News

Juice May Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Frequent consumption of fruit and vegetable juices may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to the results of a study published in the September issue of The American Journal of Medicine. Read More

New Obstacles to Assisted Living

Just a few years ago, there was a glut of extra space in assisted living facilities following a construction boom. But now demand is rising dramatically, with consequent price increases. Read More

Is It Alzheimer's or Stroke?

The diagnostic tools commonly used by clinicians to identify cognitive impairment, such as that caused by Alzheimer's disease and stroke, tend to take an either/or approach. But now leading researchers have agreed to a common set of tests and standards for measuring different types of cognitive impairment. Read More

A New Report on Early Onset Dementia

We usually think of dementia as a problem of the elderly. But according to a new report from the National Alzheimer's Association, there may be as many as 500,000 Americans under the age of 65 who are suffering from dementia. Read More

In the Spotlight

Family Caregiving—A Thirty Year Perspective

How far has family caregiving come in 30 years since the founding of Family Caregiver Alliance, the Bay Area's Caregiver Resource Center? What progress have we made since the grassroots efforts of the mid-1970s? Today, real gains can be seen—but there's more to be done. Read More

Policy Update

Drug Discount Bill Enacted in California

The California State Assembly recently approved a bill (AB 2911) that mandates that pharmaceutical companies provide prescription drug discounts (up to 40 percent for name-brand medications and 60 percent for generic) to uninsured Californians earning less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level. Read More

Federal Government Promotes Long-term Care Awareness for Consumers

The first part of a national clearinghouse for consumers and their caregivers looking for tools and information to help them plan ahead for long-term care is now online. Read More

Analyzing the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit in California

It's been nine months since the rollout of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit program, which has been the subject of a lot of controversy throughout the political spectrum. The California Healthcare Foundation has released a new report that highlights the program's effect in California. Read More

On the Calendar

Information on events throughout California of interest to caregivers and their families. Read More

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