May 20, 2015
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Study finds medical marijuana pills fall short in treating dementia behavior
So-called medical marijuana pills may not ease behavioral symptoms that commonly affect people with dementia, according to a new study. In a small trial, researchers found that pills containing the main active ingredient in marijuana were no more successful than placebo pills in easing agitation, aggression and wandering. The researchers said the medical marijuana pills were well-tolerated, so future research using higher doses may be possible.

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Illinois Alzheimer’s Statistics
Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $226 billion in 2015, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today’s dollars) by mid-century. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Click below to view and download a copy of the Illinois statistics.

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B. Smith and husband raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among minorities
Last year, former model, designer and restaurateur B. Smith revealed her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. For Smith, going public with the revelation has inspired her and her caregiver-husband, Dan Gasby, to urge minorities to enroll in cognitive-related clinical trials.
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Former nurse with Alzheimer’s works to help people with the disease
Cynthia Guzman was a nurse for 30 years. Near the end of her career, she began to notice she was struggling with daily tasks and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011. With the support of the Alzheimer’s Association, she is part of the movement to educate and advocate for people with the disease.
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