- What you need to know: Armed with early studies suggesting that what we do today greatly influences how well our brains function tomorrow, top Alzheimer’s disease researchers at CU and beyond are doing an about-face in the laboratories and doctors’ offices. Focusing on when and how dementias begin, they say, could dramatically curb the rising toll they are taking on the country. Of note: Sept. 21 is World Alzheimer's Day.
Could getting a flu shot every year as an older adult or taking piano lessons as a young child help curb the upward trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease as the nation ages? It’s possible, studies suggest. That evidence and more has spurred a shift in thinking, with experts looking backward in hopes of moving dementia care forward.