NCBAC Offers "True" Certifications to NAHCA: Certifications Use Same Methodologies as Doctors, Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals Across the US

The National Certification Board for Alzheimer & Aging Care (NCBAC™) announces recognition program for National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) members. NAHCA members are now entitled to special rates for Certified Alzheimer Caregiver (CAC™) and Certified Alzheimer Educator (CAEd™) certification examinations.


NCBAC™ Certifications Included in New Jersey’s Industry Valued Credential List – A Key Workforce Development Effort

The National Certification Board for Alzheimer and Aging Care has a mission to provide quality training and certification for those caring for the country's aging population. Two key elements of their program are to offer true certifications for Alzheimer Educators (CAEs™) and Alzheimer Caregivers (CAC™). The certifications are developed through an extensive process that begins with gathering detailed data about the actual work being performed by caregivers. The real-life data is used to benchmark core competencies and knowledge from current caregivers and related professionals working in dementia care. This is the same process used to develop certifications for doctors and nurses throughout the US.


This May Be the Reason Why Alzheimer's Patients Lose their Memory

Alzheimer's, a type of dementia, is a progressive disease that affects a person's memory and other important functions which are destroyed over time. It usually affects people over the age of 65 and memory loss is one of the most characteristic symptoms of the disease. But do you know why? A new study, published in the journal Neurology, reveals the reason. According to researchers, an alteration or change in the genes may hasten the process of memory loss and affect the thinking ability in people who are already at the risk of developing Alzheimer's. 


The Science Of How Sleep Changes Your Brain, From Infancy To Old Age

The role of sleep changes with every stage of life, from infancy to old age. The latest neuroscience is discovering how crucial sleep is to an infant’s growing brain, while the latest epidemiology is discovering how irregular sleep doubles the risk of death as we grow older. To mark National Sleep Week, Thrive Global spoke with some of the top researchers in sleep science to give you a map of how sleep changes through your lifespan.


Family caregivers help with wider range of healthcare tasks than thought

A Yale-led study finds that while many family caregivers assist older adults with serious health problems like dementia and disability, the majority aid adults without those issues. Caregivers are also helping with a much wider range of activities than previously thought, said the researchers.

The findings, published April 20 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, highlight the need for more attention and resources for family caregivers to lessen the significant financial, emotional, and physical burdens they bear, said the researchers.


Novartis Tests New Alzheimer’s Drug on People Who Don’t Have the Disease

Novartis AG NVS +1.16% thinks its best bet for testing two new Alzheimer’s drugs is on people who don’t actually have Alzheimer’s.

The Swiss drug giant is looking for people whose genes put them at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s, but who haven’t yet fallen victim to the mind-robbing disease. It hopes such early treatment proves more successful than past efforts to tackle the disease once it has taken hold.


Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

People with a brain injury or dementia often struggle to remember simple things, like names or places. In research published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, scientists have shown it may be possible to improve this sort of memory using tiny pulses of electricity — if they're properly timed.

A typical person's ability to remember things tends to vary a lot, says Michael Kahana, who directs the computational memory lab at the University of Pennsylvania.