Author Archives: Hawken Miller

Space Experiment Could Shed Light on Neurodegenerative Diseases

Researcher Amir Hirsa has found a way 240 miles above the Earth’s surface to study the aggregation of proteins that are the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and type 2 diabetes. Hirsa, PhD, is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering with a joint appointment in chemical and biological engineering…

Documentary Chronicles Father’s Battle With Alzheimer’s

A new documentary released in advance of World Alzheimer’s Day today tells the story of a Worcester, Massachusetts, photographer and art professor who captured the gradual cognitive decline of his late father through a large format black-and-white camera. “With Dad,” which is available to stream on the…

Man on Mission to Make Music Accessible for Dementia Patients

Note: An update to this story on Aug. 23, 2021, changed the percentage of assisted living facilities that have incorporated personalized music into their care from 3% to 10%, according to corrected information from Dan Cohen.  According to Dan Cohen, founder of the organization Right to Music, about 25,000…