Category Archives: Alzheimer's Research

“Who I Am” receives a new award!

Laurel-AWARD-OF-EXCELLENCEOur music video  of the song “Who I Am”   http://wp.me/ptiX7-8o  written by Jon Pousette-Dart, Jaime Kyle and myself and performed by Jon and Jaime  has been honored again!  The International Film Fest for Environment, Health & Culture-Jakarta, Indonesia will screen the video during their festival in May.  http://internationalfilmfestivals.org/EHC/winners.htm  (scroll down to “Documentary Shorts”)

On the subject of Alzheimer’s and my experience with my mother, the song highlights the journey traveled by those who have lived with a loved one experiencing “the long goodbye”.   Hopefully this attention will raise awareness of the need for more answers in the search for causes and cures for the  ever increasing appearance of this disease.

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New Research to Predict Alzheimer’s Early

Article after article about meticulous research, studies, and funding for Alzheimer’s….here is something really worth reading!

A spinal fluid test could potentially detect Alzheimer’s early in patients showing signs of memory loss. The article quotes an accuracy rate of 100%, though research is still being done.

Either way, this is the first promising groundbreaking article on Alzheimer’s research and detection we’ve read in a while. Anyone who has dealt with Alzheimer’s knows how painful and complicated detection and diagnosis can be – from recognizing the signs, to convincing your loved one to seek help, to trusting the doctor’s accuracy. A simple test that can be administered in the earliest stages of the disease could do wonders for patients and caretakers alike.

See the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/10/health/research/10spinal.html?_r=2&ref=global-home

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“Aging with Grace” supports Alzheimer’s

We had an amazing interview yesterday with Patricia Grace who created and heads up her company “Aging with Grace” agingwithgrace.net with headquarters in the Philadelphia, PA area. Patricia and I are both Temple University graduates and I recently became aware of her involvement with care of the elderly and her interest in the area of dementia.  Patricia had enlightening insights about the very important role of caregivers, both personal and professional,  as well as other important aspects of living with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).  Having personal experience with family members living with the disease we are both on the same page of understanding the critical importance of knowing what to do and what not to do in caring for our loved ones who have been affected by AD. We will be sharing this knowledge in our upcoming documentary “Forget me Not” which is in production now.

Patricia and her organization are  working side by side with an organization called “Emeritus Senior Living ” to ensure the quality of the prospective residences  and their staff.  W e will talk more about their work in a future post.

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New Theory on the Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

The AARP Bulletin last week included an article on a new theory that Alzheimer’s disease stems not from sticky plaques in the brain, but from free floating proteins. The research could potentially prove that the sticky plaques are in fact protecting the brain from these harmful proteins, not causing Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists are currently developing drugs to attack these proteins and limit their production within the brain, though the research is still being tested on lab mice.

Aalthough it will be a while until humans benefit from this research, the article is insightful and promising! Check it out!

http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-05-2010/alzheimers_disease.1.html

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Danger to the Community???

This is outrageous!

This article comes from “The New Old Age” blog on the New York Times website. A community in Woodbury, Minnesota has a contingency in opposition to the development of a proposed assisted living facility specialized in dementia care. Only about 50 residents signed the petition, citing that the facility and the dementia patients would pose a threat to neighborhood children.

What!?!?

Sounds like those kids need to be exposed to an older generation, and badly! If anything, this community seems to be afraid of something they know little about. Assisted care facilities that specialize in dementia are vital to many families dealing with Alzheimer’s. (Anyone who has had a loved one with Alzheimer’s knows it affects entire families.)

See the full article here and let us know what you think. While appalling, it confirms the need to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s, which is one of the goals of the film Forget Me Not. What are some other ways to potentially educate communities about this disease that’s only going to continue to affect our growing number of senior citizens?

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/a-danger-to-the-community/

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Write Congress! Ask your Representative to support the National Alzheimer’s Project Act today!

By creating a National Alzheimer’s Project Office and inter-agency Advisory Council, this act will provide a national plan to address the prevalence of Alzheimer’s today.

Encourage your Representative to support this act that would give Alzheimer’s a campaign within the federal government. The importance of this act for the Alzheimer’s community is unprecedented, so write your members of Congress today.

See this website for a sample draft letter, details about the act, and how to contact your Congress members: http://bit.ly/9C2zoO

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Copper & Iron Linked to Alzheimer’s

New studies show that copper and iron may increase the chances of developing Alzheimer’s.

Although these metals are beneficial to you when you’re young, they slowly build up inside the body. After the age of 50, those in the top fifth in copper intake were three times as likely to lose cognition.

Some ways to lower copper intake:

  • Don’t drink water from copper pipes. Even one-tenth the amount of copper that is allowed in drinking water by the EPA can be detrimental.
  • Take Zinc supplements to lower copper levels.
  • Give blood when possible to lower iron levels in your blood.

To read more about this, you can check out the article here.

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