Living with Early-Onset Dementia

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Kate Swaffer, author of: “What the Hell Happened to My Brain?” was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 49. She speaks with Alzheimers.net about her diagnosis today and shares an excerpt from her book with us. Learn more about the author and her experience living with dementia. Kate Swaffer: Living with Early-Onset Dementia […]

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Mikey Hoag: Calling on a Community to Raise Funds

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Nothing made Michaela (Mikey) Hoag of Atherton, California, feel more powerless than when her father, living more than 2,000 miles away on the East Coast, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Unable to help with...

Dagmar Dolby: Amplifying her voice as an Alzheimer’s Advocate

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Dagmar Dolby and her husband, Ray, sound pioneer and founder of Dolby Laboratories, led a charmed life. But it was one they eventually found disrupted and forever changed by Alzheimer’s disease. It began when...

Signs of Alzheimer’s Seen 18 Years Before Symptoms

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The results of a study from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago show that signs of cognitive impairment can be detected as early as 18 years before the disease is diagnosed. Learn more about this study and what it means for early detection of dementia. Signs of Alzheimer’s Seen Years Before Diagnosis A research team led by associate […]

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Detecting Alzheimer’s Decades Early

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Doctors and scientists stress the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to increase treatment options and slow its progression. Now, new technologies are detecting Alzheimer’s earlier than ever before. Learn more about why this is important and about the technologies that are changing the future of Alzheimer’s research. The Importance of Early Detection of […]

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Caregiver 101

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Caregiving 101 By Michael Plontz A family member has just been…

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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What’s With All of the “Walk” Talk? Ahh, summer, the season that lays claim to some of our nation’s favorite collective activities.  The heady scents of Hawaiian Tropic Suntan Lotion and chicken smothered in barbecue sauce cooking on the grill are in the air.  The rip and sputter of neighborhood lawnmowers starting accompany morning bird songs as the heat of the day signals a soundtrack change to the latest summer anthem heard via mobile concerto courtesy of the young people driving past the house with their car windows down and music turned up.  The time of year where the undulating click and hiss of a sprinkler head watering the lawn and cooling our warm skin with its’ intermittent spray, and an individually wrapped Popsicle of our very own can make just about any day a little bit better.  Nights under cool cotton sheets with a warm breeze blowing cricket chirps and frog conversations so close by through an open window that their sounds seem almost decipherable.  We tend to spend more hours outdoors in the summer than any other time of year.  We take more vacations and travel more frequently this time of year.  We seem to have fewer commitments and more possibilities. Summer provides a season perfectly suited for making memories.  Graduations, weddings, family trips, and first kisses.   For most of us, our favorite sun-drenched summer shenanigans, mundane moments and meaningful milestones are still accessible memories we can choose to call up whenever we want to revisit them.  Unfortunately for those coping with Alzheimer’s, those poignant pieces of personal history can be hard to retrieve. That’s why, for Alzheimer’s advocates across the country, summer is also the start of the “Walk Season.” The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® or “The Walk” as it’s affectionately known, is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Held annually year-round in more than 600 communities over all 50 states, the walk unites more than 450,000 participants in a walk designed in equal parts to raise as much awareness as increase needed dollars to support the fight against Alzheimer’s. If you’ve been following the news, you’ll note that just last week the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a historic 60% increase in research funding as an enhancement to the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act.  If passed into law, this would be the largest increase in Alzheimer’s funding to date, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. There is still a tremendous need for more funding to provide and enhance programs focusing on education and support, advance critical research studies into methods of treatment, prevention and ultimately, and most importantly, a cure. I can almost feel your eye roll as you read this… I know what you’re thinking, and I can relate.   It’s easy to feel the effects of “fund-raising fatigue” when it seems like everywhere you turn a worthy cause or organization is asking for financial support. You might be thinking, that if The Walk is the largest fundraising event for Alzheimer’s it sounds like they’ve already pretty much got it covered without us having to lace up our sneakers and cajole family and friends into donning matching purple shirts, for a stroll around a nearby landmark, right? Well, not so fast.   As it turns out, Alzheimer’s could use a lot more help in the awareness and financial resources area.   For starters, the proposed increase in government spending hasn’t passed yet and meanwhile deaths from Alzheimer’s disease rose a staggering 68% in the last decade to become the #6 cause of all deaths in the United States and the only cause of death in the in the list of top 10 without any cure or treatment and every 68 seconds someone new gets it. Also, not to be bitter, but according to a recent ranking of the Top 100 Non-Profit Fundraising Organizations, the Alzheimer’s Association (the only Alzheimer’s-related non-profit that even made the list) comes in at a disheartening 35th behind other notable causes such as the preservation of public radio, art museums, and libraries, and after maintaining our mountains, and behind ensuring the future of whales, panda bears and the boy scouts.   Every one of these top 100 non-profits are all wonderful organizations doing great work. In fact, we contribute what we can to several of the top 100 non-profits here in our house. In the weeks and months ahead as Walk Season takes hold there will likely be a steady parade of progressive pledge requests and tee-shirt sales circulars making their way into your social media feeds, inboxes and water cooler conversations. Before you feign a  particularly destructive computer virus or cite a selectively inoperative cell phone rendering you unable to respond to such appeals, please take a moment to think about where the funds everyone is trying so hard to raise actually go. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research, awarding over $335 million to more than 2,250 scientists since 1982, and through their partnerships and funded projects, has been part of EVERY major research advancement in the fight against Alzheimer’s over the past 30 years.  Their 24-hour helpline (1-800-272-3900) offers free information and advice by professionally trained staff to over 250,000 callers every year, they run over 4,500 support groups nationwide (an average of 90 in each state), curate the nation’s largest library and resource center devoted to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, deliver 20,000 education programs annually, and their comprehensive and interactive website connects people across the globe impacted by Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association is also the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. But they are just that – largely voluntary – and over one third of their annual revenue comes from the walks.  It might not seem like such a big organization needs a little help from people like us, but it’s the people like us that make it possible for them to offer a lot of the programs we count on them to […]

Nedra Brown – Why I Walk

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I walk… because like so many other caregivers, I have been through the agony of watching a loved one face Alzheimer’s and lose the battle. We, who have been through this, have seen the...

How Lifestyle Changes Can Help Reduce the Risk of Dementia

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Studies continue to show the impact that positive life changes can have on brain health, so the Alzheimer’s Association compiled simple and easy to follow steps for preventing cognitive decline and reducing the risk of dementia. Learn more about these steps and how they can help maintain, and in some cases improve, brain health. Tips to […]

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I Am More than My Diagnosis

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Tim, diagnosed with Frontotemporal dementia in 2012, living with HIV Working in information technology and then for many years as a part of a management team, my career was very important to me. At the end of 2009, however, I realized that I was having trouble focusing on my job, and one day after a [...]

Diet that mimics fasting may promote longevity and improve healthspan

Researchers have created a fasting-mimicking diet that they found increased lifespan and healthspan of mice and reduced risk factors linked to cancer, CVD and diabetes in humans.

Stories My Grandfather Told Me

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I am sitting at a dinner party in Deauville, France, listening to my grandfather recount stories I’ve heard him tell a thousand times before; times spent with Peter O’Toole in the desert, his love affair with Barbra Streisand and with other leading ladies, past exploits at card tables and racetracks. But this night is different. The stories are off; rich [...]

Alzheimer’s risk may be predicted by blood protein

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A study in twins has discovered a single blood protein that could indicate in advance the development of mild cognitive impairment, a disorder associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Cheri Taylor, Executive Director, Porterville Adult Day Services

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A discussion with Cheri Taylor, Executive Director of the Porterville…

New potential cause for Alzheimer’s: Arginine deprivation caused by overconsumption by immune cells

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Increasingly, evidence supports the idea that the immune system,…

Vascular dementia

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Vascular dementia Vascular dementia is the second most common…

Alzheimer’s disease

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Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease is the most common…

Dementia 101: Types of Dementia

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Dementia, Alzheimer's, senility, forgetfulness. All of these…

What is dementia? The signs, symptoms and causes of dementia

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Dementia is a term used to describe various symptoms of cognitive…

What causes dementia

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All dementias are caused by brain cell death,1 and neurodegenerative…

Adult Day Centers

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Adult day centers offer people with Alzheimer's and other dementias the…

Alzheimer’s Care Schaumburg IL

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In Their Own Words

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In April 2013, Vern Gillmore was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. When Vern first started to experience the warning signs, he was not prepared to hear the words “Alzheimer’s disease.” Today Vern and his wife and care partner Karen are working together to educate others about the disease while facing their daily challenges head-on. They [...]