Watch: Recent Developments in Alzheimer’s Disease by Yaisa Andrews – Zwilling, Ph.D.

In this video, Yaisa Andrews-Zwilling, M.Sc. Ph.D. speaks about recent developments in Alzheimer's disease research, drugs and prevention.

How Recovering Long Term Memories May Be Possible

A study from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has produced evidence that contradicts the common belief that memories are stored at the synapses of brain cells. Their findings suggest that recovering long term memories from Alzheimer’s disease or an event such as a concussion may be possible. Learn more about this study and what […]

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Bay Area Volunteer Shares Experience and Caregiving Insights

I decided to volunteer after I did my first Walk to End Alzheimer’s last October. I was so uplifted. I felt such a sense of camaraderie. These were people who shared my experiences and had a common goal. I absolutely wanted to be more involved with these people and this cause. I signed up to volunteer right after the walk! I have not regretted one single moment – I have had the opportunity to attend a regional training event and the various committee meetings and I have never felt so welcome. The staff at the Alzheimer’s Association and the other volunteers have been amazing. I first learned about the Walk through Live Oak. I was on their team last year and this year I have formed a team at work – Team Synopsys - in hopes of garnering even more donations and exposure for the big event.

Alzheimer’s Could Be Prevented by Maple Syrup, Researchers Say

A recent study has found that Alzheimer’s could be prevented by a compound in maple syrup, finding that the product stopped the folding of two toxic proteins associated with the disease. Other researchers are cautioning against using maple syrup to boost brain health, due to is extremely high sugar content Learn more about the study and […]

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Caring for Aging Parents: You’re Not Alone

Transitioning an aging parent can be difficult, but know that you are not alone. The number of available options such as in-home caregiving and senior care facilities continue to expand as our nation becomes increasingly aware of the rising number … Read More

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Without a Cure, Alzheimer’s Could Bankrupt Medicare

While Alzheimer’s research has come so far in a few short years, there is still a long way to go. With studies focused on finding potential disease prevention methods and discovering new links to Alzheimer’s, researchers are hopeful that a treatment is on the horizon. Yet, the disease remains to be a leading cause of death with […]

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How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents

Being a caregiver is a change that can be difficult for both you and your loved one, that can become even more challenging while working with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Jacqueline Marcell, author of “Elder Rage,” offers tips on how to survive caring for aging parents during this time. Caring for Aging Parents with Alzheimer’s For eleven years I […]

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Brain Grown in Lab Used to Advance Alzheimer’s Research

Two scientists have developed a human brain generated from skin cells that may be used to make great advances in neuroscience research. Learn more about the development of the brain and what it means for the future of Alzheimer’s disease.  Creating a Brain to Advance Alzheimer’s Research A miniature brain the size of a pencil eraser […]

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Video Games for Brain Health

While the effectiveness of brain fitness games is heavily debated among researchers, one neuroscientist may have invented a video game with real staying power and results. His game, on its journey through FDA approval, uses multitasking to improve overall brain function and he hopes that, pending FDA approval, the game could be used to help people […]

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Reasons to Smile with Dementia

Fine artist Kathryn Harrison completed a series of artworks related to caregiving and dementia, in response to her personal experience with her mother’s disease. Learn more from Kathryn about her experience with the disease and her reasons to smile with dementia. Reasons to Smile with Dementia My mom was diagnosed with early-onset dementia shortly after my second […]

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“I REMEMBER” by Alexis Janosik

Alexis Janosik, age 14, wrote a poem about her grandfather, Mariano Cordoba, who she called “Ito” – short for “Abuelito”. Mariano was a professional Flamenco guitar player and music had been his life since...

Sharing Art Allows Medical Students to Connect to Dementia

After noticing that many of her peers were having a hard time relating to patients who had dementia, medical student Hannah Roberts decided to see if she could help break down the barrier. Partnering with her professor and organizing a trip to a local art museum showed changed attitudes and comfort levels among medical students. Learn more […]

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Can Moderate Drinking Prevent Alzheimer’s?

As researchers look for a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, studies are pointing towards the importance of diet and lifestyle choices in brain health. Two studies show that moderate alcohol consumption (meaning one to two drinks per day) may be beneficial for the brain. Learn more about two studies supporting moderate drinking […]

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Dementia Activities, Planning and Execution

Vanessa Emm, the Operations Trustee of the National Association of Activity Professionals, and Scott Silknitter, founder of R.O.S. Therapy Systems, share dementia activities and planning for your loved one. Learn more about how to execute these plans when caring for someone with dementia. Dementia Activities, Planning and Execution This is the last article in our series which […]

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Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity Brings Serious Attention to Alzheimer’s

Seth Rogen is best known for his role in slapstick comedies like “Knocked Up” and “Superbad.” But there’s another side to the actor, one that is fighting for Alzheimer’s awareness and raising funding for Alzheimer’s research. As Rogen watches his mother-in-law battle with the disease, he is raising funds and awareness through his organization “Hilarity […]

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Alzheimer’s and Intimacy

While it’s no secret that sexual relationships occur among seniors and even seniors with dementia, the topic still remains extremely taboo. A recent trial brought the subject to national headlines and now caregivers everywhere are faced with the question of consensual sex among aging adults with dementia When is dementia too far advanced for a person […]

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Manage Dementia’s Side Effects with These 7 Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for generations to ease symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia. Some caregivers are now using these trusted oils to ease anxiety, boost memory and improve the mood of loved ones living with dementia. Learn which oils are best suited for people living with dementia and how to use each oil safely […]

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Dementia Activities and their Benefits

Scott Silknitter, founder of R.O.S. Therapy Systems, shares dementia activities and their benefits, as well as insight to enhancing the quality of life of people living with dementia. Learn more from his discussion with Dementia Activities and Benefits There are many causes and types of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular, Lewy Body, Frontal Lobe and more. They […]

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On a Personal Note…Why I Walk (Steve Barbieri)

My name is Steven A. Barbieri. I will be 55 years old in November of this year, and I have dementia. I was diagnosed about three years ago, on Oct 18, 2012. That phone...

Senate Approves Landmark Increase in Alzheimer’s Research Funding

Alzheimer’s is one of the most deadly diseases in the United States that receives limited funding to put towards research efforts. However, the Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed a 60% increase in Alzheimer’s research funding, that, if passed into law, would be the largest increase in funding for the disease ever. National Plan to Address […]

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Benefits of Deep Brain Stimulation for Alzheimer’s

Deep brain stimulation is a neurosurgical procedure that has been shown to be an effective form of treatment for several disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. A new study found that deep brain stimulation may also be helpful when it comes to treating Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia Learn more about the treatment method and […]

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Living with Early-Onset Dementia

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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

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...