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In 2011 the Alzheimer’s Association held 132 public input sessions around the country, giving the Alzheimer’s community an opportunity to shape the development of the National Alzheimer’s Plan. Tens of thousands of Americans participated. In the end, the sessions were about more than providing input; they were about affecting change and engaging state and federal lawmakers. The result of the input from attendees became the bedrock for the Plan and helped make Alzheimer’s a national priority.
This summer, the Alzheimer’s Association is again hosting community events that will help to create better public policy, and allow the Alzheimer’s community to publicly voice their opinions about what is needed to create a world without Alzheimer’s. The National Alzheimer’s Plan has been released, so events will focus on ensuring that Congress
provide the resources necessary for aggressive implementation of the Plan and that state leaders continue to support the Alzheimer’s community through strong policy. Our legislators need to hear from you! Alzheimer’s can’t wait.
The Charlotte Alzheimer’s Town Hall Meeting is schedules for Tuesday evening, August 28, at 6:30 pm at The Ivy Adult Day Care on Park Road South. For more information about the meeting, click here.
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Alzheimer’s disease afflicts nearly half of the people in the U.S. who are over 85, but new research is giving new hope.
According to an article in Psych Central, researchers recently found that a protein involved in Alzheimer’s binds to cholesterol. That means new therapies for the disease could be on the way. The protein involved with Alzheimer’s, called an amyloid-beta, clumps together and that kills neurons, which then causes memory loss and dementia. The new research at Vanderbilt University has found that one of the pieces that make up amyloid-beta may be binding to cholesterol. Researchers have believed for a long time that there is a connection to cholesterol and Alzheimer’s, and now they may understand the mechanisms better. The hope is now that they can come up with a way to keep the cholesterol from binding with the precursor-protein, stopping from amyloid-beta in the first place. This is hopeful news to all the seniors and their families currently coping with Alzheimer’s disease. These answers could be years away, but Homewatch CareGivers has ways to help right now. We exclusively offer Pathways to Memory. Part of this is Specialized Dementia Care, where intensively-trained caregivers strive to increase the quality of life and provide a More >
Caregivers are susceptible to stress and stress-induced illnesses that can range from mild to life threatening. Stress can hit a person caring for a loved one with dementia because the person they care for changes throughout each day and on a day-to-day basis as the illness progresses. The Alzheimer’s Association has a list of the 10 symptoms of caregiver stress, as well as an online “Caregiver Stress Check” quiz that ends with helpful resources. Among the signs of caregiver stress are depression, exhaustion, anxiety, and simply not feeling good. While there are support groups and a hotline to call, the Alzheimer’s Association also recommends that someone experiencing these symptoms call their doctor for a checkup. The idea of making time for oneself while being a full-time caregiver can seem like another stressful task to put on the list, but many of the tips to reduce stress can be done in the home: – Be physically active each day. The Alzheimer’s Association suggests 10 minutes of exercise daily can be beneficial—even if it’s just a short walk, gardening, or dancing. – Eating better is both good for the caregiver and their loved one with dementia. It can be an opportunity to try new More >