ACA’s Weekly Dementia News, October 16, 2020


Walking to Remember goes virtual as we “Move for Your Memories” to emphasize the importance of exercise and brain health.  Here are easy Steps to support ACA’s services, education and research:

  • Register your Team
  • Wear your Team Captain T-shirt
  • Post your picture on social media
  • Organize your team
  • Ask for donations for ACA

Get MOVING for Your Memories anytime from Sunday, November 1 thru Saturday, November 7.

Turn in your tax deductible donations early and pick up your t-shirt curbside or join us Saturday November 7, for a “Drive By” celebration with music, food and fun for the whole family, 10 – noon at our office in Homewood, (300 Office Park Drive).

“Moving for Your Memories” donors receive a short-sleeved shirt with a minimum $50 donation or a long-sleeved shirt for a minimum $75 donation.  All t-shirts are 100% cotton, comfort colors and will be available while supplies last.

UsAgainstAlzheimers is hosting the 2020 virtual National Research Summit, October 19-21, here is the registration link

Emotional Wellness webinar, October 20, 10 – noon CT,

Bridging the Family Communication Gap, October 20, noon CT, with Eboni Green, Registered Nurse and caregiver

Non Motor Psychiatric Features of Parkinson’s Disease, October 20, 6:00 pm CT, with Ericka McCoy MSN, CRNP, John Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Center

Navigating Early on-set Alzheimer’s, October 21, 9:00 am CT, with Diane Darby Beach Ph. D, MPH, gerontologist

This is How we Die, October 27, 1:00 pm CT, with Barbara Karnes, RN, the former Director of Olathe Medical Center’s Hospice and Home Health departments, and is the author of “Gone From My Sight,”

Medication Management webinar, October 27, 1:30 CT,

Navigating Healthcare during uncertain times, October 27, 6:00 pm CT, with Christy Baynes, President and Lead Geriatric Care Manager of Life Care for Seniors, Inc

Stress Management / Isolation and COVID, October 28, noon CT,

Visit AFA’s Facebook page to take part in fun online programs.  Enjoy art, music and movement.   Programs can be viewed at any time during or after the event.

Zoom Support Groups available online:

Alzheimer’s News:

A recent survey by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s found that two thirds of respondents from the Alzheimer’s community intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available — nearly double the percentage of the general population.
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French researchers are watching a village in France designed specifically for people with dementia to see whether this care model can help to slow the advance of the disease.  The World Economic Forum shares a recent video about the village and whether it offers value for the money.  With a grocery shop, a hair salon, a coffee parlor, music recitals and more, the village is an experiment by researchers and the French government in providing autonomy to people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and measuring the positive effects that may come from a sense of normalcy and routine. This village in France is an example of efforts to improve the quality of life for the growing number of people who are living with the disease. Learn more

 Obstructive sleep apnea, affects up to roughly one in three older adults. People with the condition stop breathing for brief periods during sleep due to the narrowing or closing of the airway as their muscles relax.  Beyond the problems of loud snoring and poor quality of sleep, obstructive sleep apnea may also tell us something about the brain. Researchers found that the more severe people’s obstructive sleep apnea, the more likely they are to have a higher burden of beta-amyloid plaques in the hippocampus.

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As too many families know, there are no treatments for frontotemporal degeneration (FTD).  On March 5, 2021, AFTD will host a Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting with Representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Engaging the FDA presents a chance for the FTD community to speak directly with the federal agency that regulates every prescription drug that enters the market.  To shape the meeting’s agenda, AFTD is partnering with the FTD Disorders Registry to conduct an FTD Insights Survey. The anonymous survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

Air pollution is linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, respiratory disease, cancer and early death. It has also been tied to detrimental brain changes typical of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Now a new study reports that eating fish may help protect the brain against the damaging effects of air pollution.

The American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging worked with the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Memory Center on a guide, Assisting Cognitively Impaired Individuals with Voting: A Quick Guide. The Guide provides tips on assisting people who may have cognitive impairments with voting, along with examples of how to respond to challenges as effectively as possible and within the limits of assistance permitted by election laws.