Brookdale University Park’s walk team is hosting a Curbside Lunch Pick up on Friday October 8 from 11:30 am until 1 pm. The menu includes pimento cheese, chicken salad, mini croissants, crackers, fresh fruit, and assorted cookies. Each package costs $25 and will feed 2-4 people. Reserve yours today at https://alzca.org/brookdaleupcares
Webinar, ABCs of Mental Heatlh, Wednesday, October 6, noon – 1. See attached flyer for registration link. Presented by Right at Home.
Alabama Respite Webinars, register at alabamarespite.org:
- Signs of Depression, Oct. 2, 10 am
- Stages of Caregiving Part 1, Oct. 7, 1 pm
- Dealing with Difficult Behaviors, Oct. 8, 10 am
In-person and zoom Support Groups:
- ACA’s Coffee Talk with Miller & Vance, Tuesday, October 5, 11 – noon CT. Call (205) 871-7970 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86450491838
- CJFS CARES, Mondays at 3 pm, contact Pam Leonard, email@example.com.
- Founders Place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Tuesday’s at 10 am, contact Susan Logan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pell City, (in person)-1st Tuesday of each month, 11:00 am, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Parish Hall, Cropwell. Contact Bit Thomaston, Ethomaston50@gmail.com
- West Alabama Area Agency on Aging, Caregiver Support Group, Tuesdays, contact Nikki Poe, email@example.com.
- The Oaks on Parkwood, 4th Tuesday’s, 10:00 am, Contact: Karen Glover, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CJFS CARES, Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, contact Pam Leonard, email@example.com.
- Leeds, (in person) 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm, St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, contact Bit Thomaston,firstname.lastname@example.org
- United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County, 3rd Tuesday of each month 11:30-12:30, contact Valarie Lawson, email@example.com
- Asbury United Methodist Church 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 1:00, contact Maggie Dunaway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is new evidence from two studies by investigators at Rush University in Chicago that cognitive and physical activities can make a real difference in the development of Alzheimer’s disease — the most common cause of dementia. These studies are important because they show that, despite an equivalent amount of Alzheimer’s pathology (measured at autopsy in the first study and by blood in the second), individuals who were more cognitively and physically active were able to delay their clinical Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and cognitive decline. This means that even if you are likely by family history — or bad luck — to develop Alzheimer’s disease at some point in your life, you can delay the onset of the disease by staying cognitively and physically active, and you can start at any age. Can physical or cognitive activity prevent dementia? – Harvard Health
Japanese drugmaker Eisai Co has started the application process with the FDA for its experimental drug, lecanemab. Eisai is using the same accelerated approval pathway it used, with its partner Biogen Inc, to win U.S. approval of Aduhelm in June. The authorization of Aduhelm has come under heavy fire. Eisai hopes to show that lecanemab removes brain plaques to an even greater degree than Aduhelm, with lower rates of brain swelling. Eisai, Biogen Start US Accelerated Approval for New Alzheimer’s Drug (medscape.com)
Adherence to the MIND diet can improve memory and thinking skills of older adults, even in the presence of Alzheimer’s disease pathology. The MIND diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, the MIND diet includes green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts, berries, beans, and whole grains and limits consumption of fried and fast foods, sweets, and pastries. The study was published online September 14 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
A small, new study suggests driving problems maybe an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that behaviors such as driving well under the speed limit, avoiding driving at night, frequent accelerations and braking, and other unusual driving patterns may be a sign the driver is at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, years before more traditional symptoms like memory loss and thinking problems become apparent. Erratic Driving as an Early Indicator of Alzheimer’s Disease | Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (alzinfo.org)
Did you know there are over 100+ different types and forms of dementia? These dementias have several things in common: they are all chronic, progressive, terminal, and cause deterioration of at least two parts of the brain. Yet, they have important differences. It’s Not Just Alzheimers – Understanding the 5 Most Common Types of Dementia – Positive Approach to Care (teepasnow.com)
Living near a noisy road or train route may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Researchers from Denmark followed 2,000 older adults over 10 years and found that exposure to the highest noise levels was associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease. In general, the higher the noise levels, the greater the risk. Train and Traffic Noise May Raise Alzheimer’s Risk | Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (alzinfo.org)
To mark World FTD Awareness Week 2021, AFTD has worked with the international coalition World FTD United to put together a Global Conversation on FTD. Starting this Saturday, October 2nd, you can tune into this Global Conversation any time to watch 4 hours of videos of people and families affected, health professionals, and researchers. www.WorldFTDUnited.net.