Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Dementia Community Info July 10, 2020

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Update -2020, ACA webinar, Wednesday, July 15 at 2 pm CST,  with David Geldmacher, MD, Professor and Warren Family Endowed Chair in Neurology, UAB, and director of the Memory Disorders Clinic.  The UAB Memory Disorders Clinic, provides state-of-the-art care for patients with a variety of neurological disorders affecting cognition and behavior, including age-related memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s-related cognitive impairment, vascular dementia, Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, and other related conditions.

Register in advance for this webinar.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  CEUs available for nurses and social workers. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N0hHdKw3QLKhljL0qvwdow

Following the live presentation, this webinar will be archived and available at  https://alzca.org/educational-materials/

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) is providing emergency assistance continence care.  ACA will provide 2 cases of continence products (with gloves and wipes if available), shipped to your home if you have a need for a loved one with dementia who requires continence care.  Apply online at https://alzca.org/continence/ or call (205) 871-7970

Calendar:

Making Alzheimer’s a National Priority, AFA webinar, Thursday, July 16th, 11 am CST.  In 2011, Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) calling for Alzheimer’s disease prevention, treatment, and care to be a priority for the United States and ordered creation of a National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease which, among other goals, called for development of a cure or modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6597981669781614605  

Memory Screening being offered digitally by AFA every Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 3 pm CT. Screenings will be conducted one-on-one through secure videoconference in real-time. Make an appointment: 866-232-8484.

The NIA 2020 Dementia Care, Caregiving, and Services summit virtual meeting series will offer online sessions July 21, and August 13.  Visit the summit website to view the agenda, register, and learn more about how to connect during the series.

Join the virtual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® 2020 (AAIC®), July 27-31.  It is an influential, international forum to advance dementia science.

Zoom Support Groups available online:

ACA’s Coffee Talk with Miller & Vance, Tuesday, July 14, 11 – noon CST.  Call (205) 871-7970 or mpiggott@alzca.org.

Join us on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88250086658

Alzheimer’s News:

A July 6, 2020 UsAgainstAlzheimer’s statement from UsA2 Chairman George Vradenburg addressed the proposed increase in federal dollars for Alzheimer’s research.  “The $2.9 billion in total Alzheimer’s research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposed by the House appropriations subcommittee is an extremely disappointing increase of only $35 million over last year… After major Alzheimer’s research appropriations increases over the past several years… our nation is seeing strong signs of progress. We now have the first Alzheimer’s drug in 15 years expected to be filed for FDA review this year. We remain hopeful for continued advances, but acknowledge that success depends heavily on financial commitments from Congress for Alzheimer’s research.”

On Being reports the settlement of a lawsuit involving brain health supplement Prevagen could be one of the largest consumer class settlements in the U.S., setting a precedent for better regulation against false advertising in the dietary supplements industry.
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A June 29, 2020 Psychology Today article explored the intersection between racial disparities and health equity in dementia care in the U.S. Author, motivational speaker and UsA2 advocate Loretta Veney experienced a blend of racism and ageism when receiving her mom’s dementia diagnosis. 

Being Patient reports researchers are urging COVID-19 patients to see a neurologist six to eight months after their hospital discharge if they are experiencing cognitive issues, like processing information more slowly or trouble focusing. “Every neurological symptom you can think of has been reported in patients with COVID-19 who are hospitalized,”
—Dr. Majid Fotuhi, an author of the recent study in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

A June 25, 2020 Healthy Women article looked at ways that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and environment can keep a brain cognitively fit, and decrease the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This is especially important for African American and Latino women. “African-Americans are roughly twice as likely to have the disease, and Latinos are one and a half times more likely.”

A new study has found that people who engaged in learning activities as children — studying foreign languages, being read to, looking at atlases, books and other learning materials, playing games that stimulate the mind — are more likely to have slower rates of cognitive decline later in life. According to a study in JAMA Neurology,  early-life cognitive enrichment was associated lower rates of not only cognitive decline, but of Alzheimer’s disease (though not with lower rates of other types of dementias), indicating that lifestyle factors in childhood could offer some protection against Alzheimer’s,

Alabama’s participation in the 2020 Census lags far behind other states. Our rural growth, Congressional representation, federal funding, and economic development are at stake. Low participation in the Census could have a negative impact on Alabama’s future.  There are only 10 questions and it takes about 5 minutes to complete.  Participate in the 2020 Census today at https://www.2020census.gov/.