Weekly Dementia Community Calendar December 13, 2019

Make your New Year’s resolution to join a support group:

January 14 and 28, 11 – 12:30, 300 Office Park Drive, Suite 225
January 28, 6:30 – 8, Trussville First Baptist Church.

Super Bowl 2020 tickets will be raffled off to benefit Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, January 9, Aloft Lobby in Homewood.  For more information see here or vholder@alzca.org.

News to know:

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama 2020 calendars of Alzheimer’s art are available for $10.  They make great holiday gifts.  The calendar shines a light on central Alabama’s respite and adult day care centers.  Calendars can be purchased online and mailed to you.  www.alzca.org

Give a Holiday Carebasket!  Support families served by Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) by sponsoring a Christmas Dinner Carebasket with a donation of $25.  Each basket will be hand delivered to a family caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s by an ACA volunteer.  The basket will include ham, vegetables, fruit, dessert and household supplies.  Visit www.alzca.org/christmasbasket to make a donation.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is holding their annual Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest for college-bound high school seniors.  Applicants are asked to write a 1,200 to 1,500-word essay that describes the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned in light of coping with the brain disorder. The grand prize winner receives $5,000, with additional prizes awarded for runners up.  Submission deadline is Friday, January 17th, 2020. https://alzfdn.org/young-leaders-of-afa/scholarship-contest/

A December 11, 2019 Medical Xpress article spotlighted research on how our DNA changes as we age, and its relationship to developing Alzheimer’s disease. In a study on triplets, where two developed AD and one did not, scientists found that DNA ages as the body ages. The latest genetics research is finding that the DNA we die with isn’t necessarily what we received as a baby, which could relate to why two of the triplets developed Alzheimer’s and one didn’t. As we age, our DNA ages with us and as a result, some cells could mutate and change over time.

In March, Biogen and its partner Eisai stunned the Alzheimer’s world when it killed its large phase 3 clinical trials of aducanumab.  The drug — which had performed well in phase 1 and 2 trials — failed futility tests. In other words, the drug was not living up to expectations and was not working in combating Alzheimer’s.  Biogen has recently released new data indicating that study participants who had been on the highest doses of aducanumab for the longest time actually saw improvements in their cognitive test scores.  But there’s lots of complicated science dissecting the science. According to Phil Gutis who has been diagonosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, “Quartz has a readable piece, or, if you prefer to get your news via podcast, check out this clear take from StatNews.”    Or you can read his story in  being patient.  https://www.beingpatient.com/patients-notebook-biogen-trial/?utm_source=Being+Patient+Newsletter&utm_campaign=89e927affa-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_12_06_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_95b92454c1-89e927affa-109213217

A December 11, 2019 Medical Xpress article looked at a new study from Stanford University School of Medicine on the link between alcohol consumption and Alzheimer’s disease.

A December 12, 2019 UsAgainstAlzheimer’s statement acknowledged the expansion of legislation allowing federal employees 12 weeks of paid parental family leave. However, UsA2 urges Congress not to leave family caregivers behind.

A December 5, 2019 NIH National Institute on Aging article presented further evidence that treating high blood pressure reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementias.

Did you know? Planet Fundraiser is an app that lets you give back to non-profits, schools, and groups simply by taking a picture of receipts from merchants you already shop at.  You shop and participating merchants donate to the charity of your choice.  To date almost $1600 has been donated to ACA.