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VOLUME XIII

 

              Alex Katz's 1969 lithograph, "DayLily II"

 

Katz began painting flowers in profusion, covering canvases in blossoms similiar to those he had first explored in the late 1960s when he painted large close ups of flowers in solitude or in small clusters. 

 

                                    The Red Smile

 

He's one of the very few living artists with a highly recognizable style & people adore his work. His approach draws inspiration from the boldly colored billboards of the 1960s and movies. These were a series of large paintings that used bright color on large canvases. His technique reflected the pop art and culture of the time, including advertising and panoramic film. Katz painted people - often his wife and muse Ada and their circle of friends and others in the artistic community. He painted with broad, flat strokes and made great use of color. 

 

In This Issue

 

  • Could Alzheimer's Disease Be Stopped Before First Symptons Appear?
  • Carey Mulligan Speaks Of Her Grandma's Dementia
  • The Other Side Of 50
  • A Genetic Answer To The Alzheimer's Riddle?
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions

 

 

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Could Alzheimer's Disease Be Stopped Before First Symptons Appear?

 

(Source: Huff Post) -  Currently, there's no known way to prevent Alzheimer's disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. 

 
But a new study has identified what may be the earliest known biomarker associated with the risk of developing Alzheimer's. Indeed, this potential biomarker appears to be present in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) at least a decade before signs of Alzheimer's first appear.
 
"If our initial findings can be replicated by other laboratories, the results will change the way we currently think about the causes of Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Ramon Trullas, research professor at the CSIC Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona and lead author of the study that was published in Annals of Neurology, in a press release. "This discovery may enable us to search for more effective treatments that can be administered during the preclinical stage."
 
The identification of biomarkers is increasingly important. Finding an ideal biomarker could help distinguish Alzheimer's from other types of dementia. And this is key because treatment for these various forms of dementia could differ.
 
The CSIC researchers showed that a decrease in the amount of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in CSF may indicate Alzheimer's; furthermore, there may be a real cause-effect relationship. The hypothesis is that decreased mtDNA levels in CSF reflect the diminished ability of mitochondria -- or the energy factories of the cell -- to power the brain's neurons, causing their death. The decrease in the concentration of mtDNA precedes the appearance of well-known biochemical Alzheimer's biomarkers (the Aβ1-42, t-tau, and p-tau proteins), suggesting that the progression of Alzheimer's starts earlier than previously thought and that mtDNA depletion may be one of the earliest signs of the disease.
 
 
 

The Other Side Of 50

 

(Source: Moorpark Acorn) - There came a time in our marriage when my husband, Peter, did something so extraordinary that I fell in love with him all over again.

 
You might think it was a grand gesture, like a surprise trip to Italy or a diamond necklace. It wasn’t. It was something so simple, yet so profound.
 
Peter joined me in my caregiving journey.
 
He didn’t have to. I was the one who had signed up to care for our elderly neighbors Fred and Hildy. But of course I had no idea at the time what that meant.
 
Over time, rides around town and grocery shopping gave way to financial planning for long-term care; that’s when Peter stepped in. But the gesture that really gave me pause was more human than financial.
 
Hildy had passed away and Fred was recovering from a stroke. Fred had progressed from the hospital to rehab but was not well enough to come home. So the next stop was a skilled nursing facility until he could regain strength and mobility.
 
Fred had really wanted to come home. It was all becoming too much for him. He was emotionally and physically exhausted, and confused. Peter and I were his only lifeline to normalcy.
 
 

 

Carey Mulligan Speaks Of Her Grandma's Dementia

 

 
(Source: Alzheimer's Society) - The Great Gatsby actress, Carey Mulligan, spoke candidly about her grandmother's dementia on BBC Breakfast this morning (Thursday 15 August, 8.40am).
 
She was also urging viewers to join the fight against the condition by signing up to Alzheimer's Society's flagship fundraising event, Memory Walk.
 
Talking to presenters, Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt about her grandma, 'Nans', who is 87 and living at a care home in Wales, Carey said:
 
'My grandma has dementia and is in a brilliant home in Wales, Pontardawe. I think we started noticing signs of dementia about 12 years ago when I was about 15, 16.
 
'I started to realise she was forgetful about things that I knew she would be passionate about and remember. She was a geography teacher and so she was always really interested in my education and what I was studying. I remember picking my A-Levels and I told her what I was doing and she started not remembering what [the subjects] were and I thought, you love education and you are really excited about what I'm going to do, and she couldn't remember them.'
 
Speaking about visiting her grandma in her care home for the first time, Carey said:
 
'The first time I went into the home and I sat talking to Nans, she had trouble communicating. I could talk to her, but often, other people in the home would try and talk to me or try to start a conversation and I would feel immediately nervous and think am I going to mess up this conversation because it's slightly difficult sometimes. It can be a little bit challenging talking to somebody with dementia if you're nervous - you don't want to be patronising and I think a lot of people feel that.
 
 
 

 

 
(Source: Science Daily) - What if we could pinpoint a hereditary cause for Alzheimer's, and intervene to reduce the risk of the disease? We may be closer to that goal, thanks to a team at the University of Kentucky. Researchers affiliated with the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have completed new work in Alzheimer's genetics; the research is detailed in a paper published today in the Journal of Neuroscience.
 
Emerging evidence indicates that, much like in the case of high cholesterol, some Alzheimer's disease risk is inherited while the remainder is environmental. Family and twin studies suggest that about 70 percent of total Alzheimer's risk is hereditary.
 
Recently published studies identified several variations in DNA sequence that each modify Alzheimer's risk. In their work, the UK researchers investigated how one of these sequence variations may act. They found that a "protective" genetic variation near a gene called CD33 correlated strongly with how the CD33 mRNA was assembled in the human brain. The authors found that a form of CD33 that lacked a critical functional domain correlates with reduced risk of Alzheimers disease. CD33 is thought to inhibit clearance of amyloid beta, a hallmark of Alzheimers disease.
 

 
 

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Recipe Of The Week      
This dish has a flavor so exquisite that it defies this very simple preparation. Once people taste these clams, they can never get enough. Grilled Clams are best made with small, special count littlenecks (about 1 1/2-inches wide). It's really easy, you put the clams directly over the hot fire and as soon as the shells pop open, you must take them off the grill or they will burn right through the shells. Place them right onto a bed of rock salt to hold them steady and spoon a few drops of sauce on each clam. If you are using a Great Grate, you can just remove the grate; no rock salt is needed. For equipment you will need a grill, grill brush and a pair of long tongs. The "Great Grate" is optional, but makes the job much easier.                                                    

Grilled Clams With Garlic Butter  

    

Ingredients
 1 1/2 pounds littleneck clams, well scrubbed (about 24) 
8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, divided 
4 large garlic cloves, minced (about 3 tablespoons) 
1/4 cup white wine 
1/4 cup heavy cream 
2 tablespoons minced chives 
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
 
Directions
Preheat a grill or Great Grates over medium heat. 
 
Scrub and rinse the clams. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. 
 
To make the sauce:
 
Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a 1-quart saucepan over low heat until it is foamy. Add the garlic and saute, stirring, until it is fragrant but does not color, about 30 seconds. Add the white wine and heavy cream, increase the heat to medium-high and reduce by half, about 8 minutes. Add the remaining butter 1 piece at a time, whisking constantly, until the sauce is shiny, emulsified, and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the chives and season with salt and pepper. Keep the sauce warm until ready to serve. 
 
Set up the littleneck clams on the grill or Great Grates or place them directly on the grill. Cook the clams without turning them. As soon as the clams pop open, after 8 to 10 minutes, transfer them carefully with tongs to a platter (or plates) of rock salt. If you are using a Great Grate, this won't be necessary. Use the tongs to pry off the top shells. Spoon 1 teaspoon sauce over each clam and serve immediately. 
 
 
                                                                                       
 

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Events Calendar: (if you would like to list your upcoming event, email us at contact@alzstore.com)

 

Aug 21st - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm - Hofstra University Aging IN Place Suburbia Conference & Expo / Hempstead, NY

Aug 21st & 28th 5:30-7:30 pm - Alzheimer's & Dementia Lecture Series / Escondido, CA

Aug 21st - 1:00-3:00 pm - Living With Alzheimer's / Farmington, MI

Aug 24th - Alzheimer's Riding For The Memory / Racine, WI

Aug 24th - Walk to End Alzheimer's / Sterling, CO

Aug 24th - Shop For A Cause / Providence, RI

Aug 28th 5:00-8:00 pm CDT - Fun-Raiser To SupportAlzheimer's Association / Schaumburg, IL

 

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1. The technological device that produce images on television screens is called a CRT which stands for what?
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3. Which explorer wrote the books; in 1878, Through The Dark Continent and in 1890, Darkest Africa?

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