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The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland

The 1st and 18th fairways play along side each other, as groups finishing up and beginning their round here cross paths.

The Old Course at St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, is the oldest course in the world. The "spiritual home of golf" has hosted more British Opens than any other course, and the 17th hole—the Road hole—is arguably the most famous hole in golf. Despite its fame, the course is public and open to all. Any golfer worth his or her weight in golf clubs wants to play the Old Course at St. Andrews, the most famous one in the world. Golf has been played on this heathery patch of land on Scotland’s east coast since the 15th century. In addition to the Old Course, there are four more excellent 18-hole courses, one 9-hole course, and a practice center to accommodate golfers of all skill levels. The Old Course is embedded in the stormy North Sea dunes and is challenging to even the best of golfers.

The course features seven massive double greens. Each green is firm and undulating, making approach shots a true roller coaster ride, and the 17th and 18th hole make for one of golf's most storied finishes.

Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia

It's US competitor ~ No club has tinkered with its golf course as often or as effectively over the decades as has Augusta National Golf Club, mainly to keep it competitive for the annual Masters Tournament, an event it has conducted since 1934, with time off during WWII. All that tinkering has resulted in an amalgamation of design ideas, with a routing by Alister Mackenzie and Bobby Jones, some Perry Maxwell greens, some Trent Jones water hazards, some Jack Nicklaus mounds and swales and, most recently, extensive rebunkering by Tom Fazio.

Each spring, the venerable club in central Georgia is the site of the Masters, maybe the most revered tournament in the United States. Hot-pink azaleas bloom near the championship 18-hole and 9-hole courses. Three of the sport’s toughest and most famous holes are here: the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes together are known as “Amen Corner.” Winners are easy to spot, because they are given special green blazers.

In This Issue

  • Immunotherapy Approach To Alzheimer's Studied In Fly Models
  • Jury Still Out On Routine Dementia Screening For Seniors
  • Lubbock Blondes and Brunettes To 'Tackle' Alzheimer's Disease
  • Assistance Dogs For Alzheimer's & Dementia Patients
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions

April, Dear April
by: Mark Raymond Slaughter

April, dear April, I beg you come soon –
And bring your sweet primroses too.
Let them join in with the daffodils’ play,
As skies offer sunshine anew.

April, dear April, my blessed spring child,
Ornate in your yellow and white,
Teasing the birds into trilling their songs
And dancing to music of flight.

April, dear April, come enter my dreams
And rid me from cold winter chills.
Banish the rain and those blustery winds
And warm up our countryside hills.

April, dear April, I know you can’t stay -
You have to move on ‘till next year.
And though I shall cherish the glory of summer,
You’ll always be my month most dear.

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Immunotherapy Approach To Alzheimer's Studied In Fly Models

(Source: Science Daily) - Developing treatments that slow, if not halt, the neuronal loss and cognitive decline of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has proven to be a challenge. Among the scientists who have taken on that challenge are researchers at the University of Florida's McKnight Brain Institute in Gainesville, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model.

The scientists are investigating passive immunotherapy, one of the most promising approaches to blocking the amyloid-β42 (Aβ42) peptide, the main component of the amyloid plaques that damage the brain cells of patients with AD.
Monoclonal antibodies, the cornerstone of immunotherapy, do not easily penetrate the tightly packed cells of the blood-brain barrier. As alternatives to full antibodies, the University of Florida scientists generated transgenic flies expressing two anti-Aβ single chain variable fragments (scFv), known as scFv9 and scFv42.2.

Drosophila flies genetically modified to express human Aβ42 also co-expressed either scFv9 or scFv42.2. Each treatment reduced the loss of photoreceptor neurons due to Aβ42 toxicity and improved the insects' eye morphology. In addition, the flies' mushroom bodies, the brain structures involved in olfactory learning and memory, were protected.

Lubbock Blondes and Brunettes To 'Tackle' Alzheimer's Disease

(Source: WLox13) - Every year, the Alzheimer's Association of West Texas hosts their Walk to End Alzheimer's.

They've raised thousands of dollar to go toward care, support, and research efforts for the disease.

This year, Alzheimer's Association organizers are adding a new approach to fundraising by tackling Alzheimer's on the field by hosting an all women's football game called Blondes vs. Brunettes.

"This was the brain child of a young lady named Sara Abbott who is from Washington D.C. who had a father with Alzheimer's disease. She came up with the event and it's been extremely successful," Lubbock Alzheimer's Association Director Shannon Ramos said.

Every year cities like Dallas, Houston, and Washington D.C. hold the annual football game.

In Dallas last year, the event raised $350,000. Now, Ramos and her volunteers are bringing the game to Lubbock.

"We wanted to offer an opportunity in the community for young people to participate in something other than the walk. More of a fundraiser that would reach out to them," Ramos said.

Jury Still Out On Routine Dementia Screening For Seniors

(Source: Health Day News) - There's not yet enough evidence to support screening all older adults for dementia or a less severe condition called "mild cognitive impairment," according to a statement released Monday by the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Mild cognitive impairment is a type of mental decline that does not interfere with activities of daily life.

General screening tests for dementia typically involve health professionals asking patients to perform a series of tasks to assess memory, attention, language, and visual-spatial and executive function.

"We found there wasn't sufficient evidence to recommend for or against screening," said task force member Dr. Douglas Owens, a professor of medicine at Stanford University's Center for Health Policy.

"This recommendation applies to people who are completely free of symptoms," Owens said. "If someone has symptoms, they should be evaluated -- that's not screening in the sense we are talking about. We are talking about screening for people who have no symptoms whatsoever.

Assistance Dogs For Alzheimer's & Dementia Patients

(Source: Psychology Today) - The range of services provided by assistance and therapy dogs has steadily increased over the past few decades and it now appears that these canine service providers can add Alzheimer's and dementia assistance to their resume. While everybody is familiar with guide dogs for the blind, and there is a growing awareness of hearing assistance dogs and dogs that help people with limited mobility, the public is just becoming aware of the role of dogs providing help for individuals suffering from mental problems. One reason such dogs are becoming better known is because of the extensive media coverage of the study funded by the US Congress to determine the effectiveness of assistance dogs for war veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome.

Because of the effectiveness of contemporary healthcare, and increasing nutritional standards, populations living in developed countries are living considerably longer. One of the major problems for elderly individuals is the decline of cognitive ability and memory associated with Alzheimer's disease and various forms of dementia. For the United States estimates are that around 15% of people older than 65 will suffer from some form of dementia, and an additional 10% will suffer from Alzheimer's disease. This amounts to around 5.5 million people.

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Recipe Of The Week
Trick your friends with this April Fool's Day recipe… - Recipe From Food.com
April Fools' Day Cheeseburger Cake

1 (18 ounce) box white cake mix
3 egg whites (or as called for by your cake mix)
1/3 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
1 1/3 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
1 (18 ounce) box brownie mix
1/4 cup water (or as called for by your brownie mix)
1/2 cup oil (or as called for by your brownie mix)
2 eggs (or as called for by your brownie mix)
5 sugar cookies (4 inches wide)
1 (16 ounce) can vanilla frosting
red food coloring
yellow food coloring
10 spearmint candy leaves
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 (16 ounce) can milk chocolate frosting


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 8-inch layer cake pan. Prepare the box of white cake mix and bake according to the recipe. Cool on wire racks. Invert cakes on rack after 15 minutes and let cool completely.
Prepare the box of brownie mix, and bake as directed in the 8 inch layer cake pan. Cool for 15 minutes in pan, then invert and let cool completely.

"Tomato Slices" Place plain cookies on a wire rack set over wax paper. Put about 1/2 cup vanilla frosting in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until melted and smooth.Remove from heat and stir in red food coloring (and a bit of yellow if needed) until frosting is tomato colored. Brush or spoon on top and sides of cookies. Let stand at least 30 minutes until firm to the touch.

"Cheese" Spoon another 1/2 cup of vanilla frosting into a small bowl. Stir in yellow food coloring (and a drop of red if needed) until cheese colored. Cover to prevent drying.
"Lettuce" Sprinkle granulated sugar on a large sheet of wax paper. Working with 1 at a time, place spearmint leaves on the sugar and fold wax paper over, so the candy is sandwiched between the sugar and the wax paper. Roll with a rolling pin until flattened and edges are jagged. The candy will become very sticky, but the sugar should help it release from the wax paper.
“Buns” Put remaining vanilla frosting in a medium sized bowl. Stir in milk chocolate frosting and red and yellow food coloring, little by little, until frosting is the color of a hamburger bun. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. If well-rounded, best to cut off the hump, then put it upside down for the flat top. Cover with frosting. Arrange spearmint leaf "lettuce" on top and around edges of the bottom "hamburger bun". Place brownie cake on top of the “lettuce” using spatulas. Spoon "cheese" about 1 inch from edge of top of burger, letting some run down the sides. Top with "tomato" slices. If needed, now is the time to insert toothpicks through the brownie layer (leaving at least ¼” above the tomato cookies) to keep the cake layers from sliding off! Take the cake layer that rose the most for the top “bun”. Place cake on wax paper and frost with remaining bun colored frosting. Lift onto tomato topped burger.

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Mar 31st - 11:00 am-12:00 pm - Alzheimer's Support Group / Thomasville, GA

Apr 1st - 5:30-6:30 pm - Conversations About Dementia Workshop / Greenville, SC

Apr 2nd - 1:0-3:00 pm- Supporting Alzheimer's With Facts & Education Seminar/ Fayetteville, NC

Apr 3rd - 12:00 pm - Reason To Hope Luncheon/ Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, RI

Apr 4th - 12:00-1:30 pm - The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease / Chicago, IL

Apr 5th - 9:00 am - 2014 Alzheimer's Family Organization Support Walk / The Villages, FL


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1. Who won the US Masters in 1986 for a record sixth time?

2. What is the maximum amount of time allowed to look for a lost ball?

3. What type of golf clubs are used for long shots from the tee or fairway?

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