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MAY 2014 VOLUME I

Bayou Bend

Bayou Bend is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood.

Bayou Bend is home to one of the country's finest decorative arts collections. You can get a taste of aristocratic charm at Bayou Bend, the sprawling estate and cultural mecca in Houston’s Memorial Park. In 1927, legendary Texas philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg and her brothers saw promise in 14 swampish acres on the edge of Buffalo Bayou, just a few miles west of downtown. Today, Bayou Bend is a quiet oasis in the midst of this bustling metropolis and home to a spectacular collection of American decorative arts spanning more than two centuries.

Commissioned by the Hoggs to craft a residence reflecting the history and culture of the Texas Gulf Coast, legendary Texas architect John F. Staub designed Bayou Bend in the 18th-Century Georgian style that characterizes many antebellum plantations. He borrowed other elements from Southern architecture as well, such as the home's Spanish Creole stucco and wrought iron accents that evoke New Orleans' French Quarter. Several formal gardens inspired by goddesses of ancient mythology surround the home and served as “outdoor rooms” for the Hogg family, but per Miss Ima's wishes the rest of the estate was left in its natural state and remains so today.

For most of her life Miss Ima was known for her commitment to the arts, education and other philanthropic causes, a devotion that didn't stop at her front door. In 1957, this daughter of former Texas Governor James Hogg donated Bayou Bend and the thousands of antiques and furnishings she had collected there through the decades to the Museum of Fine Arts. But the “First Lady of Texas” continued to live at Bayou Bend for the next eight years, overseeing the home's transformation into a museum. Today, 28 of the mansion’s rooms depict specific periods in early American life between the early 1600s and the post-Civil War era.

The collection at Bayou Bend presently consists of approximately 4,700 objects that reflect historic and stylistic periods from 1620 to 1870 installed in some 28 period room settings that showcase American decorative arts from 1620 through 1870. Miss Hogg began assembling this important collection of American decorative arts in 1920. To provide suitable settings for these extraordinary antiques, Staub designed simple but stately interiors in the style of colonial American rooms.

In This Issue

  • Managing Most Troubling Symptons Of Dementia Lessen Use Of Drugs
  • New Approach To Alzheimer's Treatment Found In Novel Class Of Compounds
  • Senior Living Provider Finds "Dementia Tours" Help Family, Caregivers Relate
  • Alzheimer's & Cancer Link Found
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions
  • Information On Clinical Studies

“My dream is for Bayou Bend to serve as a bridge to bring us closer to the heart of an American heritage which unites us.”

- Ima Hogg

Age Of Discovery

2014 TEXAS STATE POET LAUREATE – DEAN YOUNG

On the 182nd day of the 34th year
of my education,
I wake to a snow that seems falling faster
than snow, so blossom-heavy,

but I know that classic experiment
atop the Tower of Pisa, Galileo’s proof
how, regardless of mass, all things drop
at the same rate. What falls falls,

I’d like to write, in continuous swoon
but that is only music just as
there is only music in the old claims
of soul leaving the body in a powdery
whoosh, an unwedging at the scapulas
scattering birds from belfry and roof,

a whir like radium half-lifting.
I’ve scoffed at the man who’s spent his life
trying to photograph ghosts, the woman
who teaches how to breathe from the tips
of toes but surely there’s a plethora
of forces bound and unbinding within us.

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Managing Most Troubling Symptons Of Dementia Lessen Use Of Drugs

(Source: Science Daily) - A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia may help reduce the use of antipsychotics and other psychiatric drugs in this population, and make life easier for them and their caregivers, a team of experts says.

Publishing their recommendations under the easy-to-remember acronym of “DICE”, the panel of specialists in senior mental health hope to spark better teamwork among those who care for dementia patients at home, in residential facilities and in hospitals and clinics.

In fact, the federal agency that runs Medicare and funds much dementia-related care has made the DICE approach an official part of its toolkit for reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs and other mental health medications in people with dementia.

Though these drugs may still help some patients, the new paper in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society says, many non-medication approaches could also help reduced unwanted behaviors, also known as neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia. But it will take teamwork and communication to do it.


Senior Living Provider Finds "Dementia Tours" Help Family, Cargivers Relate

(Source: Senior Housing) - Virtual “dementia tours” being offered by senior living provider Senior Star are giving caregivers and family members of those with dementia the opportunity to experience the effects of the struggles that come with dementia.

The new program being offered at Senior Star at Elmore Place in Davenport, Iowa, is working to help people understand what their aging counterparts are going through, reports local news source WQAD. The news channel sent one of its reporters to experience the program firsthand.

The program resembles the efforts ongoing at several “age labs” around the country, including the development of an aging suit called “AGNES” (Age Gain Now Empathy System) at MIT.

At Senior Star, the dementia tour involves simulating several disabilities such as vision impairment, arthritis and impaired hearing.

“When you walk in somebody’s shoes, you sometimes begin to better understand what they’re experiencing,” Marc Strohschein, executive director at Senior Star, told WQAD.

New Approach To Alzheimer's Treatment Found In Novel Class Of Compounds

(Source: Medical News Today) - Researchers publishing in the journal Nature Chemical Biology have described a new class of compounds, called "pharmacologic chaperones," which could aid in a completely new approach to how Alzheimer's disease is treated.

The team explains that a so-called retromer protein complex plays an important part in neurons by steering away amyloid precursor protein (APP) from a part of the cell where it is split, creating amyloid-beta - a potentially toxic byproduct regarded as a hallmark of Alzheimer's.

Led by Dr. Scott Small, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, the team used computer-based virtual screening to identify the new "chaperone" compounds.

They say these compounds can greatly increase retromer levels and decrease amyloid-beta levels in hippocampal neurons, and Dr. Small says their approach "may prove to be safer and more effective than conventional treatments for neurologic disease, which typically target single proteins."

Alzheimer's & Cancer Link Found

(Source: Texas Advanced Computer Center) - A team led by Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) scientists has found that Alzheimer's disease and cancer share a pathway in gene transcription, a process essential for cell reproduction and growth. They published their findings in December 2013 in the open access journal Scientific Reports by the Nature Publishing Group.

The scientists used the Lonestar and Stampede supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin to analyze and compare data from thousands of genes and to narrow the search for common cell signaling pathways of the two diseases. The Lonestar and Stampede systems are part of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a single virtual system that scientists use to interactively share computing resources, data and expertise. The research is supported by a gift from the T.T. and W.F. Chao Foundation, and by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Lead investigator Stephen Wong, a medical researcher and bioengineer with HMRI, said his study showed a new link between Alzheimer's disease, the most prevalent form of neurodegenerative disease, and glioblastoma multiform (GBM), the most aggressive form of brain cancer.

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Recipe Of The Week
Nanny's egg salad secret was the addition of finely diced sweet pickles and a bit of the pickling juice. The eggs should be very finely chopped and the bread should be good-quality white. (Hold the lettuce.)
- Recipe From Cooking.Com
Nanny's Sweet Pickled Egg Salad

Ingredients

6 hard-cooked eggs
1/3 cup finely diced sweet onion
1/4 cup diced sweet pickle
2 tablespoons or more pickling juice
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Salt to taste
1/2 loaf (6 to 8 slices) good-quality white bread, such as pain de mie

Directions

Peel and finely dice the eggs (approximately 1/4 inch thick); place in a mixing bowl. Add the onion and pickle. Mix in 2 tablespoons of the pickling juice and the mayonnaise. Sprinkle in the parsley and blend the ingredients together until well mixed. Season with salt.

For every sandwich, spread 2 slices of bread with a little extra mayonnaise, place a goodly portion of egg salad on 1 slice, then cover it with the other. Following tradition, the sandwiches should be a little tricky to eat. Serve with salted potato chips.


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

Apr 28th - 2:00 pm - Alzheimer's Cafe / Edmonds, WA

Apr 29th - 12:00-1:00 pm - Reason To Hope / Chicago, IL

Apr 30th - 1:30-4:00 pm - Conversations About Dementia / Spartanburg, SC

May 1st - 8:30 am-4:30 pm - Alzheimer's & Dementia Training Series / Columbia, SC

May 2nd - 1:30 pm - Yoga & Coffee Break / Minneapolis, MN

May 3rd - 9:00 am-4:00 pm - Garage Sale (proceeds provide home visits with Dementia Behavior Training) / Boise, ID

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2. What do the colors of the Texas (Lone Star) flag represent?

3. Who was the first European to explore the interior of Texas?


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INFORMATION ON CLINICAL STUDIES:

* The A4 Study is a clinical study for older individuals (ages 65-85) who have normal thinking and memory function but who may be at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) memory loss sometime in the future. The A4 study is for people without any outward signs of Alzheimer's disease, and is designed to evaluate the effectiveness, safety and tolerability of an investigational drug for AD. The purpose of the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study (the”A4 study” for short) is to test whether a new investigational treatment can slow the memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease. The overall goal of the A4 study is to test whether decreasing amyloid with antibody investigational treatment can help slow the memory loss associated with amyloid buildup in some people. The A4 Study lasts for three years, and participants will be assigned at random to receive either the investigational drug or a placebo and will be monitored over that period. / Learn more...

* NOBLE is a clinical study to evaluate an investigational drug for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. Participants will receive the study drug or a placebo. During this study, if you are already taking Aricept or Namenda, you will probably continue to take it along with the study drug or placebo. Studies already done have shown that this investigational drug appears safe. It may work by protecting brain cells which would result in improved memory. But, this has not been proven yet. / Learn more...

* SNIFF - The purpose of the SNIFF study is to find out whether a type of insulin, when administered as a nasal spray, improves memory in adults with a mild memory impairment or Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The rationale behind the study is growing evidence that insulin carries out multiple functions in the brain and that poor regulation of insulin may contribute to the development of AD. Insulin resistance, reduced cerebrospinal fluid insulin levels, and reduced brain insulin signals have been found in AD patients, suggesting that a therapy aimed at correcting these deficiencies may be beneficial. Learn more...

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