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MAY 2014 VOLUME II

It's All About The Hats!


Held on the first Saturday in May at Louisville's Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby draws an average of 150,000 well-heeled, well-dressed horse racing enthusiasts annually, each attendee more eager than the next to bet on the winning Kentucky Derby horse and to witness history in the making.


From Hollywood celebrities to members of the royal family and all the way down to general admission party goers whooping it up in the infield, attention to Derby style is a must. Hats have played an important role in the history of horse racing for centuries, dating as far back as the world famous Royal Ascot in the United Kingdom, where it is decreed that 'all guests within the Royal Enclosure adhere to a strict dress code: male attendees must wear full morning dress including a top hat, whilst ladies must not show bare midriffs or shoulders and must wear hats'.

It didn't take long for the royal dress code to catch on at the major racetracks in the United States. Albeit a less severe dress code than the Royal Ascot, Churchill Downs patrons taking in the Kentucky Derby in particular have been enjoying this respected tradition since 1875. Like the Royal Ascot, there are traditional Kentucky Derby fashion rules that you should follow if you want to fit in, whether you're planning on being in the Clubhouse, Paddock or the Infield.

For the men seated in Millionaires Row or the Clubhouse, generally acceptable attire includes solid color suits or tuxedos. Women seated in either location are expected to wear spring-themed hats and dresses in pastel colors.

Derby Day fashions have changed a lot over the years, but a hat – from fedora to fascinator – remains de rigeur on the first Saturday in May.

Kentucky Derby Lingo:
Mint Julep – The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. It is an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint, and a sweet syrup and is traditionally served in a commemorative Kentucky Derby glass.
Burgoo – A thick, meaty stew that is the traditional meal of the Kentucky Derby.
Millionaire’s Row – The premium seating area that houses all of the rich and famous Kentucky Derby guests during the races.
Triple Crown – A series of three races, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, that is run annually by a group of thoroughbred horses.
Derby Hat Parade – The derby hat parade takes place inside of Churchill Downs and refers to the sea of stylish and elegant hats worn by women and men alike during the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby Festival – The annual two-week series of events held in Louisville beginning with Thunder Over Louisville and leading up to the Kentucky Derby.
The Infield – The flat, grassy area inside of the track. The infield is best-known for hosting the largest Kentucky Derby party.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!

In This Issue

  • Exploring Genetics Behind Alzheimer's Resiliency
  • 600,000 Americans May Have 'Commonly Misdiagnosed' Alzheimer's Subtype
  • How To Make The Most On Mother's Day For Those With Alzheimer's Disease
  • Couples Love Strengthened By Challenge Of Alzheimer's **(an article not to be missed)
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions
  • Information On Clinical Studies

The Derby

- Kim Robin Edwards


Through the days of blistering toil.
A murmur of spirit after a blissful
trial.These were the emotions on this
endless day.Minutes later in single
file, were prints from hoofs in the
muddy soil.While easing toward
drudgery and withdrawal.The amazing
thoroughbreds entered their stall.
Jockeys clambered onto their colts.
As they were trained superbly, for
the oncoming derby.While over the
loudspeaker the narrator spoke.
Calling out numbers for only who was
there.Consider a victory and the
triple crown.Ready to gain-gain an
inch of ground.Thoroughbred racing
was the name of the game.Where
hesitating was nothing, and no
one to blame.Where multitudes of
spectators impatiently waited, for the
master racers to open the gate.A
photograph finish ended the race.
Beaten by a length-a length out of
pace.Was the thoroughbred racer
in second place..


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Exploring Genetics Behind Alzheimer's Resiliency

(Source: Science Daily) - Autopsies have revealed that some individuals develop the cellular changes indicative of Alzheimer's disease without ever showing clinical symptoms in their lifetime
Vanderbilt University Medical Center memory researchers have discovered a potential genetic variant in these asymptomatic individuals that may make brains more resilient against Alzheimer's.

"Most Alzheimer's research is searching for genes that predict the disease, but we're taking a different approach. We're looking for genes that predict who among those with Alzheimer's pathology will actually show clinical symptoms of the disease," said principal investigator Timothy Hohman, Ph.D., a post-doctoral research fellow in the Center for Human Genetics Research and the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center.

The article, "Genetic modification of the relationship between phosphorylated tau and neurodegeneration," was published online recently in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia.

The researchers used a marker of Alzheimer's disease found in cerebrospinal fluid called phosphorylated tau. In brain cells, tau is a protein that stabilizes the highways of cellular transport in neurons. In Alzheimer's disease tau forms "tangles" that disrupt cellular messages.

How To Make The Most On Mother's Day For Those With Alzheimer's Disease

(Source: The Oregonian) - Making Mother’s Day meaningful for a mother suffering Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenge for a daughter, son or other family member.


How much will be remembered depends on the stage of the disease, be it early, mid or late. Kristrun Grondal, program director for the Oregon chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, offers these suggestions: 
•Patients with impaired memories often respond to past events and to people they love.

•Use photographs of familiar objects as a way to initiate conversation. While your mom may not recognize you as an adult, she may respond to photographs of the person as a youngster. Talk about it in third person, as though you are not the child. 

•Music is a way to connect. Choose music from an era, or specific performers from the era, that the patient enjoyed. Sing along in a quiet setting, in a small group or one-on-one.

•Watch out for overstimulation, which can make the situation difficult. 


600,000 Americans May Have 'Commonly Misdiagnosed' Alzheimer's Subtype

(Source: Medical News Today) - Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the US, affecting more than 5 million Americans. But researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Florida say they have identified a subtype of the disease that is often misdiagnosed.

The research team, led by Dr. Melissa Murray, an assistant professor of neuroscience at the Mayo Clinic, says their study suggests that around 600,000 Americans may have this variant, which they call "hippocampal sparing" Alzheimer's disease.

To reach their findings, recently presented at the American Academy of Neurology's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, they analyzed 1,821 brains with confirmed Alzheimer's disease.

All subtypes of Alzheimer's have two specific hallmarks in the brain. Amyloid beta is responsible for the formation of brain plaques, while tau produces tangles in the brain.

In order to classify each subtype, the team used tangle counts to create a mathematical algorithm. They found that while all Alzheimer's subtypes had the same amount of amyloid beta, the hippocampal sparing variant showed tau tangles in unequal areas of the hippocampus.

Couples Love Strengthened By Challenge Of Alzheimer's

(Source: CBS Evening News) - Every Friday, Mike and Carol Daly have dinner at their local Italian restaurant. Tonight, they're celebrating Mike's 71st birthday.

Carol, also 71, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's over a decade ago. Mike cares for her full time, even bringing her to the public library, where he works. CBS News first met the couple in 2008.

"Can't watch movies," Carol said at the time. "Can't concentrate enough -- that went off, too."

No Clark Gable?

"Oh, so handsome," she said.

When we spoke again in 2011 and asked if she remembered Gable, Carol said she did but couldn't say who he was.

In 2012, asked what she couldn't do that she used to be able to do when she was well, Carol replied, "Out, out, out. I can't go out by myself."

Today, six years after our first meeting, Carol had trouble telling us her husband's name.


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Recipe Of The Week
There’s no better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by making your mom a delicious, healthy brunch. Take advantage of spring fruits and vegetables for a delicious Mother’s Day menu.
- Recipe From Eating Well
Whole-Grain Waffles With Cherry Sauce

Ingredients

Cherry Sauce
2 cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) pitted cherries (10-ounce package)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Waffles
2 cups white whole-wheat flour (see Note)
1/2 cup fine cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 cups low-fat or nonfat buttermilk
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

1.To prepare cherry sauce: Combine cherries, water, honey, cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens, about 1 minute. Set aside.
2.To prepare waffles: Preheat oven to 200°F; place a large baking sheet on the center rack.
3.Whisk whole-wheat flour (see Measuring Tip), cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Lightly beat eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla; whisk until well blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
4.Preheat a Belgian-style waffle iron. Lightly coat it with cooking spray. Add enough batter to cover about two-thirds of the surface (about 2/3 cup); distribute evenly with a spatula. Close and cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the waffles to the baking sheet to keep warm until ready to serve; do not stack. Repeat with the remaining batter, using more cooking spray as needed. Warm the cherry sauce over medium heat until hot and bubbling; serve with the waffles.

Tips & Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the sauce (Step 1), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. To serve, gently reheat. Tightly wrap the waffles and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in the toaster. Equipment: Belgian-style waffle iron
Ingredient note: White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available in large supermarkets and at natural-foods stores. (Or find it online from bobsredmill.com or kingarthurflour.com.) Store it in the freezer.
Measuring tip: We use the “spoon and level” method to measure flours. Here’s how it is done: Use a spoon to lightly scoop flour from its container into a measuring cup. Use a knife or other straight edge to level the flour with the top of the measuring cup.


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

May 5th - 12:00-1:00 pm - Alzheimer's Support Group / Brewton, AL

May 6th - 10:00-11:00 am - Alzheimer's Support Group / Pensacola, FL

May 7th - 9:00 am-2:00 pm - Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Training/ West Palm Beach, FL

May 8th - 11:30 am-4:00 pm - 20th Annual Alzheimer's Day / Chicago, IL

May 9th - 1:00 pm - Round To Remember Golf Classic / Beaumont, TX

May 10th - 2:00-5:00 pm - Alzheimer's Cafe Art Show & Community Forum / Sacramento, CA

CONGRATULATIONS TO NANCY FROM BRAIDWOOD, IL WINNER OF OUR APR TRIVIA CONTEST!!!

Take a guess at these trivia questions ..answers will be posted in next week's newsletter

1. Calvin Borel wil be looking to win his fourth Kentucky Derby this year when he gets aboard Ride On Curlin. One other currently active jockey has three Derby wins. Who is it?

2. Bettors always pay attention to the favorites, but we have seen plenty of horses deliver at long odds in recent years. How many favorites have won the race since 1980?

3. Rosie Napravnik will be aboard Vicar's In Trouble. It will be her third attempt in four years to become the first woman to ride a Derby winner. Recently, Jockey Chantal Sutherland was the regular rider of a future Derby winner as a two year old. Which horse was it?


**email your answers to contact@alzstore.com & include your name & address to be in the running for a free gift! Winner will be chosen at random at the beginning of each month... Thank you for participating in our trivia challenge!!

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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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