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eNews April 2016 Volume I

IN THIS ISSUE:

eNews Promotions

Latest Articles

Favorite Birds To Watch

Poetry Reading

Recipe Of The Week

Events Calendar

Trivia Challenge

Clinical Studies

Aging In Place Associate

Alzstore eNews Researches Articles That We Feel Are Informative Not Only For The Alzheimer's and Dementia Community But For Senior Care As Well ..hope you find them as beneficial as we do!!

Caregivers Often Give Up Necessities To Cover Alzheimer's Costs

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease means caregivers often skimp on their own food and medical care, and even sell their belongings to support their loved one, a new report shows. (read more at Health Day News)

Imitating Movements Could Help Alzheimer's Patients

While there is no cure, new research shows that patients with Alzheimer's can still benefit from both physical and cognitive rehabilitation, and that mimicry may be a useful tool to help them regain lost abilities. (read more at Science Daily)

When Dementia Upends A Marriage: Inside The Emotional Journey

Four people talk about their spouses' dementia diagnosis and how they coped as the disease progressed. (read more at USA Today)

Could Memory Loss Be Caused By An Individual's Weight?

Having a big belly can be cause for concern for a number of health reasons like heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And now, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge, a bigger belly may also signal trouble for your brain. In a study, overweight participants scored 15% lower on memory recall tests than normal-weight people.(read more at Fox News)

Skyrocketing Rents Squeeze Senior Citizens

Finding affordable rentals can be a challenge for anyone living in major metropolitan areas. But senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to market forces.(see video at Wall Street Journal)

EVENTS CALENDAR:

Apr 4th 6:00-7:00 pm Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body / W Babylon, NY

Apr 5th 3:30-5:00 pm Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group / Windsor, VT

Apr 6th 7:30-9:30 pm The Basics: Memory Loss, Alzheimer's and Dementia / Richmond, VA

Apr 7th Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support Group / Casper, WY

Apr 8th 2-3 pm The Basics: Memory Loss, Alzheimer's and Dementia / Stronghurst, IL

Apr 12th 3:00 pm Alzheimer's Support Group / Long Beach, CA


CLINICAL TRIALS:

Participating in a clinical trial or study helps medical researchers find new ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer's and other diseases, and could help future generations lead healthier lives. Here are some listings:


CONNECT~AZD0530 (saracatinib) was originally developed as a cancer therapy but may hold greater promise as an Alzheimer's treatment. In this Phase II clinical trial, participants will be randomly assigned to take either the oral study drug or a placebo for 1 year. The study requires at least four visits during screening and 13 or 14 visits during the treatment period. Learn more...

A4~The A4 study is a Phase III clinical trial for cognitively normal older adults whose brain scans show evidence of amyloid buildup, which places them at risk for memory loss and cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease. The study will test the safety and efficacy of solanezumab, a monoclonal antibody, to see if it slows memory and cognitive decline and affects the buildup of amyloid plaques, as shown by brain imaging and other biomarkers. Participants will take either the study drug or a placebo as a monthly intravenous infusion for 3 years. Learn more...

The Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN). DIAN is an international research partnership of leading scientists determined to understand a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease that is caused by a gene mutation. Learn more..


SNIFF~A Multi-Center, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Phase II/III Study to Evaluate the Impact of Nasal Inhaled Insulin in Participants with Mild Memory Impairment and early Alzheimer’s Disease. Learn more...

LEFFTDS~This observational study will enroll people from families affected by familial frontotemporal dementia. At least one relative must have a known mutation in the MAPT, PGRN, or C9ORF72 genes. Learn more...

To find clinical trials near you, click here....

Aging In Place Professional:

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Keys Contracting Services offers a wide variety of specialty services and products to general contractors and to municipal, industrial and commercial customers.

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FDA Approved Medications To Treat Alzheimer's Disease:

>Namenda® (memantine)
>Razadyne® (galantamine)
>Exelon® (rivastigmine)
>Aricept® (donepezil)

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Favorite Birds For Bird Watchers

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are the jewels of the bird world. Brilliant, flashing colors, hovering in mid air, and darting from flower to flower with acrobatic style. They are fascinating to watch with their iridescent colors.
Early Spanish explorers to America aptly named them Flying Jewels. They got the name Hummingbird from early colonist because of the buzz of their fast moving wings. The scientific name Trochilidae comes from the Greek word Trochilos which means small bird.
Plumage is the first thing that makes these little birds stand out. Brilliant colors let them blend in with the flowers they frequent giving, them some protection from predators.
The hummingbird is the smallest bird and also the smallest of all animals that have a backbone. They have no sense of smell. Since the hummingbird can rotate its wings in a circle, they are the only bird that can fly forwards, backwards, up, down ,sideways and hover in mid air.
Hummingbirds are found only in North America and South America. They will feed 5 to 8 times every hour for 30 to 60 seconds at a time. The large portion of a hummingbirds diet is sugar which they get from flower nectar and tree sap. They also eat insects and pollen to get protein to build muscle. The hummingbird sounds are of two types, vocalizations and the sounds their wings make. Hummingbirds lack a true song. Most of their vocalizations consists of chirping hummingbird sounds. Hummingbirds frequently vocalize to attract a mate or when they are excited.They are named for the humming sound they make through the rapid movement of their wings, when they are in flight.
Torpor is a hibernation-like state that the hummingbird can enter to help conserve energy. While in a state of torpor, the humming bird will lower its body temperature by about 20 degrees and up to 50 degrees. This will help the bird conserve energy on cold nights or anytime that food might be scarce.They will find a tree in an area that offers some protection, where they will perch on a tree branch to sleep. Fir trees are trees that are thick and offer protection from the elements, that hummingbirds like to use. The hummingbird will grasp the branch with its feet and go into a state of torpor to help conserve energy while it sleeps.

See them in flight here...

A Robert Frost Hummingbird Poem

A Prayer In Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stand still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

An Addition To Our Product Line:

Item #0043 Digital Calendar Day Clock

This calendar day clock enables those with Alzheimer's and other forms of Dementia, to have a better perception of the time of day. Rather than displaying the time, the clock displays a period during the day or night, along with the actual day. This digital calendar day clock features a large, bright and clear display that can be seen from across the room. It's bold and clear display is helpful for the vision impaired and the elderly.

Price: $109.00

Recipe Of The Week:

Pasta Primavera

1 bunch fresh basil
3 cups chicken broth, divided
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 pound fettuccine pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large leek, white and light green parts only, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
2 pinches salt
2 zucchinis, diced
1 cup chopped sugar snap peas
1/2 cup shelled English peas
1 bunch asparagus, stalks diced, tips left whole
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or as needed
Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Hold basil bunch by the stems and dip basil leaves in boiling water until bright green, about 2 seconds. Immediately immerse basil in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once the basil is cold, drain well. Remove basil leaves from stems and discard stems.
Blend basil leaves, 1 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup olive oil, and garlic together in a blender until smooth.
Stir fettuccine into the same pot of boiling water, bring back to a boil, and cook pasta over medium heat until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir leek and green onion in hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Add jalapeno and salt; cook and stir until jalapeno is soft, about 5 minutes.
Increase heat to medium-high. Stir 2 cups chicken broth, zucchini, sugar snap peas, and English peas into jalapeno mixture; bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add asparagus and continue cooking until asparagus is soft, about 3 minutes more.
Pour 1/4 cup basil-garlic mixture into zucchini mixture and cook and stir until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Place pasta in a large bowl; pour zucchini mixture over pasta and pour remaining basil-garlic mixture over the zucchini mixture. Spread Parmesan cheese over the top. Toss mixture briefly to combine and tightly wrap bowl with aluminum foil. Let stand until pasta and vegetables soak up most of the juices and oil, about 5 minutes. Toss again.

Trivia Challenge:

1. Which species of hummingbirds are the smallest?

2. What is the hummingbirds primary source of food?

3. How do these charming birds get their name?

Participate by emailing your answers to contact@alzstore.com and include your first name, city & state where you live to be in the running to win a gift certificate to The Alzheimer's Store!

Congratulations to Nancy from Los Angeles, CA ~Winner of our Mar Trivia Contest!!!

Answers to last week's trivia; The Drifting Cowboys / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / Luke the Drifter

BONUS TRIVIA QUESTION ~ WINNER WILL RECEIVE A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO THE ALZHEIMER'S STORE

> In the book, 'Cat's Cradle' by Kurt Vonnegut, who does the author designate to be the smartest character in the book and why?

Music therapy for dementia patients boosts their memories by listening to their favorite songs. Be sure to take a peek at our most popular Music Players~Item #2115

We have designed the shopping experience of our store to make it easier for the Alzheimer's & dementia communities to find the products they need for their patients and loved ones.

You can choose to shop either by Stages (Early, Middle, Late), by Category, by browsing our entire store, or by our most popular products.


An estimated 47 million people globally have Alzheimer's disease and that number is projected to triple by 2050. According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are some things you can do to keep memory loss at bay such as exercise, education, not smoking, getting adequate sleep, staying socially engaged, learning new things, taking care of your mental health and eating a healthy diet.The Alzheimer's Store is here to assist you, the caregiver, in this quest with products that will benefit your loved ones quality of life and make each day manageable for you & less stressful for them....