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eNews April 2016 Volume III

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!!

Researchers Testing Stem Cells To Treat Alzheimer's In First-Of-Its-Kind Trial

In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in an attempt to slow or reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The team is aiming to enroll 30 patients who will be tested and observed for cognitive function, memory, quality of life and brain volume over the course of a year. (read more at Fox News)

I'm Documenting My Own Alzheimer's Disease While I Still Can

On a recent flight from San Francisco back to Boston, I found myself seated between my 28-year-old daughter Colleen and the emergency hatch. When the attendant had asked if I could perform the duties, I shrugged and simply said I was afraid of heights. I forgot about the confusion part. I forgot why doctors don’t let me travel alone any more. Alzheimer’s will do that. (read more at Washington Post)

Gene Defect May Point To Solution For Alzheimer's

New research has discovered that one protein, called PITRM1, which is found in mitochondria, otherwise known as the powerhouses of the cell, may be involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease..(read more at Science Daily)

Music Bridges Memory Loss For Residents With Dementia

Dementia in its various forms steals a person’s memories. But a pilot program begun last year by a local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is offering seniors in skilled nursing facilities a chance to get some of them back.(read more at Tampa Tribune)

Senior Citizens Medication Safety

Senior Citizens in New Haven got the chance to meet with pharmacists Friday to make sure they’re taking their medications safely.(read more at News8 wtnh.com)

EVENTS CALENDAR:

Apr 18th 1-2:30 pm Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group / Spokane, WA

Apr 19th 6:00 pm Alzheimer's Support Group for Caregivers & Families / Poway, CA

Apr 20th 12-1:00 pm Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group / Pocono Mountains, PA

Apr 21st 12-2:00 pm The Basics: Alzheimer's, Dementia and Memory Loss / West Islip, NY

Apr 22nd 10:30 am -12:00 am Early Stage Social Engagement Program / Fort Worth, TX


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....

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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

SONGBIRDS

Songbird, also called passerine include about 4,000 species—nearly half the world’s birds—in 35 to 55 families. Most cage birds belong to this group. Songbirds are alike in having the vocal organ highly developed, though not all use it to melodious effect.


Songbirds range in size from tiny kinglets and sunbirds to comparatively large crows. They are mainly land birds that live in a wide variety of situations, from open grassland to forest. Although songbirds include some of the best songsters, such as thrushes, some have harsh voices like crows, and some do little or no singing. Songbirds are distinguished from other perching birds by certain anatomical characteristics, especially the more complicated vocal organ, or syrinx.


The syrinx—as the voice-producing structure, or song box, is called—is located at the point where the windpipe divides into two bronchial tubes to go to the lungs. The syrinx is an intricately constructed organ with a firm bony framework and filmlike vibrating internal membranes over which the air, during exhalation, passes rapidly, producing all the many utterances of the bird. A variable number of syringeal muscles and their controlling nerves adjust the tension on the membranes. The song box reaches its greatest complexity in the true songbirds. (But it is not a complicated syrinx alone that determines singing ability, for some true songbirds hardly sing at all). In some birds the windpipe is elongated and elaborately coiled. Sometimes this elongation is enclosed within the breast bone, or sternum. In certain of the birds-of-paradise known as manucodes, the elongated windpipe is coiled on the breast between the skin and the flesh. Presumably this lengthening of the windpipe gives resonance to the voice.


Bird song need not be pleasing to the human ear. The hooting of the owl, the monotonously repeated phrases of the North American whippoorwill, the crazed, repeated whistle of a Malayan cuckoo that has given it the name of the brain-fever bird, and the African tinkerbird’s repeated notes, which, from their resemblance to hammering on metal, have given the bird its name—all must be called songs. Which birds are the best songsters is a question that is subjective. The nightingale of Europe (Erithacus, or Luscinia, megarhynchos), a small thrush, perhaps heads the list of famous songsters of European literature. Also a favorite of the poets was the European skylark (Alaudia arvensis). In North America the mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is a wonderful performer with a rich, melodious, long-continued song. In Australia the lyrebirds, which are not true songbirds, have songs that are superlative in variety and intensity and have a dramatic quality. Though the best songsters may be true songbirds, some birds of other groups have pleasing or musical utterances, like the quavering trill of the screech owl and the cheery whistle of the bobwhite quail.

Sing Little Songbird by Juan Olivarez
Sing little songbird wild and carefree,
From your little perch in the red flame tree.
Sing for the sunshine, and sing for me,
Sing for the wind, in the red flame tree.

Sing little song bird, in your beautiful voice,
Drown out the world, and all it's noise.
Up in the flame tree, make me rejoice,
Sing little songbird, you have no choice.

Sing little songbird with all your might,
From early morning, into the night.
From early evening, to dawn's first light,
From up in the flame tree's dizzying heights

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Recipe Of The Week:

Creamy Asparagus Pasta

8 ounces whole-wheat penne pasta
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups whole milk
4 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
4 teaspoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions. Add asparagus and continue cooking until the pasta and asparagus are just tender, 3 minutes more. Drain and return to the pot.

Meanwhile, whisk milk, mustard, flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and lightly browned, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in the milk mixture. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, and cook until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tarragon, lemon zest and juice.

Stir the sauce into the pasta-asparagus mixture. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sauce is thick, creamy and coats the pasta, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan. Divide the pasta among 4 bowls and top with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.

Trivia Challenge:

1. What is the most common of the songbirds especially seen in the spring?

2. What do songbirds primarily eat?

3. What four materials do songbirds use to build nests?

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; color-size-shape-wing & head markings / Peregrine Falcon diving at 200 mph / Bohm's Bee-eater Meropsboehmi

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

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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....