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eNews Aug 2016 Volume I

IN THIS ISSUE:

eNews Promotions

Latest Articles

Dementia Behaviors

Poetry Reading

New Products

Recipe Of The Week

Events Calendar

Trivia Challenge

Clinical Studies

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!!

TRENDING IN THE NEWS:

A 'Breathholding Time' For Alzheimer's Research As Trials Focus On Seeking A Cure

At the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference this week, attendees eagerly anticipated the result of a 15-month trial of a new drug to combat the disorder. If successful, it could potentially have been one of the first effective treatments for the brain-destroying disease, which afflicts more than 40 million people worldwide. (read more at Washington Post)

Personality Changes In Alzheimer's Disease: Checklist Might Catch The Disease Earlier

With 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s — and that number is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades — it’s frustrating that there is still no official way to diagnose or predict the disease. But doctors are hoping to find new ways to at least begin identifying some early signs of dementia, so they can provide the best care to patients as early as possible. Presenting at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto, a group of researchers developed a new checklist that focuses on detecting personality changes as a main sign of dementia. (read more at Medical Daily)

Eye Tests Could Help Spot Dementia, Research Suggests

Dementia could be spotted years before its onset with simple eye tests according to new research. (read more at Ksat.com)


Alzheimer's Disease More Likely In Patients With Cerebral Vascular Disease

“Both large and small vessel diseases have effects on dementia and thinking abilities, independently of one another, and independently of the common causes of dementia such as Alzheimer’s pathology and strokes,” Zoe Arvanitakis, MD, MS, neurologist and researcher at Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, said in a press release. (read more at Healio)

Can A Brain Scan Early In Stress Predict Eventual Memory Loss

Work pressures, money issues, exams, perhaps an illness in the family - these are common strains in every person's life. But when such daily battles are fought over long periods of time, we become subject to chronic stress. (read more at Medical XPress)

EVENTS CALENDAR:

Aug 1st 1:00-2:30 pm Caregiver Support Group / Coachella Valley, CA

Aug 2nd 1:00-4:00 pm Demenita Care Conference / Olean, NY

Aug 3rd 12:30-2:00 pm Caregiver Support Group / Mentor, OH

Aug 4th 6:00-8:00 pm Alz Assoc Open House / Monmouth, NJ

Aug 5th 10:00 am-3:00 pm Your Health / Spartanburg, IL


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~This study will determine the safety and efficacy of the experimental drug AZD0530 (saracatinib) in older adults with mild Alzheimer's disease. Researchers want to know if the drug can slow disease progression by inhibiting the protein Fyn kinase. Learn more...

A4~This study will test whether an investigational drug, solanezumab, can slow the progression of memory problems associated with amyloid, a protein that forms plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer disease. Participants who have normal thinking and memory function but may be at risk for developing Alzheimer's dementia are invited to participate. All volunteers will undergo a positron emission tomography (PET) scan to be determine their brain amyloid levels. Learn more...

GeneMatch~The GeneMatch program, part of the Alzheimer's Prevention Registry, aims to identify people interested in participating in research studies or clinical trials based in part on their genetic background. GeneMatch will collect genetic information from participants which may be used to match them to studies. Participants are under no obligation to pursue these study opportunities. Learn more..


SNIFF~This Phase II/III clinical trial will examine whether a type of insulin, when administered as a nasal spray, improves memory in adults with a mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease. The study will also provide evidence about how intranasal insulin works in the body. Learn more...

Tau PET Imaging~This study will evaluate a new radioactive compound, [18F]T807, used in positron emission tomography (PET) scans to identify tau tangles, a protein in the brain that is associated with Alzheimer's disease. Learn more...

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

FDA Approved Medications To Treat Alzheimer's Disease:

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

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Defining Dementia Behaviors

AGITATION: The term "agitation" is often used in reference to behavioral symptoms associated with dementia. Agitation was originally defined as any inappropriate verbal, vocal or motor activity which, according to an outside observer, does not result directly from the needs or the confusion of the agitated person. Behavior which constitutes agitation can be broadly classified as aggressive vs non-aggressive and physical vs verbal. A factor analysis of a measure of agitation used with nursing home residents produced three factors which make it possible to distinguish various forms of agitation: aggressive behavior (i.e, hitting), non-aggressive physical behavior (i.e, pacing), and verbally agitated behavior (i.e., complaining).

The specific determinants of agitation remain unclear. Predisposing factors may include gender, personality, poor health, functional impairment of activities of daily living, as well as cognitive and neurological deterioration. Other factors may precipitate the occurrence of agitation and include the characteristics of the physical and social environment (i.e., too much noise, not enough social interaction) as well as physical needs such as hunger, thirst, and discomfort.

Individuals with dementia frequently become restless, anxious, or upset. To decrease agitation, listen to the person as he or she expresses her frustration to get a clue about what kind of source is a triigger and try to eliminate and/or decrease triggers as much as possible. Pain, discomfort (being too hot, too cold, hungry, needing to use the bathroom, etc.), frustration and overstimulation are all common triggers of agitation. It is also very important to examine your behavior in response to the person. If you are not already doing so, reassure the person that you are there to provide assistance and comfort. If it seems like the person needs something to do try redirection to an enjoyable activity.

Take a look at some of our activity products that can help with agitation.

A Summer Wind ~ Poetry Foundation

O wind, thou hast thy kingdom in the trees,
And all thy royalties
Sweep through the land to-day.
It is mid June,
And thou, with all thy instruments in tune,
Thine orchestra
Of heaving fields and heavy swinging fir,
Strikest a lay
That doth rehearse
Her ancient freedom to the universe.
All other sound in awe
Repeats its law:
The bird is mute; the sea
Sucks up its waves; from rain
The burthened clouds refrain,
To listen to thee in thy leafery,
Thou unconfined,
Lavish, large, soothing, refluent summer wind.

An Addition To Our Product Line:

Item #2098

Ambient Art DVD

Ambient Art DVD turns your TV into an Impressionist Art Gallery! This DVD is a collection of 346 paintings from 11 Impressionist Masters (from Van Gogh to Renoir) to create a virtual anthology of one of the world's most popular art movements.

Price: $19.99

Recipe Of The Week:

Lobster Roll

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek-style yogurt or 2/3 cup regular, plain nonfat yogurt
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped scallion greens (about 1 scallion)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 pound cooked lobster meat or cooked shrimp, cut into 1/3-inch pieces (about 2 1/2 cups)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 whole-wheat hot dog buns
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

If using regular yogurt, place it in a strainer lined with paper towel and set the strainer over a bowl. Let the yogurt drain and thicken for 20 minutes.


In a bowl, stir together the thickened or Greek-style yogurt, mayonnaise, celery, scallion and lemon juice. Fold in the lobster meat and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to use.

Just before serving, open the hot dog buns and brush the inside with olive oil. Heat a grill pan over moderately high heat and grill the bread, cut side down, until toasted, about 3 minutes. Fill each with 3/4 cup of the lobster mixture and serve immediately.

Trivia Challenge:

1. What are the ten human body parts that are only three letters long?

2. According to a German study, what day of the week is the risk of a heart attack highest?

3. What is the average number of nerve cells (neurons) in the brain?

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 Priscilla from Little Rock, AR ~Winner of our Jul Trivia Contest!!!

Answers to last week's trivia; emmer wheat, einkom wheat, hulled barley, peas, lentils, bitter vetch, chick peas, flax / subsistence farmers / to plant seeds in rows

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....