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eNews Aug 2016 Volume IV


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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!!


Is Dementia The Same As Alzheimer's Disease?

Dementia is a general term for a set of symptoms that includes severe memory loss, a significant decline in reasoning and severely impaired communication skills; it most commonly strikes elderly people and used to be referred to as “senility.” Alzheimer’s disease is a specific illness that is the most common cause of dementia. (read more at NY Times Blog)

Diet, Exercise Could Stop Alzheimer's From Forming

Want to stop Alzheimer's disease from forming? Maintaining a normal body mass index, or BMI, healthy diet and regular physical activity could limit the protein build-ups linked to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new, small study from the University of California–Los Angeles. (read more at US News)

Alzheimer's Care Puts Financial Strain On Family Members

Connecticut has a high prevalence of Medicare beneficiaries living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, often placing an enormous financial strain on caregivers who are spending thousands of dollars a year on care, reports show. (read more at CT Watch Dog)

How To Identify Alzheimer's Symptoms

On a beautiful summer day, Mr. M drove to his mother's house to take her for a walk at the botanical gardens. He called her when he left his house, which was 10 minutes away. Then when he arrived at the apartment, his mother was still in her pajamas, despite the fact that they had discussed the trip to the botanical gardens the night before. Mr. M's mother didn't ask who was at the door – she just opened it. Then, Mr. M noticed that his mother's apartment was filled with newspapers, and that there were multiple messages on her answering machine. (read more at US News)


Aug 22nd 1:00-2:00 pm Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group / Brooksville, FL

Aug 23rd 5:00 pm Alzheimer's Support Group Dinner and A Movie - Alive Inside / Birmingham, AL

Aug 24th 11:30 am-1:00 pm Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group / Burlington, WI

Aug 25th 3:00-4:00 pm Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group / Amsterdam, NY

Aug 26th 9:00 am-12:00 pm Caregiver Support Group Facilitator Training / Youngstown, OH


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

HALLUCINATIONS AND SUSPICION: Hallucinations can be the result of failing senses. Maintaining consistency and calmness in the environment can help reduce hallucinations. Also, violent movies or television can contribute to paranoia, so avoid letting the patient watch disturbing programs.

When hallucinations or illusions do occur: Don’t argue about what is real and what is fantasy. Respond to the emotional content of what the person is saying, rather than to the factual/fictional content. seek professional advice if you are concerned about this problem. Medications can sometimes help to reduce hallucinations.

Confusion and the loss of memory can also cause Alzheimer’s patients to become suspicious of those around them, sometimes accusing their caretakers of theft, betrayal, or some other improper behavior.

Offer a simple answer to any accusations, but don’t argue or try to convince them their suspicions are unfounded.
Distract the patient with another activity, such as going for a walk, or by changing the subject. If suspicions of theft are focused on a particular object that is frequently mislaid, such as a wallet for example, try keeping a duplicate item on hand to quickly allay the patient’s fears.

Take a look at some of our activity products that can help with hallucinations and suspicion.

Waves ~ Poetry Soup

Silently she waits,
wearing a crest of a wave on her finger.
The night will erase all the meaningless fears.
Silently she dares
to break all the obstacles unforeseen,
to dive into the truth
that is far from luxurious.
Silently she realizes
that part of her fault is in building a world of hypocrisy.
Silently she dreams
of becoming younger.
Silently she falls asleep
between Achilles and Odysseus,
counting the reasons for blindness.
Silently she melts the ice
of her tranquility
in a solar whirlpool
that must eradicate her as well,
but it won’t.

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Recipe Of The Week:

Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 16-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi, (see Tip)
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup water
6 cups chopped chard leaves, (about 1 small bunch) or spinach
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until plumped and starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and onion to the pan and cook, stirring, over medium heat, for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and water. Cover and cook until the onion is soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Add chard (or spinach) and cook, stirring, until starting to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, beans and pepper and bring to a simmer. Stir in the gnocchi and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling, about 3 minutes.

Tip: Look for shelf-stable gnocchi near other pasta in the Italian section of most supermarkets.

Trivia Challenge:

1. What age does the brain reach full maturity?

2. The ability to learn and remember new things is called __________?

3. What philosopher thought that functions of the brain actually took place in the heart?

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; Neurons / Touch / Insulin

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....