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eNews Aug 2016 Volume V


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Dementia Behaviors

Poetry Reading

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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!!


Clinton Has Plan for Alzheimer's Research, Trump a Personal Story

Hillary Clinton has described where she wants to go with Alzheimer's research funding, while Donald Trump's plan is briefer. Both have commented on the issue, and so it is one that can provide insight on the 2016 presidential candidates' approach to U.S. biopharmaceuticals and medical research. (read more at Bloomberg BNA)

SNAP Won't Become Alzheimer's

People with suspected non-Alzheimer pathophysiology (SNAP) probably aren't going to progress to Alzheimer's disease, two studies found.
In a longitudinal study from the Knight Alzheimer Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis, the same low proportion (14% to 17%) of those with SNAP and those with no pathology at baseline went on to have amyloid accumulation in their brains.
(read more at Med Page Today)

Identifying Alzheimer's In Early Stages

The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is forgetfulness. Distinguishing between memory loss that is due to aging and memory loss due to Alzheimer’s can be tricky, though. As people get older, the number of cells, or neurons, in the brain goes down. That can make it harder to learn new things or to remember familiar words. Older adults may have difficulty coming up with names of acquaintances, for example, or they may have trouble finding reading glasses or car keys. In most cases, these memory lapses do not signal the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease. (read more at Duluth News Tribune)

App Helps Dementia Patients Remember

A team of Cornell alumni hopes to help dementia patients have meaningful interactions with their loved ones. “We found that we had all interacted with people who suffered from memory loss, commonly our grandparents and we thought we should build something that would help bring their memories back,” Karthik Venkataramaiah said.
Along with Vishal Kumkar, Shivananada Pujeri and Mihir Shah, Venkataramaiah created a smartphone app that helps dementia sufferers “stay connected to their memories.” The team presented this innovation at the 123rd Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education. (
read more at Cornell Sun)


Aug 29th 1:00-2:00 pm Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group / Brooksville, FL

Aug 30th 5:15-7:15 pm Adult Child Support Group / Phoenix, AZ

Aug 31st 6:00-7:00 pm Alzheimer's Support Group / Brandon, FL

Sep 1st 6:30-7:30 pm Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group / Media, PA

Sep 2nd 9:30 am-12:00 pm How To Determine The Stages of Dementia Workshop / Wildwood, FL


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

WANDERING: Wandering is quite common amongst people with dementia and can be very worrying for those concerned for their safety and well-being. The person’s failing memory and declining ability to communicate may make it impossible for them to remember or explain the reason they wandered.
Here are some reasons for wandering:

>Changed environment-A person with dementia may feel uncertain and disoriented in a new environment such as a new house or day care centre. Wandering may stop once they become used to the change. The person may also want to escape from a noisy or busy environment.
>Loss of memory-Wandering may be due to a loss of short-term memory. A person may set off to go to the shop or a friend’s house, and then forget where they were going or why. Or they forget that their partner has told them that they were going out for a while and set off in search of them.
>Excess energy-Wandering can be a way of using up excess energy, which may indicate that the person needs more regular exercise.
>Searching for the past-As people become more confused, they may wander off in search of someone, or something, relating to their past. This may be a partner who has died, a lost friend or a house they lived in as a child.
>Expressing boredom-As dementia progresses people find it harder and harder to concentrate for any length of time. Wandering may be their way of keeping occupied.
>Confusing night with day-People with dementia may suffer from insomnia, or wake in the early hours and become disoriented. They may think it is daytime and decide to go for a walk. Poor eyesight or hearing loss may mean shadows or night sounds become confusing and distressing.
>Continuing a habit-People who have been used to walking long distances may simply wish to continue doing so.
>Agitation-Changes that have occurred in the brain may cause a feeling of restlessness and anxiety. Agitation can cause some people to pace up and down or to wander off with no apparent purpose. They may fail to recognise their own home and insist on leaving.
>Discomfort or pain-Walking may ease discomfort, so it is important to find out if there is any physical problem or medical condition and try to deal with it. Tight clothing, excessive heat or needing to find a toilet can all cause problems.
>A job to perform-Sometimes people leave the house because they believe they have a job to do, or are confused about the time of day, or the season. This may be related to a former role such as going to work in the morning or being home for the children in the afternoon.
>Dreams-An inability to differentiate dreams from reality may cause the person to respond to something that they dreamed, thinking that this has happened in real life.

The precautions you take will depend on the personality of the person with dementia, as well as how well they are able to cope, their reasons for wandering and whether they live in a potentially dangerous or in a safe and secure environment.

Take a look at our products for wandering that can help with this most severe behavior.

The Last Day of Summer~William Alexander (1824-1911)

All the sweet summer azure is not fled--
What hath the woodland, then, to do with grief?
The apparition of a yellow leaf,
The half-suspected russet overhead--
Of this it dreams, and is disquieted.
Snowdrops and other dainty things as brief,
Whereof the young anemones were chief,
The tremulous anemones are dead.
Long since the snowdrops have been fain to die;
Long since the anemones have pass'd away:
Some colour'd leaves discolour every morn--
Touch'd by the thought of which cronology
The trees have something that they long to say,
Inaudible, multitudinous, forlorn.

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Item #0161

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Recipe Of The Week:

Ravioli and Vegetable Soup

2 cups frozen bell pepper and onion mix, thawed and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste (optional)
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted
1 15-ounce can vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 teaspoon dried basil or marjoram
1 6- to 9-ounce package fresh or frozen cheese (or meat) ravioli, preferably whole-wheat
2 cups diced zucchini, (about 2 medium)
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pepper-onion mix, garlic and crushed red pepper (if using) and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, broth, water and basil (or marjoram); bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add ravioli and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions. Add zucchini; return to a boil. Cook until the zucchini is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Season with pepper.

Trivia Challenge:

1. What is the main difference between human and animals brains?

2. Which side of the brain contains regions involved in speech & language and is also associated with mathematical calculations?

3. What lies between the cerebrum and brainstem?

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; 25 / declarative memory / Aristotle

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....