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The Parthenon Sets On Top Of The Acropolis


Roman architect, Marcus Vitruvius believed that builders should use mathematical principles when constructing temples - "for without symmetry and proportion no temple can have a regular plan"


323 BC-146 BC Hellenistic Era

When Greece was at the height of its power in Europe and Asia, the empire built elaborate temples and secular buildings with Ionic and Corinthian columns. The Hellenistic Period ended with conquests by the Roman Empire.


In This Issue


  • When Aggression Follows Dementia
  • Alzheimer's Linked To Inadequate Sun Exposure
  • As Need Climbs, Resources Shrink For Senior Transportation
  • Brain Region Implicated In Emotional Disturbance In Dementia Patients
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions



Editorial Note: Healthcare Products LLC reviews the news wires looking for press releases and current articles relating to dementia. We write a brief description of each article and by clicking on its heading will bring you to the originally written story ...hope you enjoy The Alzheimer's News...

When Aggression Follows Dementia


(Source: New York Times) - For more than five years, Phyllis Edelstein managed to care for her husband Richard in their Long Island home as his dementia slowly progressed. She felt fortunate to have found, and to be able to pay for, a live-in couple to help her.

But last fall, “he was becoming more negative about things like showering,” she told me. “There’d be flare-ups of anger.” She saw her husband, a retired dentist, try to strike his hired helper one day, and she was startled, as they watched a Western together, to see him jump up and lunge toward the TV, as if he intended to beat up the bad guy. “It reached the point where I was uncertain being alone with him on weekends,” she said.

In January, she moved Dr. Edelstein, 82, into a nearby assisted living facility. He seemed to be settling in, though he did once hit another resident. But one Saturday last spring “he just lost it,” Mrs. Edelstein said. “A tremendous physical outburst.” He broke planters, upended furniture, pulled a closet door off its hinges.

Dr. Edelstein was found to have a urinary tract infection, long known to cause suddenly aggressive or bizarre behavior in dementia patients. But although his infection was treated, he hasn’t regained his previous level of function. He remains in a hospital psychiatric unit, where doctors are trying to adjust his medications so that he is calm but not somnolent.




As Need Climbs, Resources Shrink For Senior Transportation

(Source: Newsobserver.Com) - Blanche Utley decided to stop driving in 2004, when she began to lose her sight to macular degeneration.

A retired state employee, she lives alone in northwest Raleigh and counts herself lucky to remain at home when many people her age have moved to long-term care. She gives credit largely to the volunteers who give her rides to medical appointments and other destinations.

“I gave up driving before my license actually expired,” said Utley, 77. “I knew when the lines in the road got crooked I didn’t need to be driving.”

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, a Cary-based nonprofit, helps coordinate rides for older people such as Utley throughout Wake County. Growing demand for such services meant that the miles provided by the center leapt from 18,000 last year to 36,000 this year.


Alzheimer's Linked To Inadequate Sun Exposure

(Source: Guardian Express) - It’s summer in the northern hemisphere, the sun is out and sunscreen has been ‘trending’ on Google news for well over 90 days now.  There seems to be a huge programmed fear against the sun as a result of the increase in skin and other cancers over the years, even though it has been made clear time and again that it is over-exposure to the sun as well as repeated burning which contributes to melanoma and not the sun itself.  We need the vitamin D and other benefits that come with regular sun exposure as anyone with Seasonal Affective Disorder will tell you.  Now it is being shown that dis-eases such as Alzheimer’s are being linked with an inadequate amount of vitamin D from a lack of sun exposure.

We like to swing the pendulum in the western world from one extreme to the other.  It’s difficult for people to accept information unless it’s black or white – which makes staying healthy often difficult since every person is unique and individual.  However, it is pretty clear in the research that vitamin D is essential for so many bodily processes and a lack of it can contribute to not only Alzheimer’s but thyroid disorders, diabetes, arthritis, colitis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, kidney disease and yes – cancer.  So here people are trying to avoid the sun, apply sunscreen in attempts to avoid cancer and by so doing could actually be promoting cancer through denying the body of the essential vitamin D source.




(Source: Science Daily) - A study by researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is the first to demonstrate that patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) lose the emotional content/colour of their memories. These findings explain why FTD patients may not vividly remember an emotionally charged event like a wedding or funeral.
The research team discovered that a region of the brain, called the orbitofrontal cortex, plays a key role in linking emotion and memories.

"This step forward in the mapping of the brain will improve how we diagnose different types of dementia," says the study's lead author, Associate Professor Olivier Piguet.

The fact that we vividly remember events infused with emotion -- like birthday parties -- is well established. Patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) -- a degenerative condition that affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain -- show profound difficulty understanding and expressing emotion. Yet the extent to which such deficits weaken emotional enhancement of memory remains unknown.


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Exclusively designed for disposal of incontinence products. Its unique internal trap door helps to contain odors...

Recipe Of The Week       
Cranberries have been identified as an excellent dietary source of high-quality antioxidants which have been shown to help maintain healthy cognitive functioning.                                                                                                                             

Pecan, Cranberry and Orange Muffins 



  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar (also known as castor sugar)
  • 1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberries

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

2. Sift the two flours and baking powder into a large mixing bowl, then stir in sugar, pecans and orange zest.

3. In a small mixing bowl, beat together the egg, milk, melted butter and orange juice.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and beat with a wooden spoon until just combined.

5. Add the cranberries and stir briefly. (Do not overmix or the muffins will be tough.)

6. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin liners, filling to around 2/3 full. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the domes are lightly golden and firm to the touch.

7. Remove muffins from oven. Allow to cool slightly and serve while still warm.


Makes 12 muffins


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Events Calendar: (if you would like to list your upcoming event, email us at contact@alzstore.com)

Jul 13th-18th - Alzheimer's Association International Conference / Boston, MA
Jul 14th & Jul 31st - MET Escapes; Programs For Visitors With Dementia / New York, NY
Jul 18th 6:30-8:30 pm - Senior Helpers Seminar / Charlotte, NC
Jul 24th 12:30-1:30 pm
- Diverse Populations: Health Disparities & Dementia / Online Webinar

Jul 25th 8:30 am-2:30 pm - Fearless Caregiver Conference / Boca Raton, FL
Jul 31st 6:30-8:30 pm  - Dementia Falls & Care / St. Louis, MO


Take a guess at these trivia questions ..answers will be posted in next week's newsletter

1. What US state is just one syllable?
2. What four words in the English language end in "__dous"?
3. How many ways are there to make change for a dollar?

**email your answers to contact@alzstore.com to be in the running for a free gift! Winner will be chosen at random at the beginning of the month...

Answers to last week's trivia; Jacqueoine Kennedy Onassis / Disco / Cleopatra


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