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                              Great Blue Heron


The Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America as well as the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands.



Great Blue Herons appear blue-gray from a distance with a wide black stripe over the eye. In flight, the upper side of the wing is two-toned; pale on the forewing and darker on the flight feathers. It is the largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick daggerlike bill. Head, chest and wing plumes give a shaggy appearance. In flight, it curls its neck into a tight "S" shape, its wings are broad and rounded and its legs trail well beyond the tail. They stalk fish and other prey in shallow water or open fields. Watch for the lightning-fast thrust of the neck and head as they stab with their long bills.  




In This Issue


  • Baseball Reminiscence League Helps Alzheimer Patients
  • New Drugs To Find The Right Target To Fight Alzheimer's Disease
  • Rugby Linked To Early Onset Dementia
  • America's Growing Caregiving Crisis Spans Generations
  • 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...

Baseball Reminiscence League Helps Alzheimer Patients


(Source: Myfoxphilly.com) -  A tour of Busch Stadium. A time for Cardinals fans to reminisce.

"The guy that stole the stolen base record...uh Lou Brock...couldn't think of his name... that was a great moment," remembers Mick Ambrose.
Mick Ambrose has early stage Alzheimer's disease, and that's what all these fans gathered today have in common.
"People who have fairly advance Alzheimer's or other types of dementia still have these wonderful memories they can access when we help them," says Debra Bryer of the Alzheimer's Association.
This is the Cardinals Reminiscence League, developed by the Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis University and the St. Louis V.A. 25 Alzheimer's families meet twice a month. This time, they are taking a tour of Busch stadium, where they get to hold artifacts from the cardinals hall of fame, and share precious memories.
"I snuck into one of the playoff games, you know, when they were on Dodier Street and that you could climb up the fence and drop down you know," Bill Hoffman, an Alzheimer's patient, recalls.
Therapists say this innovative program helps people with memory problems by enhancing their mood and communication skills and may improve intellectual ability.


Rugby Linked To Early Onset Dementia


(Source: ITV) - Scientists have established a link between early onset dementia and playing rugby. 

High impact sports such as American football, ice hockey and rugby are starting to lead to the same problems experienced by boxers later in life, according to new research by neurologist Willie Stewart. 
Dr Stewart's work entailed examining sections of tissue of the brain of a former rugby player. Throughout the course of his research he found a high level of abnormal proteins associated with head injuries and dementia. 
The former player who took part in the study was found to have higher levels of the abnormal proteins than a retired amateur boxer who has a condition called dementia pugilistica, known as punch drunk syndrome. 
Symptoms usually appear around 15 years after the boxer's career begins and problems experienced include memory, speech, personality problems and lack of coordination. 
Until recently the condition was though to have only affected boxers who suffered repeated concussive injuries through blows to the head. Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Sport Nation programme, Dr Stewart said:
What we're find with people who've survived head injuries is that their brain shows changes down the microscope that look very much like what you would see in people with dementia, so similar abnormalities in people with Alzheimer's Disease.
Now, we've known that in boxing for instance repeatedly injuring your brain can read to a syndrome, punch drunk syndrome, and you can imagine what that is.


New Drugs To Find The Right Target To Fight Alzheimer's Disease

(Source: ScienceDaily) - Next-generation drugs designed to fight Alzheimer's disease look very promising. Scientists have unveiled the mechanisms behind two classes of compound currently being tested in clinical trials. They have also identified a likely cause of early-onset hereditary forms of the disease.
The future is looking good for drugs designed to combat Alzheimer's disease. EPFL scientists have unveiled how two classes of drug compounds currently in clinical trials work to fight the disease. Their research suggests that these compounds target the disease-causing peptides with high precision and with minimal side-effects. At the same time, the scientists offer a molecular explanation for early-onset hereditary forms of Alzheimer's, which can strike as early as thirty years of age. The conclusions of their research, which has been published in the journal Nature Communications, are very encouraging regarding the future of therapeutic means that could keep Alzheimer's disease in check.
Alzheimer's disease is characterized by an aggregation of small biological molecules known as amyloid peptides. We all produce these molecules; they play an essential antioxidant role. But in people with Alzheimer's disease, these peptides aggregate in the brain into toxic plaques -- called "amyloid plaques" -- that destroy the surrounding neurons.




(Source: New America Media) - Wilbur Williams remembers when he finally asked for help. 
After his wife of over 50 years suffered a massive stroke in 2009, right after New Year’s, Williams visited her daily for nine months at a nursing home. 
When she was eventually released into his care, the feelings of stress and overwork quickly overwhelmed Williams, a retired Los Angeles teacher and administrator used to juggling complex initiatives. He hired part-time help, but he still had trouble coping.
Caregiver Stress—“All. The. Time.”
 “I could have had five people around and it wouldn’t have relieved the stress,” said Williams, 79, adding, “I’m busy all the time. All. The. Time.” 
Exasperated, Williams enrolled in an eight-week course targeting caregiver stress. There, he began to repair the fragmented pieces of his life. He learned to ask for help and delegate some of his caregiving responsibilities. He finally took time for himself, including regular exercise. Perhaps most important, he met others who shared the same plight, so that he no longer felt so alone. 
One thing from the course that really stuck with him was a video re-enactment of a family funeral. The video didn’t show the death of the patient needing care. Instead, it was the caregiver. 
“If you’re doing it alone, you’ll probably die before the person you’re caring for dies,” said Mary Brintnall-Peterson, a national caregiving expert. 
 Williams is a classic example for a growing national crisis: the American family caregiver. 


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Recipe Of The Week       
The navy bean got its current popular name because it was a staple food of the United States Navy in the early 20th century. Navy beans are small, pea-sized beans that are creamy white in color. They are mild-flavored beans that are dense and smooth. Like other common beans, navy beans are one of 13,000 species of the family of legumes, or plants that produce edible pods. Combined with whole grains such as rice, navy beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein. 

Navy Bean Soup



1/2 pound dry navy beans 
 2 tablespoons butter
 1 tablespoon flour 
 1 large onion chopped 
 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
 2 cloves garlic, chopped
 1/2 cup celery chopped
 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
 2 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped
 salt and pepper to taste
 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
 1 cup ham, cubed
Place beans in a large Dutch oven; rinse well and drain. Return beans to
 pan; cover with water and soak overnight. The next day drain beans; add
 2 quarts of fresh water. In a sauce pan heat butter. Add flour; cook until
 golden. Add onions, green pepper and garlic. Cook until wilted. Add mixture
 and remaining ingredients to the beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat
 and simmer partially covered for 1 hour or until the beans are tender.
 Serve with hot crusty bread.
*Add more water and cook longer if beans are not tender
Serves 8

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

Aug 6th 2:30-4:00 pm - Alzheimer's Cafe / New York, NY

Aug 9th 6:00-10:00 pm - Blues On The Beach / Middletown, RI

Aug 10th - Alzheimer's Ride For A Cure / Hopkinsville, KY

Aug 14th 10:00 am -noon - Alzheimer's Association; Alzheimer's 101 / San Diego, CA

Aug 24th - Walk to End Alzheimer's / Sterling, CO

Aug 28th 5:00-8:00 pm CDT - Fun-Raiser To SupportAlzheimer's Association / Schaumburg, IL




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

1. Which is the largest freshwater lake in the world?
2. In which year was the color television available to consumers in the US?
3. Which spacecraft took the first man on the moon?

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Answers to last week's trivia; Sandwich Islands / Alaska / 1912


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