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                    Washington Irving's Sunnyside


Sunnyside is the charmingly romantic home of Washington Irving built in a melange of architectural styles. 


In 1835, Washington Irving (author of such classics as "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle") bought a two-room Dutch stone house on the banks of the Hudson. He expanded and extensively remodeled the building adding Tudor-style clustered chimneys, Dutch stepped gables, Gothic windows and a Spanish tower. Irving also made the grounds more picturesque, planting trees in carefully chosen locations and creating hills, a pond, and a meandering stream with a waterfall. 




In This Issue


  • Why Don't We All Get Alzheimer's Disease?
  • Nearby Daughter Most Likely To Be Mom's Caregiver
  • Essential Precautions For Safe Traveling With Dementia
  • Are PET Scans Effective To Diagnose Alzheimer's?
  • 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...

Why Don't We All Get Alzheimer's Disease?


(Source: Science Daily) -  Though one might think the brains of people who develop Alzheimer's disease (AD) possess building blocks of the disease absent in healthy brains, for most sufferers, this is not true. Every human brain contains the ingredients necessary to spark AD, but while an estimated 5 million Americans have AD -- a number projected to triple by 2050 -- the vast majority of people do not and will not develop the devastating neurological condition.


For researchers like Subhojit Roy, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Departments of Pathology and Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, these facts produce a singular question: Why don't we all get Alzheimer's disease?
In a paper published in the August 7 issue of the journal Neuron, Roy and colleagues offer an explanation -- a trick of nature that, in most people, maintains critical separation between a protein and an enzyme that, when combined, trigger the progressive cell degeneration and death characteristic of AD.
"It's like physically separating gunpowder and match so that the inevitable explosion is avoided," said principal investigator Roy, a cell biologist and neuropathologist in the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at UC San Diego. "Knowing how the gunpowder and match are separated may give us new insights into possibly stopping the disease."



Essential Precautions For Safe Traveling With Dementia


(Source: Noozhawk) - Alzheimer’s patients thrive in familiar environments and by following a familiar routine. The more consistent the type, time and frequency of activities, the better they feel.

Adherence to routine creates a sense of safety, brought by the certainty of knowing what is coming up next. It avoids confusion. Even families of patients in the earlier stages of the disease notice the emerging need to follow routine, i.e. dad only wants to go to the same restaurant, and once there, he always orders the same dish.
Routine, however, gets interrupted when traveling. While for most people traveling to new places is exciting, for the cognitively impaired traveling can be confusing. Being away from familiar surroundings, eating and sleeping in unfamiliar places, having your sleep pattern disrupted, needing to speak and interact with strangers (such as airport and hotel staff) and having to follow directions that may not be fully understood; all the novelty of traveling may be actually confusing for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Confusion causes distress that may result in unusual, potentially catastrophic behavior.
However, people with dementia can and do travel. Some travel because they need to, some travel because it is fun. With appropriate support and preparedness, traveling with dementia can be safe and enjoyable.


Nearby Daughter Most Likely To Be Mom's Caregiver

(Source: Cornell Chronicle) - Among adult siblings, who is the most likely to become the caregiver when their mother experiences health problems? The daughter who lives closest, reports Cornell’s Karl Pillemer, who has co-authored the first longitudinal study to predict which sibling will become mom’s caregiver.
“What’s interesting here is that despite recent changes in gender roles and in the ability to stay in touch these days with cellphones and email, being the nearest daughter is still, to a great extent, ‘destiny,’” said Pillemer, professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology and of gerontology at the Weill Cornell Medical College; his co-author is sociologist J. Jill Suitor of Purdue University.
Furthermore, the researchers found “that the child a mother expected would care for her before she needed care was most often the one who actually did it,” Pillemer said. “So mothers’ expectations are typically met. This is especially striking because we asked mothers about who they expected would care for them about five to seven years before they needed help.”
The researchers report that adult children living within a two-hour drive of their mother are six times more likely to provide care later than siblings living farther away, and that daughters are more than twice as likely as sons to become caregivers. Also, children who shared their mother’s values had an increased likelihood of becoming caregivers.




(Source: Medical Daily) - The federal government is still uncertain whether to cover the costs of positron emission tomography (PET) scans for the use of identifying Alzheimer’s disease through brain scans. Though PET scans have proved helpful for doctors in ruling out the disease, it is still debated whether the investment will prove to boost actual Alzheimer’s diagnoses. The ability of PET scans to detect and diagnose the disease is still limited.
PET scans each cost about $3,000 to $5,000. They are different from a CT or MRI scan because PET scans show the metabolic changes occurring in an organ or tissue at the cellular level. A radiotracer is injected into the body, which then travels to and is absorbed into the organ or tissue that will be scanned.
Steven Pearson is president of the Boston-based research group, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. He urged that scientists need to do more research before investing in PET scans.
"The evidence in favor of beneficial effects of this test is among the weakest I have ever seen come before the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee," Pearson said.


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Recipe Of The Week       
Shortcake usually involves strawberries, but it's just as delicious with other summer fruits, including peaches. This dessert is not too sweet and ready in just 30 minutes.                                                    

Brown Sugar Peach Shortcake


1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
2 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into 8 pieces
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk, chilled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 medium peaches (about 1 pound), peeled and slices
1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt or low-fat vanilla ice cream
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and one tablespoon of the brown sugar.
Add the butter and mix until crumbly, using a pastry cutter, a fork or two knives.
In a liquid measuring cup, combine 1/4 cup buttermilk and the vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.
Divide the dough into four portions (about two tablespoons each), and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Brush the tops with the remaining buttermilk.
Bake 13-14 minutes, until light brown.

Meanwhile, prepare the peaches.
Place a small skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray.
Add the peaches and cook 5-6 minutes stirring occasionally, until they start to soften. Add the remaining brown sugar and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, until the peaches begin to caramelize.

Remove the shortcakes from the oven, and cool slightly on wire rack.

To serve, slice each shortcake in half with a serrated knife. Place the bottom half on a serving plate, top with 1/4 of the peaches, and 1/4 cup yogurt or ice cream. Top with the remaining shortcake.

Serving Size: Makes 4 shortcakes.

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


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

Aug 14th 10:00 -11:30 am - Beverly Hospital, Alzheimer/Dementia Caregiver Support Group / Montebello, CA

Aug 17th 7-10 am - Pancake Breakfast for Walk To End Alzheimer's / Bremerton, WA

Aug 21st - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm - Hofstra University Aging IN Place Suburbia Conference & Expo / Hempstead, NY

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. How many oceans exist on our planet?
2. What country is this? The national language is Spanish. The population is about 11 million, and the inhabitants sometimes call their country the Pearl of the Antilles.
3. If a 10 mile taxi ride costs $12 and a 15 mile ride costs $18, then at the same rate, how much would a 24 mile ride cost?

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Answers to last week's trivia; Lake Superior / 1954 / Apollo 11


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