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New Thunderbolt Coaster at Coney Island

The Coney Island Cyclone is one of the most famous attractions in New York City. The first rides of the historic roller coaster began on June 26, 1927. Over 80 years later, the Cyclone is still thrilling thousands of riders each year. Every roller coaster enthusiast around the world has heard of, has ridden or hopes to ride The Cyclone. This historic roller coaster graces virtually every "top roller coaster" list and publication. Roller coasters may have gotten bigger and faster, but they have not gotten any better than The Cyclone. Time Magazine quoted Charles Lindbergh as saying that a ride on the Cyclone was more thrilling than his historic first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. An official New York City Landmark since July 12, 1988, the Cyclone is the heart and soul of Coney Island, birthplace of the American amusement industry.

The Thunderbolt roller coaster is returning to Coney Island, only this time, it will be made of steel, not wood, and will reach speeds of 55 miles per hour. The new roller coaster, which will sit where the original Thunderbolt operated from the 1920s through the early 1980s will be the first coaster in the area since 1910 to hurtle riders upside-down.

The $10 million cost of building the ride represents the single largest private investment in Coney Island’s amusement strip in decades. Designed and manufactured by Zamperla, of Italy, the roller coaster will be operated by Central Amusement International, which also runs Coney Island’s Luna Park, as the amusement area is called. Its 2,233 feet of track, rising 115 feet, will take shape next to the B&B Carousell, the antique merry-go-round that underwent an extensive restoration and reopened last summer. City officials said the roller coaster should be ready by Memorial Day.

The Thunderbolt will serve as a modern counterpoint to the Cyclone, the beloved, clattering, wooden roller coaster — and New York City landmark — that opened in 1927. It will feature three cars, each with a capacity of nine passengers.

The new attraction had visitors enthused. An animated video offers enthusiasts a turn-by-turn preview of the ride being built this spring on the boardwalk. Click here for a virtual ride!!

In This Issue

  • Early Detection Of Alzheimer's May Be Possible Through Spinal-Fluid Test
  • Evaluating & Monitoring Participants' Reactions To Learning Of Higher Alzheimer's Disease Risk Status
  • Adult Day Care Reduces Stress For Dementia Patient Caregivers
  • After The Caregiving Ends
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions

The Coming of Spring
by: Mary Dow Brine (1816-1913)

The ice-king trembles on his throne,
And holds his rod with loosened hand;
For there are murmurs in the air
Of one who cometh, sweet and fair,
To break with smiles the monarch's band.

The skies are dawning a new blue,
To welcome her whose dancing feet
Thro' cloudland hasten from afar,
Guided by sun, and moon, and star,
Her waiting friends once more to greet

The timid violets lift their heads,
And heavenward turn their gentle eyes,
And catch the fragrance newly born
Which cometh with the Spring's glad dawn,
And steal their color from the skies.

The merry birds on twig and branch
Trill out the news with fluttering wings,
While Robin seeks the early fruit,
Impatient watching the green shoot,
And the glad tidings gaily sings.

The brook, grown weary of restraint,
Has burst its weakened bonds at last,
And rushing down the mountain-side,
Lends its fresh influence far and wide,
And Winter's icy reign is past!

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Early Detection Of Alzheimer's May Be Possible Through Spinal Fluid Test

(Source: Fox News.Com) -Timing: It’s what makes Alzheimer’s disease so difficult to treat. The only way doctors can know if a patient is suffering from the brain wasting condition is if he or she starts suffering from cognitive and memory problems – but by that point, the brain has already been significantly damaged.

But now, a new test may be able to spot Alzheimer’s years before the onset of clinical symptoms, giving physicians much more time to save the brain’s neurons from destruction.

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston have developed a new method that can detect tiny, misfolded protein fragments floating in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients. These fragments – called amyloid beta (Aβ) oligomers – have been implicated as the main culprit in Alzheimer’s disease.

According to lead researcher Claudio Soto, Aβ oligomers are precursors to the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brain – the main hallmark of Alzheimer’s.

“What happens is this amyloid protein – a normal protein we all have that circulates in our fluids – starts to change,” Soto, a professor in the department of neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, told FoxNews.com. “And it makes this protein more prone to interact and aggregate, binding to other amyloid proteins and forming small oligomers; those are proteins bound together – around five, 20 or 50 units of the protein bound together. These oligomers are moving around the cells in the brain… and are dumped into the spinal fluid.”

Adult Day Care Reduces Stress For Dementia Patient Caregivers

(Source: Parent Herald) - Caregivers can greatly reduce their stress by regularly using adult day care for the dementia patients they look after, a new study suggests. "Caring for someone with dementia often involves high levels of daily stress," lead researcher Steven H. Zarit told Reuters. "This amount of stress exerts wear-and-tear on the body."
Before the study, some people believed that adult day services actually caused more stress because of the extra effort it takes to get these dementia patients ready in the morning. But stress doesn't mean just having a lot to do in your day - there is a biological component to it as well.

When the adrenal glands produce high amounts of the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate, or DHEA-S, it helps the body combat the damaging effects of stress.

"What we found is that each day a caregiver uses adult day care interrupts a part of the body's stress response, and leads to a more normal level of a key stress hormone, DHEA-S," Zarit explained.

The study, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, adds that prolonged exposure to stress can deplete DHEA-S levels.

Evaluating & Monitoring Participants' Reactions To Learning Of Higher Alzheimer's Disease Risk Status

(Source: Medical News Today) - A new clinical trial will soon begin testing whether early medical intervention in people at risk for Alzheimer's can slow down progression of disease pathology before symptoms emerge, as outlined in Science Translational Medicine. For the first time, people with no Alzheimer's disease symptoms will be told of their risk status before being asked to join the randomized controlled trial. As part of the overall prevention trial, Penn Medicine neurodegenerative ethics experts will monitor how learning about their risk of developing Alzheimer's impacts trial participants.

Alzheimer's disease afflicts more than 13 percent of individuals over the age of 65, and remains one of the most feared consequences of aging.

"In order to ethically conduct a study where patients will learn they have a greater chance of developing Alzheimer's disease dementia, we've integrated continual assessments of potential participants throughout the process, to ensure that they are ready to receive information about their amyloid status and aren't having any adverse reactions after finding out," said Jason Karlawish, MD, professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

After The Caregiving Ends

(Source: Examiner.Com) - I recently went to the funeral of the last person in my Alzheimer's support group to die. When we and our spouses stumbled through the dark early days of trying to figure out where to turn for support and information, we formed a club that no one ever chooses to join: the Alzheimer's early-onset support group. We'd meet together in one room with a group facilitator and celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, and tell travel stories before breaking into two groups: 1) the memory loss group and 2) the caregiver group.

The memory loss group usually did an activity like an art project, led by someone trained in Memories in the Making™, or had a discussion on a topic such as why they were angry about the car keys being taken away. The caregiver group vented until the inevitable tears would fall, and we'd support each other with tips about how to go out to eat with your loved one, whether to sleep in the same bed or how to get through airport security without your loved one freaking out.

The group no longer meets because our care partners are all gone. They've all died from the disease that claims the lives of about 84,000 Americans each year. So, the next question is "what happens when you are no longer a caregiver and you can begin to carve out time for yourself again?"

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Recipe Of The Week
This colorful salad offers a symphony of flavors and textures. Savory black olives, sweet orange slices and crisp, licorice-flavored fennel balance the slightly bitter tastes of chicory, radicchio and Belgian endive.
- Recipe From Eating Well
Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad With Black Olive Vinaigrette

1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
3 medium navel or Valencia oranges
10 cups mixed lettuces, (3 small heads), such as chicory, radicchio and leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
2 heads Belgian endive, sliced
2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and sliced

1. To prepare vinaigrette: Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in oil. Stir in olives and parsley.

2. To prepare salad: Using a sharp knife, remove peel and white pith from oranges. Quarter the oranges; slice pieces crosswise.

3. Just before serving, combine lettuces, endive, fennel and the orange slices in a large bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat well.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Cover and refrigerate the vinaigrette (Step 1) for up to 2 days. Washed, dried lettuce will keep in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. Keep prepared oranges and fennel in separate containers in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours.

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

1. Who introduced the hot dog to America in 1867 on Coney Island?

2. Arthur Rozzi first put on an Independence Day fireworks display at Coney Island in what year?

3. How much did the Cyclone cost to ride on opening day in Coney Island on June 26, 1927?

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