Today’s Top Alzheimer’s News

USA2 SPOTLIGHT

Join us May 2, 2018 at 1pm (EST) for our next Alzheimer’s Talks with Jennifer Gatchel, MD, PhD from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School about depression or anxiety in older adults and its links to Alzheimer’s disease. 

Join Jill Lesser, President of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, as she moderates the “Caregiving Across the Lifespan: The Disparate Impact of Caregiving on Women and Opportunities for Change” panel on May 16th, 2018 at the Women's Health Empowerment Summit. The Summit will address issues related to caregiving, clinical trials and mental health. Registration closes on May 1st, but get two tickets for the price of one until April 30th. 

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An April 24, 2018 The Harvard Gazette article focused on Professor Albert Hofman’s talk about Alzheimer’s disease. According to the article, Hoffman “believes that most Alzheimer’s cases are due to non-genetic factors, which include trauma, such as concussions; endocrine factors relating to hormones; inflammatory factors; and vascular factors, relating to blood flow and blood vessel health.” Continued improvement in lifestyle including eating healthier and exercising regularly throughout life will bring down Alzheimer’s rates. 

RESEARCH AND SCIENCE

An April 20, 2018 7 NBC San Diego broadcast segment and article showcased the Conrad Prebys Center For Chemical Genomics and their work on Alzheimer’s disease. They just received a $1.3 million NIH grant to continue looking at specific chemical compounds to help slow the progression of AD. A local initiative, Collaboration 4 Cure, brings together researchers from The Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, J. Craig Venter Institute and the University of California, San Diego to test more than a million chemical compounds. 

CLINICAL TRIAL SPOTLIGHT

An April 23, 2018 CISION PR Newswire release announced that the Alzheimer's Prevention Registry from Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has surpassed 300,000 enrollees who signed-up to participate in AD prevention studies. The cohort is an online community of healthy people. Since the Registry’s launch, participants have been recruited into 60 studies, including 29 which are actively recruiting. According to Registry Director Jessica Langbaum, PhD, "The registry is playing a crucial role to help overcome recruitment barriers to advance prevention research. With 300,000 people dedicated to creating a future without Alzheimer's, we're able to fill more studies faster."

EVENTS AND RESOURCES

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance is launching a yearlong campaign to press for solutions based on a review of how the health care workforce has progressed in serving older adults in the past decade. The campaign, #TogetherWeCare, will share models for current and future workforce needs in areas such as dementia care and family caregiving. Look out for the #TogetherWeCare Twitter chat on May 9, 2018.

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