Today’s Top Alzheimer’s News


Volunteers of America invites you to the book release of “The Momentum of Hope: Personal Stories of Moral Injury” on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Join featured authors, including UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Board member Meryl Comer, and experts in moral injury, for a discussion and readings from the book – a vivid and moving collection of essays by people who have experienced trauma and made the journey to recovery.  


An April 25, 2018 Forbes article spotlighted Max Tokarsky, who is giving the keynote address at the Alzheimer's-2018 International Conference in Rome, which brings together researchers focused on groundbreaking research on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. According to the article, “Tokarsky said companies are burdened so tremendously with the costs of research and clinical trials that they are in effect giving up. He said research and clinical trials for one drug can easily cost researchers hundreds of millions of dollars. And the worst part is, he said, in many instances of disease treatment, a cocktail of drugs are needed.”

An April 11, 2018 The Atlantic article, written by Dara Bramson, told the story of the dedication of her grandmother, Marjorie, to donate her brain to science. Marjorie, now 93, has dementia. According to the article, “Because of her dementia, I’ll never have the opportunity to talk more with my grandmother about her decision to be a donor. So I can only glean her motivation from conversations with those who know her best, my mother and grandfather. But at a recent book talk related to neuroscience, I met someone who—upon hearing about my research—introduced me to a 61-year-old donor, GeorgeHenry Keen. In a lively discussion, Keen explained that he decided to donate to ensure he could make positive contributions during and after life, a sentiment that captured what I believe guided my grandmother’s existence.”


An April 25, 2018 ABC 7 News broadcast segment featured Alzheimer’s advocate, journalist and author Maria Shriver speaking about her fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. About her brain health advocacy, “I’m very passionate about Alzheimer’s and about brain health. And I really think that the more we can step back and think about health holistically - our emotional health, our spiritual health, our mental health, our cognitive health, our financial health - all of these things, cause they play together… To be successful in your work, but have no kind of broader sense of you life, and don’t care about your health - I don’t think that’s success.”


This week, Being Patient launched their “Brain Talks” Facebook group - weekly live talks with experts in the field of dementia prevention and care. You'll get the chance to ask questions you can't find answers to anywhere else. The first talk is today with Dr. Ed Blonz at 8pm (EST), a nutrition researcher and assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco, on whether the ketogenic diet can promote brain health. Join the Facebook group for access to all the live talks.


An April 25, 2018 SBS News article spotlighted the work of researchers at James Cook University in Queensland on a drug to help people who suffer a traumatic brain injury. According to the article, "Repeated concussions from early years to mid-30s can lead to late-life disability, including dementia-like symptoms, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other cognitive and neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease.”

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