Alzheimer's and Dementia Blog - Caregiving, Research, and Education

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Bay Area Volunteer Shares Experience and Caregiving Insights

I decided to volunteer after I did my first Walk to End Alzheimer’s last October. I was so uplifted. I felt such a sense of camaraderie. These were people who shared my experiences and had a common goal. I absolutely wanted to be more involved with these people and this cause. I signed up to volunteer right after the walk! I have not regretted one single moment – I have had the opportunity to attend a regional training event and the various committee meetings and I have never felt so welcome. The staff at the Alzheimer’s Association and the other volunteers have been amazing. I first learned about the Walk through Live Oak. I was on their team last year and this year I have formed a team at work – Team Synopsys – in hopes of garnering even more donations and exposure for the big event.

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Inflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease

Inflammation is a very complex set of processes that are geared towards identifying, attacking and removing pathogens. In other words, the human body uses inflammation to rid itself of foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. These stimulate inflammation when they’re present in the brain or anywhere in the body where they shouldn’t be, and inflammatory response molecules move in that area to attack them.

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Watch: 2016 African American Forum – Ask the Experts Session

The 8th Annual African American Wellness Forum took place on April 16th in Berkeley, CA. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, and interact with other caregivers in similar caregiving situations. Caregivers also learned how to respond when Alzheimer’s causes unpredictable behaviors, how to reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and various ways to stay strong during stressful caregiving experiences.

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The Story of Those Living Alone with Dementia and a Free Alzheimer’s Association Resource to Help Them Cope

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free program to assist people with memory problems who live alone in San Mateo County. The Dementia Capable Services & Supports initiative was made possible with the generous support of San Mateo County and local community partners, and has already shown success in identifying high risk individuals and connecting them with legal aid, social and home safety services.

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A Tribute to Our Volunteers

The Alzheimer’s Association success is due to the commitment and dedication of thousands of volunteers across the United States who share our commitment to ending the Alzheimer’s crisis. Because of volunteers, we’re able to raise awareness and advocate for policies that will help us to ensure that all who face the disease have the quality care and support they need, and to accelerate research toward treatment and prevention of this deadly disease.