We will cast our votes for Congress and the Presidency a week from today. If you’re still trying to make up your mind about how to vote, remember to ask your candidates the following questions about where they stand on Alzheimer’s issues:
Congress required the creation of a National Alzheimer’s Plan.
William Fisher, CEO presents Alzheimer’s Association funding to Gil Rabinovichi, M.D.
I’m pleased to share with you that the Alzheimer’s Association presented a research grant check to Gil Rabinovici, M.D., neurologist at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Rabinovichi has received support from the Alzheimer’s Association since the very beginning of his career. He’s a great example of how research funding from the Alzheimer’s Association fosters young scientists and provides the opportunity to make a foothold in the industry.
The Alzheimer’s Association awarded this grant to fund Dr. Rabinovici’s study Imaging and CSF Biomarkers in the Diagnosis of Early-Onset Dementia. Continue reading “Research Grant Just Awarded!” »
Eli Lilly and Co. (Lilly) recently released additional data from two Phase 3 clinical trials of solanezumab for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, scientists at the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) reported its results of an independent analysis of the Phase 3 data. Lilly initially reported in August that the results of the Phase 3 trials did not reach their objectives, but did find that the drug-treated group showed slower cognitive decline, though only in the people with mild Alzheimer’s.
The ADCS independent analysis of the Lilly trial data with solanezumab confirmed that the two separate studies did not meet both cognitive and functional endpoints. However, the ADCS analysis found that the drug showed a statistically significant slowing of cognitive decline in people with mild Alzheimer’s. Continue reading “Solanezumab for Alzheimer’s: Scientists are hopeful” »
“I want to go home.” Many caregivers hear this from their loved one even when their loved one is sitting in the living room of the home they have lived in for many years. It also happens when there’s a change in environment or routine.
It’s upsetting to think your loved one no longer recognizes the environment around them, but this is part of the disease. The person may not believe they are in their home because they truly don’t recognize it. Or that person is likely not speaking literally but searching for the feeling of home – a sense of familiarity, security or comfort. So, what do you do in this situation? Continue reading “How to respond to “I want to go home!”” »
Two weekends ago when I was at Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Redding, I had the privilege of hearing Rhonda recite a poem written by her son about her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease. I found it inspiring and wanted to share with all of you!
My husband Fernando Rodriguez was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2005 at the age of 41. He passed away on December 23, 2011. The journey that we traveled with my husband during those six years was a learning experience. Our grandchildren learned to have an understanding of people who have a disability. Each was involved with the care of my husband until his death; the youngest being just two when his Papa passed and the oldest 16. Throughout this journey, my husband never lost his sense of humor even when it got so rough. He was an amazing man who loved to the fullest. He did not want us to be sad when he was taken, but to continue to loving and living life to the fullest. This is a poem written by my son Richard Velador that I read during Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Redding:
Stole Away Continue reading “Stole Away: A poingnant poem by a son for his Dad” »
In celebration of World Alzheimer’s Month in September, we’re highlighting Alzheimer’s stories from around the world. Today, we have a poem from Norm, who lives in the UK. Norm lives with dementia and blogs about his experience here: Norm’s Blog.
I Haven’t Got the Plague
As I walked through town today, I saw a friendly face,
But as he walked towards me, he then walked past with pace,
I’m sure that he had seen me, and saw my friendly wave,
I’ve only got Dementia, and not Bubonic plague…
Why do people treat me so, why are they so cruel…
I’m just the same as them, not some bumbling fool,
Some are friends I have known, all my working life,
Who used to chat and laugh, to both me and my wife…
But now most of them act as if I don’t exist…
And all the good times that we had are just a distant mist… Continue reading “World Alzheimer’s Month: I have dementia, not the plague!” »