Metals are nearly everywhere in our environment, and they are present naturally in our body and brain. They play important roles in our diet and they are essential to a variety of processes in our body and brain. A newly-published study that has received a lot of news coverage in the past couple days suggest a possible link between exposure to copper and beta amyloid, a protein many scientists believe play a critical role in developing Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s the analysis of this Alzheimer’s Association-funded study: Continue reading “Alzheimer’s research in the news: Copper” »
I last spoke to my father nearly five years ago. He was finally diagnosed with dementia in 2007 after a number of misdiagnoses and long battles with depression and substance abuse. During our last conversation, I remember feeling so relieved to know that he still knew my name, roughly how old I was and most important, that I would visit soon.
Before I had the chance, however, my father, Alexis Susoev, a name I carry with me every day in mine, Tanya Alexis Susoev, was gone. To this day, I don’t know what happened to my dad. We have hypothesized that he simply forgot the history of his life with us and just started over. For years I carried a lot of anger with me in new and residual pain of his absence and even more, anger in myself for never offering forgiveness and never having the opportunity to say goodbye.
As a result, I allowed him to be forgotten just as I felt he forgot about me. Continue reading “Play Through the Pain” »
Hi everyone, I just had to share this awesome story I got from our Walk in Sacramento. Nicole is walking to end Alzheimer’s in honor of her dad, then that very same evening, she her dad will walk her down the aisle! A wedding and Walk all in the same day? Now that is a bride on a mission! Here’s the story in Nicole’s words:
This is the first time our family has had a real hands on experience with Alzheimer’s. My grandpa on my dad’s side also had it, but he lived in Florida so we didn’t experience the daily struggle of taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s.
My dad retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in 2003 after 30 years. We started noticing that he was a little more forgetful but we attributed it to retirement brain – going from being a detective to a retiree was bound to take its toll. We had a rough couple of years with family problems. Continue reading “Nicole: A bride on a mission!” »
The eyes are very close to and densely connected to the brain and thus may be similarly affected by physical changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers in the report hope these tests will someday assist with earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading “Could the eyes be the window to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis?” »