Changing care roles: Early-onset Alzheimer’s
Early-onset Alzheimer’s, which affects people under the age of 65, can have a different impact on a family than a typical AD diagnosis. This is showcased in a recent Syracuse.com article that features Dave Camp, who is 61 and has been diagnosed with early-onset AD. His parents, both in their 80’s, have reprised their role as caregiver. Watch a short clip below and read more about their journey balancing their son’s safety and dignity here.
Treating hearing loss to lower dementia risk
As researchers work to find the cause of and cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, there are several risk factors that people can modify to help reduce the risk and/or progression of dementia. These modifiable risk factors include smoking, blood pressure, exercise, and social isolation. Importantly, a recent report shows that prevention and treatment of hearing loss trumps them all. Read more about how hearing influences brain function here.
Positive results for dementia-related psychosis treatment
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals presented positive results from its Phase 3 study of Pimavanserin for dementia-related psychosis at the Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) meeting in December. The treatment is currently FDA-approved for use in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Read the ACADIA press release here.
Diagnosing asymptomatic AD
If someone does not show outward signs of Alzheimer’s, do they actually have it? Neurologist and author Dr. Gayatri Devi shares the difficult task of diagnosing someone who seems to be functioning normally, with a neurodegenerative disease. Read about the diagnostic journey of her and her patient here.
Treating high blood pressure
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) recently reported findings on dementia and hypertension. Data from over 31,000 study participants indicate that treating high blood pressure reduces the risk of developing dementia by 12% and risk of developing AD specifically by 16%, regardless of the type of antihypertensive drug used for treatment. Read more on the NIA website here.
Music and memory
Many families have stories of their loved one with dementia responding to music, but researchers are continuing to uncover why and how the brain responds to music. Read a thoughtful story of how Christmas carols helped a daughter connect to her mother here, and watch Recruitment Partners’ very own Dr. Jacobo Mintzer’s TED talk on music and memory here.
Who We Are & What We Do
Recruitment Partners’ mission is to increase education & access to Alzheimer’s research. We recognize the importance of partnering with the individual’s care providers to meaningfully and successfully engage them in research.We have experience working with adult day health centers & long term care communities to help individuals with AD and their caregivers learn more about the research available in their community, and build a bridge for participation.Join our network! Email Erin Beck today!