The National Institute on Aging needs volunteers

With new government funds released to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), more researchers are receiving funds to support their Alzheimer’s and related dementia studies. This means that the demand for volunteers will continue to increase.  From drug treatments to brain stimulation, caregiver interventions to assistive technology, view a sample of the wide range of NIA sponsored dementia focused research here or search for trials directly at clinicaltrials.gov


From a Christmas party to the recording studio

Margret Mackie has dementia and is a resident of a care community for seniors in Edinburgh, Scotland.  One of her caregivers, Jamie Lee Morley, invited her to sing with him during the care community’s Christmas party.  Their rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” became a YouTube hit, and prompted Jamie to coordinate a professional recording of their duet.  Profits from their recording are directed to the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia U.K.  The single reached the number 6 spot on U.K.’s Amazon download chart and number 27 on iTunes’ Top 40 in the U.K. Read more about the pair here


What’s Happening in the Alzheimer’s Field?

Biogen to relaunch Aducanumab 

As you have seen in the news and in our newsletter, Biogen halted their Phase 3 studies of Aducanumab last March. Months later, Biogen requested that the FDA approve the drug for market after review if new positive data. The FDA request is still under review; however, approval has been made to allow patients who were enrolled in the halted trials to begin receiving the drug again. Read more about the relaunch here.

Could Alexa detect the beginning of dementia?

Researchers at Dartmouth and UMass Boston have been awarded $1.2 million to develop a system that would detect changes in speech patterns to determine if someone is at risk of developing dementia. Researchers hope that one day the system could be enabled on in-home voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home.  Read more about the researchers’ plans  here.

Hydration and cognitive function

Dehydration can cause headaches, lethargy and other issues, but it may also contribute to lower cognitive function, particularly in older women.  In a recent study, blood and cognitive function tests were compared. Researchers found a correlation between underhydration and decreased cognitive function. Learn more about the research 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!

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