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December 2023 Newsletter

We hope you and yours have a wonderful and warm holiday time!

Here are some tools and tips to making the holidays easier for people living with dementia:

  • Travel: Minimize luggage, let the airline know ahead of time that you have someone with you with dementia, avoid very crowded areas, know where there are hospitals in the area you are traveling to. Learn more here.
  • Festivities: Update family members on how the person with dementia is doing before the festivities, familiarize the person with dementia with the guests beforehand by showing photos, sharing stories, or arranging a phone or Facetime chat prior to the celebration, prepare a quiet place away from the crowd if needed, factor the person’s routine into scheduling the celebration and if possible, plan the celebration around their routine. Learn more here.

Book an Aging Research Webinar for Your Community!
Are the families in your network reluctant to engage in research?  Are there myths and misunderstandings surrounding research that are barriers to their participation? Let Recruitment Partners and Aging Research Navigators bring research education to your community!  We offer a series of talks on aging, Alzheimer’s and related dementia, and caregiver research, at no charge. If you are interested in booking one of our webinars and offering this important information to members of your network or community, please reach out

If you are helping a grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister or step-kin (stepparent, stepsibling, stepgrandparent) with dementia, CareEx Virginia Tech researchers would love to hear from you.

CareEx is a research project funded by the National Institute on Aging that aims to understand the experiences of extended family and step-family caregivers of relatives with dementia. CareEx uses telephone interviews to learn about family caregivers and their service use, needs, and challenges. The findings of this project will be used to develop more effective services and programs to support family caregivers and enhance the quality of life of persons with dementia.

Participants must live in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland, or the District of Columbia.

Learn more and fill out an interest form here.

Agitation in Alzheimer’s Research Study

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Tufts Medical Center, and McLean Hospital are investigating the use of an FDA-approved drug called dronabinol (Marinol) to treat agitation and aggression in people with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Participation in the study involves:

  • Initial testing including a blood draw and EKG
  • 5 clinic visits over the course of 3 weeks, with the option to complete some visits remotely 
  • Participants must live either in or near the greater Boston area or Baltimore area

Learn more and fill out an interest form here.

In Memorium: Rosalynn Carter

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter died peacefully last month with her family by her side. She was 96 years old. She was diagnosed with dementia earlier this year.

Rosalynn Carter was a humanitarian, champion for mental health, and caregiver advocate. President Jimmy Carter’s statement following her death: “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished, she gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”  Learn more about her legacy here

What’s Happening in the Dementia Field?

Large-scale Research on Link Between Dementia and Ethnicities

A new study carried out in the United Kingdom and published in PLOS One Journal finds that these “modifiable risk factors” increase dementia risk for Black and South Asian people more than white people. The study examined data from 865,674 people from ‘CALIBER’, a database of anonymized electronic health records for 50 million people in the U.K. Compared with the risk for white people, in South Asian people, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, low high-density lipoprotein and sleep disorders conferred a higher risk of dementia. In Black people, hypertension conferred a higher risk. Learn more here.

Interested in learning how RP makes connections between care communities and researchers? 

Email us today or schedule a 30 minute call to learn more.

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