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Sep 182018
Back to Nepal for Alzheimer's

My passion is climbing and my life’s purpose is as an Alzheimer’s Advocate. In that spirit, I’m excited to share this announcement with my friends, supporters, and followers that I’m returning to Nepal in October 2018 for the 12th time. I will be climbing again and raising money for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing or reversing Alzheimer’s disease through venture-based philanthropy. I’ve worked with them since 2008. This will be a personal milestone for me as well. On February 10, 2017, while training for the 8000-meter peak Dhaulagiri, continue reading

Dec 212017
Looking for Alzheimer's Signs over the Holidays

With Christmas just around the corner and other holiday celebrations in full swing, now is the time to raise our awareness of early signs that a loved one may have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Ida’s Story I have shared this before but in the department of “could of, would of, should of” it is a constant reminder of my own “what if” story. In 2001 we returned to Memphis to visit my parents over Christmas, something I had regularly done since leaving Memphis to start my career over three decades earlier. One of our annual traditions was continue reading

World Alzheimer’s Day starts with You

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Sep 212017
World Alzheimer's Day starts with You

September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day and with it comes the normal volume of news with huge numbers – millions, billions and trillions – trying to capture the scope and size of the problem, people impacted and costs and it comes with scary words like crisis, tsunami, and urgent. But, with respect to these stories, it all about you. For me the millions who have Alzheimer’s’ pale in comparison to the one who was killed by it, Ida Arnette. Never in my wildest moment did I think she would develop the disease and would not recognize me the last years continue reading

Jul 072017

I remain hopeful that thru dedicated research, a cure will be found for Alzheimer’s Disease.   I often see headlines like this “Drug restores cells and memories in Alzheimer’s mouse models” bringing hope to the millions who suffer, but the reality is quite different.   Alzheimer’s disease drug candidates has one of the highest failures rates of any disease area – 99.6%, compared with 81% for cancer. One of the issues revolves around using mice for these studies.   Recently I had a long talk with the CEO of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Tim Armour. He said that while mice are continue reading

Nov 102016
Encouraging Alzheimer's News

I spoke at an Alzheimer’s conference last week and had a chance to listen to expert speakers on the latest research news. I am encouraged. While much of this has been announced piecemeal over the past few months, this is a recap for those not following the daily updates. Funding UP! First up is that the US Government has increased the research funding thru the National Institutes of Health. It is now close to $1 Billion annual dollars – almost twice the amount only a few years ago but still well under the estimated $2 Billion that is estimated to fund a cure by continue reading

Aug 162016
7 Years after Ida's Death

Today, I am climbing Mt. Ida, 12889′ in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a perfect peak to honor my mom, Ida, who died from Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) on August 16 2009. Over 5.3 million have AD just in the U.S. alone, and an estimated 47 million worldwide. It is the sixth leading cause of all deaths in the United States, and the fifth leading cause of death in Americans aged 65 and older. Whereas other major causes of death have been on the decrease, deaths attributable to AD have been rising dramatically.8 Between 2000 and 2006, heart-disease deaths decreased nearly 12%, stroke continue reading

Jun 172016
A Father's Day Memory - Climbing, Alzheimer's and Regrets

I walked over to my Dad, sitting in ‘his’ chair in the home where my brother and I were raised from the 1950s. Mom sat quietly in ‘her’ chair across the living room. Ken sat on the couch. I got on my knees to make direct eye contact with him. “Dad, you know Mom is sick and needs 24 hour care” I said gently knowing she was listening but not really understanding. We knew something was wrong with Mom but had no idea it was Alzheimer’s. Dad got the 1,000 yard stare and nodded his head, as tears welled up in continue reading

House Appropriations Committee Proposes Significant Increase in Alzheimer’s Research Funding

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Jun 162015
House Appropriations Committee Proposes Significant Increase in Alzheimer's Research Funding

Alzheimer’s research budget would increases by $300 Million if today’s proposed bill is approved. Please contact your Congressional representatives and ask them to support this increase which would be the largest in history for Alzheimer’s. Use this link to find your Representative This summary is from the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund: Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is extremely happy with the House Appropriations Subcommittee bill for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that was released today. The bill, medicine which still has to be approved by the Committee and full House, includes a $1.1 billion increase for NIH, a more than 25% increase continue reading

Mar 192015
Forgetting Your Life

What if one night you received an email telling you that you had a 90% chance of developing Alzheimer’s and you were 51 years-old? That’s what happened to Jamie Tyrone. She has a rare combination of genes that makes her risk of Alzheimer’s more than 90%. Rather than let those discouraging odds keep her down, she create a non-profit Beating Alzheimer’s Through Embracing Science. Her local newspaper, UT San Diego recently profiled her. I found it inspiring. It was Jamie who put me in touch with Banner’s Alzheimer’s Institute and the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry.  If the next generation, or continue reading