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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

Aug 172014
Alzheimer's Killed my Mom Five Years Ago

It was 5 years ago today that my mom, Ida, died from Alzheimer’s. In thinking about her today, many wonderful memories brought a smile to my face. When asked about one of them, I said I remember as a 10 year-old sitting in the kitchen while she cooked dinner, talking about life. Even at 10 she ed me like an adult, we spoke like adults and she shared her values with me that define me today in many ways. As the decades passed and Alzheimer’s took hold of my mom, I became the adult and she became the 10 year-old. continue reading

Jan 052014
A Quick Update on the War Against Alzheimer's

This 6 minute video addresses many questions about Alzheimer’s including the current status of ,  ment and prevention. Please turn off the television, go to someplace quiet and listen carefully to this outstanding short update. “We now have a good picture of the stages of the disease, going from this gooey toxic material that sticks to the nerve cells and kills them and then the nerve cells die from within, and then, even worse, the brain sees all this and thinks it’s an attack from the outside and the immune cells start to attack the nerve cells, and nerve cells continue reading

Oct 192013
A Promising Direction in Alzheimer's Research: Dr. Huntington Potter

I had a wonderful opportunity yesterday, October 18, 2013, to meet with one of the leading Alzheimer’s researchers, Dr. Huntington Potter. He recently moved to Colorado to join the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Alzheimer’s and Down Syndrome Dr. Potter is well known for his discovery of the mechanistic relationship between Alzheimer’s Disease and Down syndrome. Current research estimates all people with Down syndrome will have the brain pathology of Alzheimer’s disease but only about half will have the associated continue reading

Aug 162013
You Don't Want It Bad Enough

At the end of my physical limits, I slowed down then fell to my knees. My high school track coach, now hovering over me like a bird of prey, let loose a primal scolding: “Get back up! Keep running. Arnette, you don’t want it bad enough.” After pushing myself so hard that I vomited on a daily basis, my weak ankles were taped before each practice and iced after, I still set records in high school but that was not enough. My coach had confused motivation and intimidation. Neither worked that day as I looked up at him and simply continue reading