Alzheimer's Daily News )
A Publication of the Ageless Design Research Foundation Thursday, December 9, 2010
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Editorial Note: Each day Ageless Design Research Foundation reviews the news wires, looking for press releases and current articles relating to dementia. We write a brief description of each article along with a link to the originally written story before including it in the Alzheimer's Daily News. For more information we strongly recommend that you read the full article and draw your own conclusions.

Mark & Ellen Warner
National Alzheimer's Project Act

(Source: Alzheimer's Association) - The Alzheimer's Association applauds members of the U.S. Senate for passing the National Alzheimer's Project Act. Because of this successful vote, the nation is one step closer to a national strategic plan to address the Alzheimer's epidemic.

The Alzheimer's Association is grateful for the leadership of Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) who introduced and championed this important legislation in the Senate.

"The threat that Alzheimer's disease poses to the health and well-being of our fellow citizens demands an aggressive and well-coordinated response," said Senator Bayh. "Our bill creates the first-ever national plan to combat Alzheimer's and ensures that every dollar spent on the disease will be used to get the best possible care for patients. At a time when medical research funds are too scarce, the National Alzheimer's Project will support the kind of research that will, hopefully, one day result in a cure for this devastating disease."

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Alzheimer's Scotland Dementia Appeal

(Source: - A major fund-raising drive has been launched in Scotland to place a specialist dementia nurse in every health board.

The campaign by Alzheimer's Scotland is being headed by the Duchess of Hamilton following the death of her husband earlier this year after he was diagnosed with vascular dementia.

Alzheimer's Scotland wants to improve standards of care, reduce the inappropriate prescribing of anti-psychotic drugs and cut the number of dementia sufferers who have to go into residential care from the hospital rather than their own homes.

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The Curious Case of ApoE, Cholesterol, and Cognition

(Source: Alzheimer Research Forum) - Cholesterol not only clogs arteries and leads to heart disease, but it can be bad for your brain as well. Evidence supporting cholesterol's role in Alzheimer's disease is growing along with numerous other cardiovascular risk factors.

Apolipoprotein E (APOE), a cholesterol transporter, is the primary genetic variant associated with sporadic AD risk, supporting a central role for the sterol in the disease. Yet despite a large body of research since 1993, this role remains mysterious.

The 2010 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting showcased the cholesterol-Alzheimer's link in a symposium, where researchers explored multiple aspects of the relationship between ApoE, cholesterol, and Alzheimer's disease. Yet again, in 2010, the talks failed to add up to a unified picture of disease mechanisms; rather, they presented diverse ideas. Some researchers discussed roles for ApoE in AD pathogenesis that have nothing to do with cholesterol transport, while others focused directly on the effects and location of cholesterol in the brain. Overall, the symposium provided more questions than answers, but pointed to intriguing new directions for research.

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Taxes and Alzheimer's

(Source: Alzheimer's Association) - Before you send your tax returns to the IRS, make sure you get the tax savings you deserve. As a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you may qualify for tax deductions and credits.

Tax deductions
The cost of Alzheimer's care is high. Because caregivers pay for most care expenses out of pocket, they may be eligible for some tax deductions.

Deductible caregiving costs may include:

  • Medical care, including nursing care
  • Transportation essential to medical care
  • In-home care, such as physical therapy
  • Personal care items, such as disposable briefs and special foods
  • Nursing home care
  • Assisted living or other residential care
  • Home modifications such as grab bars and wheel chair ramps

Tax Credits
If you paid someone to care for a child or a dependent so you could work or look for work, you may be able to reduce your tax by claiming the "Child and Dependent Care Credit" on your federal income tax return. The credit is a percentage of the amount of work-related child and dependent care expenses you paid to a care provider. The credit can be up to 35 percent of your qualifying expenses, depending on your income. There are eligibility requirements to receive this credit.

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Information on Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch

(Source: Alzheimer's Association) - The Alzheimer's Association's TrialMatch is a free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease) and location.

How Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch works

Step 1

Access the TrialMatch tool on the Internet or call the toll-free number, 1-800-272-3900, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. CT, Monday-Friday.

Step 2

Complete a brief questionnaire about your diagnosis and current treatments, either online or over the phone, to create a profile for the potential clinical trial participant.

Step 3

Based on the specified eligibility criteria (i.e., diagnosis, treatment history, location), the Alzheimer's Association will compare your unique profile to its comprehensive, up-to-date clinical trial database.

Step 4

With your permission, an Alzheimer's Association Contact Center specialist will contact you to provide unbiased trial result options and trial site contact information. Specialists will not recommend any particular trial, but will help you identify trials that match your specific eligibility criteria.

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Calendar of Events for December, 2010

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The Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter is now selling tickets to the Thursday, December 16th performance of Broadway's La B�te, David Hirson's satire starring Tony Award winners David Hyde Pierce and Mark Rylance and BAFTA winner Joanna Lumley. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will support programs, services and research to benefit the New York City Alzheimer's community.

Preserving Your Memory Magazine -Autumn 2010
Cover Fall 2010

Autumn is a time of transition and change, and in that spirit, we have some good news to share on the research front (page 29) in this issue of Preserving Your Memory. We have plenty more to share, too.

Many people take advantage of cooler weather to take on home improvement projects in the fall. Did you know you could make your loved one with Alzheimer's feel more at home with some simple home design techniques? Learn how, beginning on page 8. As we head indoors, let's consider how we can make healthy meals in very little time with chef Kirk Leins (page 22).

In our cover story, the U.S. Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Regina Benjamin, M.D., shares her thoughts on getting elder minority Americans with Alzheimer's and dementia the care they need (p. 18).

And learn how Generations United, a national nonprofit organization, connects older Americans with the young in order to bridge a gap in a vital way (page 14).

Here's hoping fall brings a healthy transition to us all!

Betsey Odell
Editor in Chief

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