2018 Annual Caregiver Education Conference
The Center for Outreach in Alzheimer's, Aging and Community Health (COAACH) celebrated and hosted caregivers from across North Carolina at the tenth annual caregiver conference "10 Years Transforming the Lives of Caregivers…..the Journey Continues".
The conference featured Byron Pitts of ABC News as the keynote speaker, and cognitive neuropsychologist Lisa L. Barnes, Ph.D., the Alla V. and Solomon Jesmer Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Rush University.
At the daylong event, caregivers learned about cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research, best practices in caring for their loved ones, gained insights on providing the often-overlooked practice of self-care, did health screenings, received a host of helpful resources from event vendors and networked with each other. 

Thank you to our conference sponsors, volunteers, and caregivers for your continued support over the past decade! 
COAACH Featured
COAACH Caregiver College - Lay Health Ambassadors' Community Events
Great job, Lay Health Ambassador graduates! Thank you for continuing to host amazing outreach events and providing opportunities to educate the community and congregations about best practices in managing Alzheimer’s, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

These are some ways that Lay Health Ambassadors are making a difference in the community:
Locust Grove Baptist Church in collaboration with the City of Refuge Church and All Nations Evangelical Church, hosted a community health fair in October with the theme, “The Role of the Black Church in Health Care”. The event featured engaging speakers who discussed such things as health care and the role of the Black church, access to Medicare/Medicaid and diabetes prevention and treatment. Participants enjoyed a healthy breakfast and lunch. They could also attend a music therapy session and meet with a host of vendors. 
Also, in October, Lay Health Ambassadors Geraldine Bryant and Mary Dixon hosted the “Healthy Living Enhancing Our Lifestyle” program. Guests included a representative from the Cooperative Extension program in Duplin County who shared recipes and provided a healthy eating demonstration. The well-attended event was opened to the public and included students from James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville, NC.
Alzheimer’s News & Information

A New Alzheimer’s Disease Vaccine maybe on the Horizon
In a recent study published in Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy, researchers developed and tested an active DNA vaccine that lowered beta-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brains of mice. This vaccine is important because it activates the immune system by producing antibodies that have the ability to combat plaques and tangles in the brain that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. While this success occurred in an animal model, the results are still promising in reducing the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s in humans at early and late stages of the disease. Learn more about this study.  

Citation: Rosenberg RN, Fu M, Lambracht-Washington D. Active full-length DNA Aβ42 Immunization in 3xTg-AD mice reduces not only amyloid deposition but also tau pathology. Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy 2018; 10:115.

"Alzheimer's, like breast cancer, is not one disease," said lead author Shubhabrata Mukherjee, research assistant professor in general internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. "I think a good drug might fail in a clinical trial because not all the subjects have the same kind of Alzheimer's. More information: et al, Genetic data and cognitively defined late-onset Alzheimer's disease subgroups, Molecular Psychiatry (2018). 

Early results produced by a new effort to help first responders handle dementia-related calls are encouraging enough that some are already thinking about how to expand the program to other communities across the region.

Exercise is prescribed to reduce the risk of a number of chronic health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Medical researchers at a number of institutions, including Washington University School of Medicine, are studying whether exercise and cholesterol-lowering medication are good for brain health as well. They are recruiting older adults for a two-year Risk Reduction for Alzheimer’s disease study.

Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and researchers want to understand why.

Q-Tip of “A Tribe Called Quest”, announced his mother’s illness on Instagram and shared that he cares for her on a regular basis. He also uses music to help combat her memory loss.
Congratulations, COAACH Interns!!
Vivian King completed her Master’s of Science degree in biology from North Carolina A&T State University. She worked with COAACH as a graduate intern to complete her thesis, “Diabetes and Cognitive Decline in African Americans.” Vivian was also the 2018 president of the student-led organization, Aggies Against Alzheimer’s, which increases awareness of Alzheimer’s among students on the campus.
Liane Freshwater received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English with a concentration in technical writing from North Carolina A&T State University on December 8. Liane will attend graduate school at East Carolina University next fall where she will study English. As a COAACH intern, Liane participated in the research project, Reading for Health which explores the connection between book clubs and learning about health disparities.
Healthy Holiday Tips and Recipe
The holiday season is a time for get-togethers with friends and family, dinners and festive parties—and for menus packed with plenty of sweet treats and high-calorie foods. But before you dig in, consider making smart, nutritious choices during the holiday. Give these tips a try:

  • Drink a large glass of water before eating.
  • Avoid fried foods and use alternative choices, such as baked, grilled, steamed, braised, or sautéed.
  • Start with soup, fresh vegetables, or salad. 
  • Avoid sweet appetizers that could start a craving. Avoid bread and refined flour pastries.
  • Use fresh herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor your food.
  • Choose leaner cuts of meats, beans, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Create or buy fresh fruits desserts as an alternative to baked goods and candy.
SIMPLE ROAST CHICKEN... the ultimate comfort food!

Rely on a simple, rich, and favorable roasted chicken, that will require less of your time in the kitchen and more time with family and friends.

  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered 
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered 
  • 3 sprigs fresh tarragon 
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme 
  • 1 5-pound chicken, giblets removed 
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. 
  • Place onion, garlic, tarragon, and thyme into the cavity of the chicken. Tie the legs together with kitchen string, mostly closing the cavity opening. Pull the wings so the tips overlap on top of the breast; tie in place, wrapping the string around the wings and body. Rub the chicken with oil, salt, and pepper. Set in a roasting pan, breast-side down. 
  • Roast the chicken for 25 minutes. Turn breast-side up and continue roasting, basting occasionally with pan juices, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, without touching bone, registers 175°F, 1¼ to 1½ hours. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes. Remove the string before carving.
Caregiver Tips
To be your best self for the person you’re caring for, practice taking care of YOU 

  • Take a break - whether it’s spending 30 minutes on a hobby you enjoy, going for a walk or reading a book, take time for yourself 
  • Sit quietly - in calm surroundings with soft lights and pleasant scents
  • Watch your blood pressure - according to a study by the American Psychological Association, caregivers’ high level of stress can lead to high blood pressure 
  • Aromatherapy – lavender, citrus, vanilla, cinnamon, peppermint
  • Breathe deeply – rest your mind and oxygenate
  • Laugh and Smile – watch comedy, look at photos of children or animals
  • Stretch your body - front to back, side to side, and across
  • Soak - in a warm bath, or just your hands or feet
  • Have a cup of decaffeinated tea or coffee 
  • Make sure you get enough sleep 
  • Let people help you

Wishing You a Happy and Healthy Holiday and New Year!
Upcoming Events
Healthy Aging Lunch & Learn Monthly Series 
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
(Free and open to the public - light lunch provided)

Stay Connected: 2019 Lunch and Learn schedule coming soon
N.C. A&T Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group Sessions 
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Stay Connected: 2019 Lunch and Learn schedule coming soon

For more information about the Lunch & Learn and Support Group meetings, please contact COAACH at 336.285.2165 or click on the link below: 

COAACH Mission
The mission of COAACH is to improve the health and well-being of communities by providing education, community empowerment and evidence-based research so that individuals, particularly the most vulnerable, can live life with quality, dignity, and independence.