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AARP investing $60 million to fund research and treatment for Kentuckians suffering from Alzheimer’s

Mary Kuhlman Public News Service An estimated 71,000 people in Kentucky are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and efforts to better treat and potentially cure the brain disease are getting a major boost from AARP, which is investing $60 million in the Disrupt Dementia Discovery Fund for dementia and Alzheimer’s research. Dementia silently destroys the brain for nearly 15 years before...

Alzheimer’s advocates to ‘Turn the Kentucky State Capitol Purple’ to raise awareness March 15

Alzheimer’s Association, AARP Kentucky, and the Kentucky Association for Gerontology are hosting Advocacy Day to bring awareness to the increased occurrences of Alzheimer’s disease as well as other dementias. Hundreds will gather on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in room 113 at the Capitol Annex building in Frankfort. These groups will address the escalating number of family caregivers throughout the...

Constance Alexander: In both fact and fiction, emotional toll of Alzheimer’s is overwhelming

Ben has that memory thing. He forgets the name, but he knows it’s normal to be able to remember his childhood but not yesterday. Sometimes he cannot call his wife’s name or the name of the daughter who is walking beside him. Words get dammed up inside him. He knows he should not feel bad about these things, but he does. Ben is one of the main characters of “Stars Go Blue,” a novel by Laura...

Secretary of State’s Medical Cannabis Task Force discusses concepts of 2018 Legislative proposal

Members of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Rep. John Sims’ medical cannabis task force on Thursday discussed the concepts of a legislative proposal for the 2018 legislative session. The legislation is anticipated to be bipartisan. “In the weeks since we announced this effort on medical cannabis, I’ve heard the stories of Kentuckians in every part of the state – countless...

Secretary of State meets with advocates to discuss ‘patient-centered’ medical marijuana legislation

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday initiated discussions about Kentucky medical marijuana legislation with a panel of experts and advocates in Frankfort. Grimes announced the effort last week. “I came to Frankfort to help people, and there are thousands of Kentuckians who need and are begging for medical marijuana to help ease their pain,” said Grimes. “Today’s...

Secretary of State convening task force to propose legislative action to legalize medical marijuana

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is convening a task force of Kentuckians to focus on a legislative proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Grimes announced Wednesday. The group will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes. “Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects...

Constance Alexander: ‘Music Alive’ program offers hope to Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers alike

More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and more than 15 million are providing unpaid care for them. Total up the cost, and it is estimated that the 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care and assistance to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia contribute a whopping $230.1 billion to the nation. If those numbers are not enough to get your attention, get a load of this: •...

Sanders-Brown Markesbery Symposium focuses on why some people don’t get Alzheimer’s or dementia

By Laura Dawahare and Allison Perry Special to KyForward Why do some people stay intellectually sharp into their 90s, while others have memory problems? Is there anything we can learn from their lifestyles that can help everyone age successfully? These are among topics scheduled for the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging’s Markesbery Symposium on Nov. 3-4. Keynote speakers...

Over 2000 join Alzheimer’s Association Lexington’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raise over $220,000

More than 2,000 residents from the Lexington area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions on August 26 at the Fayette County Courthouse. Participants raised over $220,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support, and research programs. Teams continue to fundraise, and this amount is expected to grow over the coming...

More information needed about relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome

By Elizabeth Head and Frederick Schmitt Special to KyForward People who have Down syndrome may develop Alzheimer’s disease at a younger age than people without Down syndrome. Recently, however, research showed that some people with Down syndrome might not develop dementia at all. Doctors and researchers are still trying to learn why some people with Down syndrome develop dementia, either earlier...

The Balm in Gilead, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging launch Memory Sunday Weekend

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward Phyllis Wilson was driving home from Fayette Mall by taking the back roads, just as she had done hundreds of times in the past to avoid the heavy Nicholasville Road traffic. Suddenly, her surroundings did not look familiar and she felt lost as her heart raced. She pulled over to the side of the road and tried to calm herself. After a few minutes, she pulled back...

UK women’s assistant coach Elzy presents $40,000 to Summitt Foundation for Alzheimer’s research

University of Kentucky women’s basketball associate head coach Kyra Elzy and her husband Dexter Lander in conjunction with head coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife Jenna, presented a $40,000 check to The Pat Summitt Foundation on Monday as a result of the 2016-17 SEC Win Challenge. The SEC Win Challenge raises funds to support the foundation’s work with the 2016-17 challenge expanding to include...

SEC Win Challenge invites fans of all SEC schools to help raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease

Officials of The Pat Summitt Foundation expressed their appreciation to University of Kentucky women’s basketball associate head coach and former Lady Vol Kyra Elzy and her husband Dexter Lander for their continued sponsorship of the SEC Win Challenge that raises funds to support the foundation’s work. Elzy and Dexter’s leadership of the effort includes their personal donation of $100 for each...

SmartHealthToday: Nearly 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, exacts a devastating toll

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. At the time fewer than 2 million Americans suffered from Alzheimer’s. Today the number has soared to nearly 5.4 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and that number is likely to triple by 2050. Despite the disease’s increasing toll, many Americans...

Commentary: Without substantial federal investment, effort to end Alzheimer’s just an empty promise

By Chris Nation Special to KyForward As an Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador, I champion the fight to end Alzheimer’s and am proud of our community’s efforts. On Sept. 10, nearly 3,000 residents from Louisville and the surrounding area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s ® united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Through their dedication,...

UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging receives $8.25 million to continue Alzheimer’s research

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) has been awarded an $8.25 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue and further research and clinical initiatives geared toward treating Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, only 30 designated Alzheimer’s Disease Centers...

Alzheimer’s Association Lexington benefit walk raises more than $200,000 for support programs

More than 1,700 residents from the Lexington area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions recently at the Fayette County Courthouse. Participants raised over $200,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support, and research programs. Teams continue to fundraise, and this amount is expected to grow over the coming weeks....

Alzheimer’s Association set to host 22nd annual Lexington fundraising walk on Aug. 27

The annual Lexington Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at the Fayette County Courthouse Aug. 27, beginning at 9 a.m. This is the 22nd year the Alzheimer’s Association has hosted the event. The Walk’s success has supported research for a cure and helped over 100,000 families in the Chapter area living with Alzheimer’s. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held annually in more than 600 communities...

Study shows increased exercise at any age a factor in keeping your mind young

By Allison Perry and Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. A group of researchers led by Nathan Johnson, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, was able to demonstrate a positive correlation between fitness and blood flow to areas of the brain...

Your Health: Can this hybrid diet significantly reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s?

By Melanie Johnson Special to KyForward Research in the past few years has found that following a Mediterranean diet may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, but now a hybrid diet has been shown to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 53 percent in participants who adhered to the diet rigorously, and by about 35 percent in those who followed it moderately well. The MIND diet focuses on...