Incredible $1 Million Matching Challenge! – Alzheimer’s disease

I’m writing to tell you about an extraordinary opportunity to make your gift go twice as far in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Your gift can have twice the impact!
$50 ? $100
$100 ? $200
$150 ? $300


An anonymous donor from California has agreed to give $1 million to the Alzheimer’s Association if we can raise that same amount by June 15, 2015. Her generous gift will enhance local care and support services as well as Alzheimer’s Association international research efforts.
Our Spring Matching Gift Challenge represents a vital opportunity to make one gift and have twice the impact. This means your tax-deductible donation of $50 can become $100, or a gift of $100 can become $200.
Any amount you give helps to advance research and ensure care and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and that number may reach 16 million by 2050 if we don’t make significant progress. Only by joining together can we continue to improve the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s today while developing new breakthroughs that could change the trajectory of this devastating disease.
Please take advantage of this limited chance to join our benefactor and make an urgently needed gift that can help us move closer to our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Thank you!

Seth Rogen uses comedy to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s

Seth Rogen uses comedy to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s

Actor and Alzheimer’s advocate Seth Rogen continues to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease through Hilarity for Charity (HFC) benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, a movement to mobilize young people to fight the disease. Since 2012, HFC has raised almost $2.5 million through its annual variety show, collegiate fundraising program HFC U and other important initiatives. In direct response, HFC has funded a variety of programs, including a Google Hangout Support Group for caregivers under 40 and a grant program for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers through a partnership with Home Instead Senior Care. Currently, Rogen is working on a documentary showing the devastating reality of Alzheimer’s.

11 opportunities to learn during May – Alzheimer’s research

11 opportunities to learn during May

If you are curious about memory loss, look at Know the 10 Signs. If you need specific knowledge or just something to make your life easier, try Learning to Connect, Healthy Habits for a Healthier You or learn about Alzheimer’s research. No matter where you are in the journey we have a program that will help.

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There are currently 50 education program events listed in our database. To view and register for our events, use the search tool below.

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Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s

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Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers

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Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment

Alzheimer’s Disease in the African American Community

Understanding Early Memory Loss

Dementia Conversations

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Early Stage Caregivers

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Late Stage Caregivers

Healthy Habits for a Healthier You

Alzheimer’s Research: Get Informed, Get Involved

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You may be able to influence some Alzheimer’s disease risk factors

You may be able to influence some Alzheimer’s disease risk factors

Scientists have identified factors that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The most important risk factors — age, family history and heredity — can’t be changed, but emerging evidence suggests there may be other factors we can influence.

Scientists have identified factors that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. The most important risk factors—age, family history and heredity—can’t be changed, but emerging evidence suggests there may be other factors we can influence.


Family history
What you can do now


The greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer’s is advancing age. Most individuals with the disease are age 65 or older. The likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s doubles about every five years after age 65. After age 85, the risk reaches nearly 50 percent. One of the greatest mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease is why risk rises so dramatically as we grow older.

Learn more: 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s, Steps to Diagnosis and Visiting Your Doctor.

Family history

Another strong risk factor is family history. Those who have a parent, brother, sister or child with Alzheimer’s are more likely to develop the disease. The risk increases if more than one family member has the illness. When diseases tend to run in families, either heredity (genetics) or environmental factors, or both, may play a role.

Aluminum not a cause

During the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum emerged as a possible suspect in causing Alzheimer’s disease. This suspicion led to concerns about everyday exposure to aluminum through sources such as cooking pots, foil, beverage cans, antacids and antiperspirants. Since then, studies have failed to confirm any role for aluminum in causing Alzheimer’s. Almost all scientists today focus on other areas of research, and few experts believe that everyday sources of aluminum pose any threat.

Learn more: Myths About Alzheimer’s

Genetics (heredity)

Scientists know genes are involved in Alzheimer’s. There are two types of genes that can play a role in affecting whether a person develops a disease—risk genes and deterministic genes. Alzheimer’s genes have been found in both categories.

  1. Risk genes increase the likelihood of developing a disease, but do not guarantee it will happen. Scientists have so far identified several risk genes implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. The risk gene with the strongest influence is called apolipoprotein E-e4 (APOE-e4). Scientists estimate that APOE-e4 may be a factor in 20 to 25 percent of Alzheimer’s cases.
    APOE-e4 is one of three common forms of the APOE gene; the others are APOE-e2 and APOE-e3. Everyone inherits a copy of some form of APOE from each parent. Those who inherit APOE-e4 from one parent have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Those who inherit APOE-e4 from both parents have an even higher risk, but not a certainty. Scientists are not yet certain how APOE-e4 increases risk. In addition to raising risk, APOE-e4 may tend to make Alzheimer’s symptoms appear at a younger age than usual.
  2. Deterministic genes directly cause a disease, guaranteeing that anyone who inherits them will develop the disorder. Scientists have discovered variations that directly cause Alzheimer’s disease in the genes coding three proteins: amyloid precursor protein (APP), presenilin-1 (PS-1) and presenilin-2 (PS-2).
    When Alzheimer’s disease is caused by these deterministic variations, it is called “autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease (ADAD)” or “familial Alzheimer’s disease,” and many family members in multiple generations are affected. Symptoms nearly always develop before age 60, and may appear as early as a person’s 30s or 40s. Deterministic Alzheimer’s variations have been found in only a few hundred extended families worldwide. True familial Alzheimer’s accounts for less than 5 percent of cases.

Genetic testing

Genetic tests are available for both APOE-e4 and the rare genes that directly cause Alzheimer’s. However, health professionals do not currently recommend routine genetic testing for Alzheimer’s disease. Testing for APOE-e4 is sometimes included as a part of research studies.
Learn more: Genetic Testing Topic Sheet

A closer look: Genes linked to Alzheimer’s

The 23 human chromosome pairs contain all of the 30,000 genes that code the biological blueprint for a human being. This interactive illustration highlights the chromosomes containing each of the three genes that cause familial Alzheimer’s and the gene with the greatest impact on Alzheimer’s risk.

23 chromosome pairs

Amyloid precursor protein (APP), discovered in 1987, is the first gene with mutations found to cause an inherited form of Alzheimer’s.

Presenilin-1 (PS-1), identified in 1992, is the second gene with mutations found to cause early-onset of Alzheimer’s. Variations in this gene are the most common cause of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Presenilin-2 (PS-2), 1993, is the third gene with mutations found to cause early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Apolipoprotein E-e4 (APOE4), 1993, is the first gene variation found to increase risk of Alzheimer’s and remains the risk gene with the greatest known impact. Having this mutation, however, does not mean that a person will develop the disease.


Genetics in Alzheimer’s (14 min.)

  • Genetic Testing Topic Sheet (2 pages
  • What you can do now: Factors you may be able to influence
  • Most experts believe that the majority of Alzheimer’s disease occurs as a result of complex interactions among genes and other risk factors. Age, family history and heredity are all risk factors we can’t change. Now, research is beginning to reveal clues about other risk factors we may be able to influence through general lifestyle and wellness choices and effective management of other health conditions.

    Head trauma: There may be a strong link between serious head injury and future risk of Alzheimer’s, especially when trauma occurs repeatedly or involves loss of consciousness. Protect your brain by buckling your seat belt, wearing your helmet when participating in sports, and “fall-proofing” your home. Learn more about traumatic brain injury.

    Heart-head connection: Growing evidence links brain health to heart health. Your brain is nourished by one of your body’s richest networks of blood vessels. Every heartbeat pumps about 20 to 25 percent of your blood to your head, where brain cells use at least 20 percent of the food and oxygen your blood carries.

    The risk of developing Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia appears to be increased by many conditions that damage the heart or blood vessels. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol. Work with your doctor to monitor your heart health and treat any problems that arise.

    Studies of donated brain tissue provide additional evidence for the heart-head connection. These studies suggest that plaques and tangles are more likely to cause Alzheimer’s symptoms if strokes or damage to the brain’s blood vessels are also present.

    Latinos and African-Americans at risk

    Because Latinos and African-Americans in the United States have higher rates of vascular disease, they also may be at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s. According to a growing body of evidence, risk factors for vascular disease — including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — may also be risk factors for Alzheimer’s and stroke-related dementia.

    Learn more: Be Heart Smart and Adopt a Brain Healthy Diet.

    General healthy aging: Other lines of evidence suggest that strategies for overall healthy aging may help keep your brain as well as your body fit. These strategies may even offer some protection against developing Alzheimer’s or related disorders. Try to keep your weight within recommended guidelines, avoid tobacco and excess alcohol, stay socially connected, and exercise both your body and mind. Sign up for Alzheimer’s enews and stay informed on research investigating lifestyle factors and the risk of cognitive impairment.


Sign up for May’s audio conference – Alzheimer’s

Sign up for May’s audio conference – Alzheimer’s

Join us on May 12 from noon to 1 p.m. for an audio conference on, Positive Responses to Challenging Behaviors in Persons with Dementia.
Many individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia will display difficult behavior during the course of their disease. These behaviors often lead to high stress for both the individual and the caregiver. Learn the basics behind these behaviors, their causes, and how to respond effectively to them.

Cost: None.

Register online below or to register by mail or fax, click here to download form.

Dates and time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.




Positive Responses to Challenging Behaviors in Persons with Dementia
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Music and Memory: Breaking through the Cloud of Dementia
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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Listen to past Audio Conferences

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Alzheimer’s Preparedness
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Asking for Help
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Beyond Computers and Internet Technology
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Beyond Medication – Non Medical Therapies to Enhance Quality of Life
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Family Dynamics – What is Your Role?
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Healthy Aging
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Music Activities
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Planning a Suceesful Day with a Person with Alzheimer’s
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Are you too busy to attend an educational program? Audio Conference is designed for those who aren’t able to attend a program outside the home or office.

Once registered, you will receive through the e-mail, a toll free telephone number with instructions. On the day of the conference you will call-in and join many others who are seeking the latest information on memory loss.

Positive Responses to Challenging Behaviors in Persons with Dementia
Chelsey Byers, MA Family Life Educator, University of Illinois Extension
Many individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia will display difficult behavior during the course of their disease. These behaviors often lead to high stress for both the individual and the caregiver. Learn the basics behind these behaviors, their causes, and how to respond effectively to them.

Music and Memory: Breaking through the Cloud of Dementia
Jeanne E. Campbell, MA, LNHA, Administrator Mill Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center
In addition to bringing joy and calm to a person who is suffering, music can often help break through the cloud of dementia. Since it is processed throughout the brain, music can often be understood when other means of communication are not – even by people who may have been nonverbal for some time. Join us for a discussion on how to select and utilize music to improve the quality of life for a person with dementia.

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