I was so inspired by the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2016 (AAIC®). We heard from members of the dementia research community about exciting breakthroughs that will drive the field forward. While we are thrilled about the news from the last seven days, we urgently need your continued support to keep up this incredible momentum.
Please allow me to share just a few examples of important research breakthroughs presented this week:
Smell and eye tests could provide simple, early, low-cost tool(s) for detection of memory decline and dementia. Using newly-validated biomarkers to create tests that are non-invasive and less expensive than current methods (such as PET scans) could lead to dramatic improvements in early detection and treatment of the disease.
While nearly two-thirds of the 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's are women, new data suggests that men may receive a dementia-related misdiagnosis more often than women. The study highlights the need for better tools to provide accurate and timely diagnosis to offer the best care possible, as early as possible, to both women and men.
People whose work requires complex thinking and/or activities — particularly working with people, rather than data or physical things — may be better able to withstand the onset of Alzheimer's — more proof of how "cognitive reserve" may protect the brain from disease.
P.S. Will you please help us continue this exciting progress? We urgently need your gift to advance cutting-edge research and provide care and support services.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formal education and complex work may help withstand onset of Alzheimer’s disease
At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2016 (AAIC®), taking place in Toronto, Canada, this week, more than 5,000 investigators, clinicians and care providers from 70 countries gathered to share the latest study results, theories and discoveries. New research presented at AAIC 2016 reports that people whose work requires complex thinking and/or activities are better able to withstand the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Results suggest that working with people, rather than data or physical things, contributed the most to the protective effect.
New concept, checklist could support earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis
Researchers at AAIC 2016 introduced a new condition or patient status called mild behavioral impairment (MBI) that may be a forerunner of neurodegeneration and progression to mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia. They also proposed a new MBI checklist (MBI-C) designed to be administered by physicians that looks at five categories of behavioral symptoms and may eventually help clinicians capture behavioral changes that signal the beginnings of neurodegeneration.
Longtime Alzheimer’s advocates honored with Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award
The Alzheimer’s Association presented its Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award for Alzheimer’s Research to Jerre and Mary Joy Stead, chairs of the Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation in Phoenix, during AAIC 2016’s opening session. The annual award honors individuals and organizations that have had significant impact on the global Alzheimer’s research field through their philanthropy. The Steads have been instrumental in raising $40 million to support groundbreaking Alzheimer’s research, including the first-ever prevention drug trials.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.