CA Access News

November 2010

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Nearly 100 Medicines in Development for Alzheimer's New Treatments Needed to Avert "National Crisis"

As champagne corks are popping this New Year's Eve, the first American Baby Boomers will turn age 65. This generation that transformed American politics and culture are expected to usher in yet another momentous change -- an increase in the number of Alzheimer's disease patients.

Although Alzheimer's is not a natural condition of aging, the vast majority of patients diagnosed with the disease are ages 65 and over. As the senior population in the United States more than doubles between now and 2050, to about 88.5 million, the number of Alzheimer's patients will more than double as well unless new treatments to prevent, arrest or cure the disease are found. Read more and watch videos

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Susan visited her 86-year old mother, Georgia, over the holidays. Georgia has lived alone for over 20 years. Susan noticed that a lot of mail and papers had accumulated on the dining room table. Since this was uncharacteristic of her mother, Susan asked Georgia about it over dinner one night.

"I'm working to get my payments in order because I think the bank messed up some of my checks, and now they're hassling me," Georgia said.

Susan reviewed her mother's checkbook and found multiple errors. As they went over Georgia's papers, Susan realized her mother was having a difficult time following their conversation. Susan also noticed that Georgia's memory was not as sharp as it used to be. Georgia had never forgotten her grandchildren's birthdays before, but she didn't remember that her youngest grandson was turning 8 years old the following week.

Is Georgia's memory loss a natural part of aging? It's true that as we age, the brain experiences changes that can affect how well we remember things and how long it takes us to perform familiar tasks. But the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are much more severe than simple lapses in memory. Read more

Partner Spotlight

Alzheimer's Association California Southland Chapter

The mission of the Alzheimer's Association 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.

The Alzheimer's Association California Southland Chapter offers programs and services in many languages to assist those affected by Alzheimer's and related diseases. These include support groups, direct assistance, advocacy, special events, the Memory Walk, fund-raising opportunities, Medic Alert® + Safe Return®, education, and training to the diverse communities of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. A toll-free helpline for information, referral and support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-272-3900.

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Stay tuned to see what CPAT will be bringing you in the New Year!

Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Jason Dumont at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

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Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Jason Dumont at

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

Alzheimer's: New Research on Understanding the Disease
TIME, November 1, 2010
Not all of Dr. Richard Mayeux's elderly patients have Alzheimer's disease; not all will even go on to develop it. Most of them are still leading full, healthy lives, interacting with their families and contributing to their communities. But Mayeux, an Alzheimer's researcher and physician at Columbia University, asks them all anyway: Will they help him in his war against the disease?

Possible Key To Alzheimer Medication
Medical News Today, October 27, 2010
Dutch researchers have discovered a possible key which might result in a medicine for Alzheimer's disease. "We have found brain cells which become extra active at a time when there are still no visible symptoms of the disease. Nevertheless, people are already ill", says brain researcher Dick Swaab. "It would be fantastic if we could simulate this activation process through medicines once the disease has progressed."

Heavy Smoking in Midlife May Be Associated With Dementia in Later Years
ScienceDaily, October 26, 2010
Heavy smoking in middle age appears to be associated with more than double the risk for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia two decades later, according to a report posted online that will be published in the February 28 print issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Risk Markers for Alzheimer's Disease
Science Daily, October 23, 2010
Risk markers could play an important role in this. These are substances linked to Alzheimer's that are found in unusually high or unusually low quantities in patients who go on to develop the disease.Associate Professor Oskar Hansson, linked to Lund University and Skåne University Hospital in Sweden, has identified two such risk markers. He has tested these on individuals who sought treatment at the hospital's memory clinic and who displayed 'mild cognitive impairment' -- poorer memory than normal for their age.

Interesting Information

The 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report is now available and provides a wealth of information and resources.

Link to the report: 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

This report details the escalation of Alzheimer's, which currently impacts more than five million Americans, and approximately 10 million more Americans are affected by or care for family members who are afflicted with the disease. Facts and Figures conveys the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, families, local and state government, and the nation's healthcare system.

Highlights from the report:

The 2010 report includes data on:

  • Prevalence
  • Mortality
  • Costs of Alzheimer care
  • Caregiving
  • Special report on race, ethnicity and Alzheimer's disease

En Español: Reporte Especial: Raza, Etnicidad y la Enfermedad de Alzheimer

Source: Alzheimer's Association -

Alzheimer's Awareness: 4 Myths Debunked

If you or someone you know is a caregiver for an Alzheimer's patient, take the time to get informed. Here are a few misconceptions that you may have:

MYTH: Alzheimer's only afflicts the elderly.
FACT: Alzheimer's can affect people in their 30s and 40s, a condition called younger-onset Alzheimer's. According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are 200,000 Americans who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.

MYTH: Alzheimer's in the elderly is natural.
FACT: Alzheimer's is a brain disorder and is neither natural nor healthy. While memory loss is inevitable in old age, healthy seniors who don't have Alzheimer's do not experience the steep decline in cognitive ability compared to those who have Alzheimer's.

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MYTH: Alzheimer's can be treated.
FACT: There is no current cure for Alzheimer's, nor are there any drugs that slow the progression of Alzheimer's for a majority of patients. According to the Alzheimer's Association, drugs approved by the FDA delay symptoms for only several months and work for only half of all Alzheimer's patients.

MYTH: Aluminum, aspartame, flu shots, or silver dental fillings can cause or increase the risk of Alzheimer's.
FACT: The Alzheimer's Association says that there is no connection between any of these factors and Alzheimer's. However, there are certain health factors linked to Alzheimer's, such as head injury, heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol and blood pressure, according to

Source: By Mimi Li, Epoch Times Staff, November 1, 2010, online at:


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