2008 Dementia Briefing

Please join us to represent the more than 90,000 Minnesotans affected by Alzheimer’s disease for a legislative briefing on dementia issues. This briefing will be for the MN House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee.

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2008 2:00 PM
Where: Room 200 State Office Building
100 Rev. Martin Luther King Blvd., Saint Paul, MN Map
Chair: Rep. Paul Thissen
Agenda: Overview of dementia

Please contact Angie Bizal at 952-857-0522 or angie.bizal@alz.org with any questions regarding this meeting.

Alzheimer's in the News

KARE 11 is featuring a two-part series on Thursday and Friday’s 10:00 (November 14 and 15) broadcast on Alzheimer’s disease. It features the story by KARE 11’s photo journalist, Jim Douglas, that follows his aunt through a three-year journey with Alzheimer’s.

During Thursday night’s broadcast, we have 12 Association staff and volunteers who will be commanding a phone bank.

Visit KARE 11 for more information.

Annual Meeting - Engaging Minds

November 29, 2007
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
The Marsh
Refreshments Following

Senator Amy Klobuchar
Proposed Caregiver Support Legislation

Glenn Smith, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic
"Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Center: Is It In Our Future?"
The Premier Showing of:
"Shining a Light on Alzheimer's Disease"
Developed by the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers of the Mayo Clinic, University of California Irvine, University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University

The Marsh is located at 15000 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka.
Please RSVP to (952) 857-0554

These women are recognized as remarkable woman who have made the lives of others better:

Unforgettable Women

Ruby Alexander
Lois Altringer
Carol Sue Anderson
Ruby Bakken
Marge Barna
Leone Bentz
June K. Berg
Eileen Birkeland
Audrey Bjorke
Elaine Bonk
Esther Brockmann
Lucille Brunette
Alice Campbell
Carmen Campbell
Susan Campbell
Dorothy G. Chernich
Joan Churilla
Rae Ortner Chuven
Donna Dempsey
Leona B. Dolezal
Charlotte Drackley
Beverly Dunne
Marvel Ellingson
Philomine Fisher
Norma Fleischaker
Jennifer Frankel
Iris Freeman
Verna Frounfelter
Frances Fuchs
Dorothy I. Gaeth
Ann Gerike
Elaine Gerike
Dorothy Gray
Angie Gratz
Murle G. Griffin
Carolyn L. Gumm
Francis Hahn
Gay Haney
Roslyn Harry
Ethel Haskett
Eleanor J. Hatlem
Anna Mae Haug
Vera Hetland
Sally Hiemenz
Josephine E. Hill
Marge Hoffmann
Oronah Hudson
Judy Jacobsen
Florence Johnson
Mary Johnson
Pat Johnson
Beverly Keatts
Agnes Konieczny
Carol Kostich
Lorraine Krenelka
Mable LeClair
Joan Marie Leonard
Betty Engle LeVin
Doris Lindemeier
Eila Liuska
Joan McGuire
Clara McMurtry
Buster Miller
Anna O. Novak
Gen Palin
Lynn Palin
Beth Pearson
Pam Pearson
Gudrun Pfeifenberger
Florence Pfliger
Sibyl Plessinger
Trinky Pollard
Betty Pratt
Donna Putzier
Barbara Redpath
Rogene Ann Remus
Jo Retter
Marilyn Rodeberg
Mary Ann Rodier
Alta Mae Rude
Berleen M. Schmidt
Frieda Schmidt
Jean Schneider
Katie Seguin
Carol Sexton
Juanita C. Smith
Cristella Starkson
Elizabeth Stibbe
Anna Evelyn Studer
Leona Swigart
Evelyn Turnquist
Gladys Van Vleet
Donna Veronikas
Lillian Wald
Lynda Wander
Julie Webster
Muriel Zanoni
Pam Ivonen Zbacnik
Hazel Onnen Zenor

Alzheimer News 3/20/2007

Alzheimer’s Disease Prevalence Rates Rise to More than
Five Million in the United States

In 2007 there are now more than 5 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease. This number includes 4.9 million people over the age of 65 and between 200,000 and 500,000 people under age 65 with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This is a 10 percent increase from the previous prevalence nationwide estimate of 4.5 million.

These new estimates, as well as other data concerning the disease and its effects, are issued as hundreds of advocates from across the country gather in the nation’s capitol for the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Public Policy Forum. The report titled, 2007 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, is being released at a hearing chaired by Senator Barbara Mikulski. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Christopher Bond and Representatives Edward Markey and Christopher Smith have introduced bipartisan legislation to address problems identified in the Association’s report. The Association’s report details the escalation of Alzheimer’s disease which now is the seventh leading cause of death in the country and the fifth leading cause of death for those over age 65. It also offers numerous statistics that convey the burden that Alzheimer’s imposes on individuals, families, state and federal governments, businesses, and the nation’s health care system.

Download Report: 2007 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures (28 pages)

Mrs. North Dakota International - Kerri Albrecht

Kerri Albrecht was crowned Mrs. North Dakota International 2007 on March 24th and will be competing in Chicago, IL for the national title. Her platform is Alzheimer’s – The Silent Disease.

Information about Driving & Alzheimer's

Families struggle with the decision to limit or stop the person from driving. The person may be upset by the loss of independence and the need to rely on others for going places. This sense of dependence may prevent people with dementia from giving up the car keys. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease alone is not a reason to take away driving privileges. However, caregivers are not always best at determining if it is safe for a person with dementia to continue driving.

Warning signs of unsafe driving

Additional information:
Alzheimer's Association National Web Site
Driving and Driver Assessment Resources (PDF)


Clinical Trials

Over the last 15 years, scientists have made enormous strides in understanding how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain. Many of these recent insights point toward promising new strategies for treatment, prevention and diagnosis. More than 150 clinical studies are now recruiting participants with and without Alzheimer’s disease, related disorders, or memory loss to help test these exciting new approaches. To view clinical trials in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, visit the database of studies investigating experimental therapies on the Clinical Trials Index. Or, to determine if there are any additional trials under way in your area, you can also visit Clinical Trials.gov homepage (a service of the National Institute of Health) and click on "Focused search" under "Search by specific information."

Participants Needed:

Researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing are looking for volunteers for their new study, “Comprehensive Support for Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers.” The goal of this study is to determine if flexible and comprehensive counseling and support can help adult children care for a parent’s Alzheimer’s disease or similar memory disorder.
Caregiver Study Seeks Participants (PDF).