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  • "Brains of older people are slow because they know so much... Much like a computer struggles as the hard- drive gets full, so, too, do humans take longer to access information when their brains are full..." (Source: Forgot to remember the file's location on the hard-drive)

  • The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics. New York Times Feb 17, 2013.



    • THE BRAIN
    • Interested in a Brain and Aging related Support or Learning Group? If you are a Port Ludlow resident, contact KathyTraci [360-301-5378 or tracipkt(at)aol(dot)com].

      • Understanding the Brain; "The Great Courses"; Taught By Professor Jeanette Norden, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine,
        "[....] Understanding the Brain provides you with an in-depth view of the inner workings of your brain. Your tour starts with the organization of the central nervous system at the gross, cellular, and molecular levels, then investigates in detail how the brain accomplishes a host of tasks—from seeing and sleeping to performing music and constructing a personal identity."
        • The Structure of the Brain: Lectures 1–11 cover the cellular structure and the overall layout of this intricate organ....
        • Brain and Mind: Lectures 12–19 explore how the brain and mind are thought to be related by examining the sensory functions of sight, hearing, and bodily sensation....
        • Higher--Order Cognitive Functions: Lectures 20–29 discuss the areas of the brain thought to be responsible for language, emotion, executive function, and cognition—abilities that, in large part, define us as humans....
        • Special Topics: Lectures 30–36 look at several subjects of universal interest. Are the brains of males and females different? How does the brain regulate sleep and dreaming? What is consciousness? And how can you understand the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?"

        Because of the visual nature of the subject matter, this course is available only on video. It contains hundreds of images, animations, and on-screen text that support the professor's explanation of how our brains function.

      • Other Search Results for "Brain" and "Great Courses">

      • Living to 90 and Beyond Before you give up wine and dessert . . . 60 minutes, May 5, 2014, | Part I [long-term study of now 90+ years old individuals, with emphasis on dementia and alzheimer's]

      • Search for "Brain" Charlie Rose: The Brain Series & Individual Brain Programs Over the years Charlie has interviewed "the most knowledgeable scientists and researchers in hopes of illuminating a new topic of study. Each monthly episode will examine different subjects of the brain, including perception, social interaction, aging and creativity.
        We will also look at scientific discovery and advances in technology, in the hope that someday terrible illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s will be history..."


      Dementia Forum Draws Capacity Crowd,
      April 5, 2014 (Beach Club)
      Ursel Krumme

      Startling new 2014 data indicate an increase in the incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) with age being the largest risk factor: 1 in 9 people above age 65 and 1/3 of people above 85 currently live with the disease. A standing-room only crowd was mesmerized as the latest research on “Dementia and Early Interventions” was presented at the Village Council’s Health Forum April 5th. Gail Bosch, Consultant Pharmacist at Harrison Medical Center, and Jenny Eidsmoe, Early Stage Memory Loss Coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association were featured speakers.

      Dementias differ widely and often require years to diagnose. Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for 60-80% of all dementia cases, is slowly progressive, beginning many years before clinical symptoms emerge. Early-memory loss indicators are “inappropriate forgetfulness” or recall of new information. Screening tests include the Mini-Mental State Examination, Clock Drawing Test, or the 3-minute Mini-Cog offered at a Primary Physician appointment. Definitive diagnostic criteria must be memory impairment and at least one other functional deficit: aphasia (impaired comprehensive/speech), apraxia (loss of proper use of objects), agnosia (can’t recognize familiar things) and loss of executive function (math skills etc). Other signs are a decline in social or occupational functioning. Benefits of early diagnosis allow for financial and legal planning including preparation of advanced directives.

      The importance of supportive care in managing behavior changes in Alzheimer‘s Disease was stressed. Attendees were spellbound as video clips demonstrated AD patients accepting their diagnosis,and caregivers telling that they “now know to be present at doctors' appointments, get an attorney and into a support group.” One caregiver poignantly suggested: “take a day at a time; learn to talk at their level; no loud voice: go closer; be patient and do NOT get stressful yourself!” Keep a calendar with checkmarks for meds and plans for the day, including meals. Social engagement and involvement in physical activities remain crucial. Since people with dementia may not be able to separate past from present, the tip was given “to play along” in order to avoid stress, or to redirect attention to another activity. An initial screening to assess Skilled Home Care need can be scheduled with Jefferson Healthcare’s Home Health at 360-385-0610.

      . Educational resources with a DVD of the presentations, and new AD/Mental Health Advance Directive, are available in a binder at the Beach and Bay Club and on www.plhealth.org


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    Ursel Krumme and Dr. Baerbel Krumme in front of Dr. Alois Alzheimer's birth place in Marktbreit near Wuerzburg (Germany).


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