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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].
Alzheimer’s disease seems to spread like an infection from brain cell to brain cell, two new
studies in mice have found. But instead of viruses or bacteria, what is being spread is a distorted protein known as tau.
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)
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
- COGNITIVE DECLINE & DEMENTIA
- Psychiatry Grand Rounds Video Archive
[Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, University of Washington]
- Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health
Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated
to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives.
- The Basics:
"Brain with Alzheimer's Disease:" These images represent a cross-section of the brain as seen from the front. The cross-section on the left represents a normal brain and the one on the right represents a brain with Alzheimer's disease.
"Plaques & Tangles" The formation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are thought to contribute to the degradation of the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain and the subsequent symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
Click inside the graphics for larger versions. The medical illustrations are provided courtesy of Alzheimer's Disease Research, a program of BrightFocus Foundation (www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers)
Alzheimer’s Association: "Basics of Alzheimer’s
Disease: What it is and what you can do" [pdf, 30pp. 2012, Publ.# 770-10-0003; this and other titles from the Alzheimer's Association can alsobe ordered by calling: 1.800.272.3900]
- Charlie Rose Video with Dr. Scott Small of Columbia University on Alzheimer's [on Friday, February 3, 2012]
- Charlie Roses Brain Series 2: Alzheimer's
Excerpt from Charlie Rose's Panel on Alzhermer's Feb 23, 2012. For more, see
Alzhermer's Reading Room and (the full video) HERE
In this video, there is reference to this NYT article (published after the video was recorded) on new findings:
Path Is Found for the Spread of Alzheimer’s New York Times, Feb 1, 2012
- President Reagan's Alzheimer's Announcement
Alzheimer's Care Facts (pdf, by "HomeInstead Senior Care") (2-page handout)
- Alzheimer's Association
- Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR - National Institute on Aging [NIH])
"The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center Web site will help you find current,
comprehensive Alzheimer's disease (AD) information and resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
Alzheimer's Disease Medications Fact Sheet
"Several prescription drugs are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat people
who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can provide patients
with comfort, dignity, and independence for a longer period of time and can encourage and assist their caregivers as well.
It is important to understand that none of these medications stops the disease itself."
Best Alzheimers Videos [HealthLine]
New Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive
[Compassion & Choices of Washington]
Alzheimer Care in Washington [ElderLivingSource]
Wandering (in Washington State)
Wandering, a half-hour television special produced by KCTS 9 in association with InvestigateWest, premiered July 22, 2013. Investigate West's full report was published July 18, 2013. KUOW's radio story first aired July 22, 3013.
Watch Full Documentary Online with Closed Captions
- Kitsap Mental Health Services
Kitsap Mental Health Services (KMHS) is a private, not-for-profit community
mental health center that provides both mental health and behavioral health
care services to children, families, adults and seniors in Kitsap County.
Jefferson County Sheriffs Office: Project Lifesaver
"Project Lifesaver is a radio transmission system designed to assist law enforcement and rescue agencies in locating lost or missing persons who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Dementia, or other disorders that may prohibit them from communicating personal information such as who they are or where they live. This program is designed for children and adults who have the propensity to wander from their homes and who may get lost...."
Contact: Patrick Nicholson, 360.385.3831 ext.609
- University of Washington
Medication Recommendations (Consumer Reports, 2006)
Facilities [Senior Resource]
- Alzheimer's Disease Research
[A Program of the American Health Assistance Foundation]
- Alzheimer's Resource Room (AoA)
WebMD's Alzheimer's Disease Health Center
- (Fisher Center for) Alzheimer's Research Foundation
Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease Lotsa Helping Hands [YouTube Video]
- Copper Ridge Institute (Johns Hopkins U)
Improving the lives of older persons through research and education:
The Copper Ridge Institute has created a powerful link between research and education, putting the most up-to-date
information into the hands of those who work with the memory-impaired - including spouses, adult children, nurses,
doctors and assisted living staff. This combined approach ensures that the best methods of care are utilized until a cure is found.
NUTRITION & BRAIN HEALTH
BRAIN TRAINING & GAMES
Stroke: Prevention, Management Protocols & Rehabilitation
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Other Brain Research
- DANA Foundation
".... is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs.
... The Dana Foundation’s science and health grants support brain and immuno-imaging and clinical neuroscience research.
The Grants section provides descriptions of these programs, application guidelines, and summaries of supported studies and their results.
Reading and the Brain: Rediscovery of a Major Pathway [University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Studies]
"Yeatman, a research scientist at I-LABS, studies how the brain learns to read. ... he was examining MRI images of human brains when he noticed a prominent fiber bundle that seemed to be a part of the intricate network of brain connections that process visual information.
But when Yeatman tried to look up the pathway in reference books, he couldn't find it. And so began some scientific detective work to solve the mystery of the "lost highway," as he calls it."
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Ursel Krumme and Dr. Baerbel Krumme in front of Dr. Alois Alzheimer's birth place in Marktbreit near Wuerzburg (Germany).