— An estimated 750 medical professionals, persons living with Mild Cognitive Impairment and early dementia, unpaid and professional caregivers will gather on Monday, April 29, for the 30th annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Dementia, hosted by the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is now open for the one-day conference, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver. The current state of research to develop a …

—   You’ve probably heard that eating a Mediterranean-pattern diet is good for you. It’s good for cardiovascular health, good for avoiding diabetes, good for the health of your gut, good for longevity, and that it’s protective against dementia. Let’s take a look at why. Research Observational research tells us that older adults who eat the most “Mediterranean” compared to the least are equivalent to being 7.5 years younger on average in terms of health and cognition. We also know from …

— Lawmakers will consider recommendations from a state task force about how to provide additional support for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. State leaders, including representatives from AARP South Dakota, have been developing proposals for the legislative session that starts Jan. 8. The plan will include ways to improve public awareness, boost access to care, support family caregivers, and bolster training and workforce development. The recommendations will also focus on safety, legal issues and research related to the disease. …

— Kathy Siggins of Mt. Airy has been leading an effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s through the sale of stamps she helped to create. This specialty stamp is being sold with a portion of its proceeds going to Alzheimer’s research at NIH. Kathy’s mission to end Alzheimer’s has come a long way, but it’s far from over. And you can help. Watch her story below, and to purchase the Alzheimer’s stamp, visit bit.ly/buyalzstamp to support this important research. If you’re interested …

— Active Aging – “Still Climbing, Not Over the Hill” The local AARP Virginia Chapter #5335 is hosting an info session for people all over the Hanover and Ashland areas from 10 – 2:00 p.m.  on October 17th. This FREE event will promote smart strategies for healthy aging with topics including: Decluttering, Nutrition, Fitness demonstrations, and Alzheimer’s disease. This event will have free lunch provided, exhibits, door prizes and FLU shots (please bring insurance cards). While the event is free, space …

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— Arm Yourself with Knowledge at Symposium on Dementia The Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia Community Session in Lexington: Saturday, October 27, 2018 Alzheimer’s disease wreaks emotional havoc on patients, who are robbed of their memories, their dignity, and their lives.  It’s financially devastating as well: care for Alzheimer’s patients is predicted to top $1 trillion by about the time children born today are having children of their own. According to a recent survey, more than half of U.S. adults …

— It’s that time of year again – back to school! For most of us in the United States, receiving a formal education is assumed. Some of us even continue to achieve advanced degrees, and go on to hold cognitively challenging jobs. But we can’t stop after we walk across the stage to receive our diploma. Lifelong learning – and the kind of highly educated lifestyle that comes with it – is good for the brain!  Not only can education increase …

— Earlier this month, the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP announced they are joining forces to extend the reach of the Community Resource Finder, an online database connecting families with local resources to help address concerns and navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s, dementia and aging. The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder is a database of dementia and aging-related resources, developed to make it easier for caregivers, people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and those involved in making care-related decisions …

— By Natalie Missakian People began treating Bob Savage differently just days after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. Savage has a name for it: getting “dementia-tized.” “People started speaking slower,” Savage, of Southington, recalled. “They were very hesitant to talk to me. They kept talking to my wife. Within three or four days, the stigma took over, even with people I’ve known my whole life.” The 86-year-old retired special projects manager for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and …

— The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is coming right up, and we’d love to see you there! The Denver Walk to End Alzheimer’s* will be Saturday, Sept. 15 at City Park. We are looking for bilingual field volunteers to help register and engage walk participants. These volunteers will be responsible for assisting participants with registration throughout walk grounds. For more information or to sign up, please contact Marlene Franco at mafranco@alz.org. Interested in a different role? No problem! We have tons of event day volunteer opportunities. To sign up, …