With Science Beginning to Catch Up, We Find More Reasons to Hope…

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With each year, we find more reasons to hope – As science begins to catch up to this dreadful disease, the Alzheimer’s Association is excited to share the latest findings at the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC)

This month, we hosted the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference (AAIC), which is the largest convening of scientists, researchers and healthcare providers for Alzheimer’s and dementia in the world. Each summer over 5,000 people attend, and over 2,000 presentations are made throughout the week long event that spaaic7otlights recent developments, research and new science in the area of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias!

“By now, you may have seen some of the news from research results released at AAIC including results from studies released on Sunday that suggested behaviors can
help build resilience to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease,” said our president and CEO Harry Johns.

What happened at AAIC last week?

The event kicked off on Friday, July 22nd, in Toronto with over 5,050 people in attendance.
37 of those attendees were from our Central and North Florida area. Some of our favorite doctors, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and University of North Florida were in attendance!  

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AAIC concluded on Thursday and left us with some promising major highlights and findings:

  • According to Melissa Murray, a medical researcher at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida – Men living with Alzheimer’s are more likely to be misdiagnosed than women impacted by this disease. (For more information, click here.)
  • Preliminary results from the conference showed that aerobic exercise combined with ongoing cognitive training can play a major role in slowing cognitive decline for those diagnosed with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment). AAIC2
  • According to a study from the Wisconsin Disease Research Center and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, those with more complex or stressful jobs,  may have a better chance of fighting off Alzheimer’s.
  • Technology plays a big role when it comes to Alzheimer’s. Computers and “telemedicine” (the remote diagnosis of patients through telecommunications like telephone and skype),  alike can help increase engagement and make routine check ups and testing easier and more convenient for patients and caregivers living in rural or remote areas.
  • According to Alzheimer’s Association, CEO Harry Johns, four additional studies also suggested that modifiable risk factors can help build resilience to age-related cognitive decline. Formal education, complex work and newly identified genes may increase resilience to cognitive decline and dementia, even in people at high risk for the disease. 

For a more comprehensive list of presentations and updates from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), visit us at  http://www.alz.org/aaic/.

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