Event Date: August 2020
Alzheimer’s News: This past week was the virtual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC). Monday research was presented showing receipt of Flu and Pneumonia vaccinations are associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Included in Tuesday’s research was news that a blood test for Alzheimer’s markers of abnormal Tau protein may show changes in the brain 20 years prior to dementia symptoms and could be available in doctor’s offices in the not to distant future. Wednesday discussions turned to the need for more transparency in care homes due to COVID -19 and what impact the virus may have on the brain. Thursday research was presented showing that risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes apparent as early as our teens and 20’s may be risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease later in life.
For more information the Alzheimer’s Helpline is accessible 24/7 via 800-272-3900 and staffed by master’s level clinicians to assist with crisis situations, decision making, and disease information. You can find virtual dementia caregiver resources online at alz.org/covid19help. Tools and support are also available in Spanish.
Post Date: August 5, 2020