InSight Spring/Summer 2014

InSight Cover SpringSummer 2014Download a pdf (12 pages)

Features Include

“Making Alzheimer’s Disease a Ministry” –  With Elsie Shelton, caregivers find their way to help.

“Love Grows (Where my Rosemary Goes)” For a woman whose memory seems to have faded, the pages of a yearbook spark remembrance.

A “Moneyball” approach to study the growth and productivity of Alzheimer’s Disease Centers.

InSight Fall 2013 cover

InSight Fall 2013

Features Include

“Living positively with Mild Cognitive Impairment” — Toni Hamilton’s story of living with MCI

“in Honor of Big Ray” — Photographer Raymond W. Holman, Jr. documents Alzheimer’s disease caregivers
The A4 Study -- the nation’s first Alzheimer’s prevention trial

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insight-spring-2013-front.200.259.sInSight Spring 2013

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“Setting the standard of care: How a diagnostic follow-up visit provides education, resources and support”–An outline of the Penn Memory Center’s diagnostic follow-up visit and how it helps families and patients with Alzheimer’s understand what comes next

“Scientists, families and patients debate the link between anesthesia and Alzheimer’s disease”–Science writer Lisa Bain examines the potential for cognitive decline in patients with cognitive impairments following surgery with anesthesia

“Announcing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis: One family’s journey from secrecy to openness”–Colette Cassidy shares the story of telling her family and loved ones her mother had Alzheimer’s disease

“Take one poem and call me in the morning: The power of language arts to boost memory, imagination and delight”–Deborah Fries reports on how the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project and similar programs help boost memory for patients with Alzheimer’s disease

“Growing with dementia: How dementia transforms patients and the families who care for them”–Freelance writer Colleen Davis shares the story of struggles and triumphs in caring for her mother, a Penn Memory Center patient diagnosed with dementia

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fall-2012-insight-front-page-web.200.259.sInSight Fall/Winter 2012

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“Team Babcock’s journey: A family’s search for a ‘cure’ leads them to hope and understanding”: The story of Penn Memory Center research participant Warren Babcock’s contribution to Alzheimer’s disease research in the bapineuzumab study.

“Examining a body of evidence”: A story by freelance writer Deborah Fries who struggles to make sense of her father’s mixed diagnoses using the sparse evidence at her disposal.

“Lost, then found, in a good book”: Former news anchor and passionate Alzheimer’s disease advocate Colette Cassidy shares six titles that helped her and her family deal with her mother’s early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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insight-spring2012-thumb.200.258.sInSight Spring 2012

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“Our research partners help drive home the fact that ‘LP is OK’” Learn the truth about lumbar puncture and our participants’ postive outlook on the procedure– and how it helps research

The fund “Hagamos la diferencia Participemos” – Your Participation makes the Difference – the Chris Clark Fund for Multicultural Recruitment and Retention, and how it will honor Dr. Clark’s legacy and his work to build the Latino community’s awareness of Alzheimer’s

A gift that funds Penn Memory Center’s training in managing dementia in the family and the workplace- Mark Carter’s contribution in memory of his father, Louis, Penn’s first African-American tenured professor of social work
A brother’s story about his sister’s dementia and raising awareness in the African-American community

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insight-year-end-2011-front-only-1.200.259.sInSight Year End 2011

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“I want to do all that I can . . .” Learn about the Penn Memory Center’s new program — Cognitive Fitness — which may be an option for those who ask, “What specifically can I do to help maintain my memory?”

Our new phone tree system improves accountability and frees front-desk staff to promptly answer and manage more complex calls

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insight-fall-2011-ofc-1.200.260.sInsight Fall 2011

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“Thinking it Through” — Brain donation, vital to research on Alzheimer’s disease and lifelong brain health, requires commitment from surviving family members. A daughter moves past her own sadness and indecision, and honors her mother’s wish to be a brain donor.

“Issues in Alzheimer’s” – Caregiver spouses face significantly risk to develop dementia themselves. A PMC class aids caregiver burden by offering insights, strategies, and more, worked on together.

“From the News and Journals” – Chronic back pain can cause shrinkage in several brain areas including those key to working memory and attention-demanding tasks. Also, a look at the relationship between early-life study of music, and late-life cognition.

Updates on Penn Memory Center activity, recognizing your gifts, and more.

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insight-winter-year-end-2010-ofc.200.259.sInSight Winter | Year End 2010

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“Taking Our Research on the Road” – a look at the tremendous interest and participation in our brain-aging research by hundreds of enthusiastic and “resilient” residents at a local retirement living community

“Talking – and more –about MCI:” Two Penn Memory Center research partners with MCI describe their involvement with interview studies and other research related to better understanding this condition

Updates from the news and journals on a reliable family-performed quick screen for cognitive problems developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis; a study from the Mayo Clinic that found MCI earlier and more often in men, and how investigators at University of Pittsburgh found walking may help preserve grey matter.

  • A feature on sleep as we age – beware the “PM’s”
  • Updates on Penn Memory Center activity, recognizing your gifts, and more.

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insight-spring-summer-2010-ofc.200.259.sInSight – Spring/Summer 2010

Features Include

Interviews with two individuals adjusting to living with Mild Cognitive Impairment; one who is open about his condition and another who’s “Keeping her MCI on the QT”

Facts on MCI and the increased risk for developing dementia which it represents

Updates from the news and journals about Social Security disability for those with an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis; more evidence of a maternal link to AD, and a study suggesting a “purposeful life” may rebuff dementia

  • What Aricept, Namenda and other current Alzheimer’s medications do, and don’t do
  • “You must be the change you want to see in the world;” A talk with Penn Memory Center Director Dr. Steven Arnold, on what he learned as a participant in one of our diagnostic/brain aging studies
  • updates on Penn Memory Center activity, recognizing your gifts, and more.

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insight-winter-2009-ofc.200.259.sInSight Winter | Year End 2009

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A family who remains in a partially terminated investigational drug trial because they believe the benefits to all outweigh the risks

How enhanced cognitive testing could help us foresee who may be heading toward cognitive problems before symptoms are evident

Our actively recruiting clinical trials; how to become a normal control, and the PMC’s newest line of healthy brain-aging research — a study on how stress affects life-long brain health

A look at selected journal articles on topics including helping families and caregivers understand that advanced dementia is a terminal illness, and how money-management troubles could signal other cognitive problems in elders

Updates on Penn Memory Center activity, recognizing your gifts, and more.
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insight-light-fall-2009-ofc.200.342.sInSight Light Fall 2009

Features Include

A fascinating interview with the man who brought Alzheimer’s disease to the comics –Woody Wilson, author of Rex Morgan, M.D.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia—What’s the Difference?

Notable Outreach, Achievements, and Honors at the Penn Memory Center

Info on clinical trials, and important roles in our research for people with normal cognition

insight-spring-summer-09-ofc.200.260.sInSight Spring/Summer 2009

Features Include

Penn Memory Center families helping Penn scientists discover the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease

Brain donation from our Latino cohort

A new test that can be used to determine if an individual with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) will convert to AD, developed through contributions from Penn Memory Center research participants

One donor’s special effort to go from donuts to dollars for AD research

Thought-provoking items from the news and journals, updates on Penn Memory Center activity, recognizing your gifts, and more.

newsletter-fall-08-winter-09-ofc.200.260.sNewsletter Fall 2008/Winter 2009

Features Include

“Why Alzheimer’s Research Needs Cognitively Normal People” with brief features on some of our most dedicated normal controls, and an invitation to join us a normal control research partner

Profiles of three new physicians in our PENN Memory Center: Dr. Roy Hamilton, Dr. Steven Huege, and Dr. David Wolk

Info on our caregiver skills group led by new PENN Memory Center Psychologist Melissa Gartenberg Livney, PsyD.

Info on the show “Alzheimer’s Disease: Facing the Facts,” an arresting and poignant look at the personal and societal impact of AD today, and what we may be facing tomorrow. This one-hour documentary, airing nationally on PBS television affiliates in 2009, has its roots in our Alzheimer’s Disease Center. It will air locally on WHYY-TV, Thursday January 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 pm.

Thought-provoking items from the news and journals, updates on Penn Memory Center activity, recognizing your gifts, and more.