August 19, 2010

Yes, you can prevent Alzheimer’s

100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer'sMost people think there is little or nothing you can do to avoid Alzheimer’s. But scientists know this is no longer true. In fact, prominent researchers now say that our best and perhaps only hope of defeating Alzheimer’s is to prevent it.

After best-selling author Jean Carper discovered that she had the major susceptibility gene for Alzheimer’s, she was determined to find all the latest scientific evidence on how to escape it. She discovered 100 surprisingly simple scientifically tested ways to radically cut the odds of Alzheimer’s, memory decline, and other forms of dementia.

October 15, 2010

Jean Carper Discusses Alzheimer’s Prevention with Katie Couric

On October 12, 2010, Jean Carper sat down with Katie Couric to talk about her new book “100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s.” She discusses the potential role that multivitamins can play in maintaining cognitive health, how caffeine can help fight the disease, as well as the issues that many caregivers face when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

Here are some highlights. The full interview is available at CBSNews.com.

How Important Are Multivitamins?

Caffeine Good for the Brain?

The Role of Caregivers, and Online Support

Click here to view the entire interview at CBSNews.com.

October 1, 2010

Blueberries Among Top Tips to Avoid Alzheimer’s – Jean Carper on PBS NewsHour

On September 30, 2010, Jean Carper was interviewed by Betty Ann Bowser from PBS NewsHour to discuss her new book “100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s.” The video and article are available on their website.

Click here to watch Jean’s interview.

September 27, 2010

Jean Carper on NBC 4 – 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s

On September 16, 2010, best-selling author Jean Carper spoke to NBC 4′s Barbara Harrison (Washington, D.C). about her latest book “100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss’.” Jean gave Barbara’s viewers some surprising advice on how to slow down and avoid this devastating disease— check it out!

September 26, 2010

Sarah Palin Spoof Commercial for New Book Has Everybody Laughing

Click below for outtakes and bloopers from a Sarah Palin video and spoof commercial for “100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s” by New York Times Best Selling Author Jean Carper.

Whatever your feelings about Sarah Palin, this new book commercial will have you laughing along with impersonator actress Mimi McDonald, as she tries time and again to get the title of Jean Carper’s new book right. The commerical has been heralded in publishing circles and on blogs as “brilliant, hilarious, awesome.”  Take a look, and pass it on. to your friends.

September 25, 2010

It’s One Train You Want to Miss–the Alzheimer’s Express

The following opinion piece by Jean Carper appeared on the CNN Webpage:

By Jean Carper, Special to CNN
October 10, 2010 –

(CNN) — After age 60, we are all likely passengers on the Alzheimer’s Express. These days it’s overcrowded with baby boomers and is predicted by 2050 to claim 115 million victims worldwide, including 13.5 million Americans (up from 5.1 million today), bankrupting our health care system.

That will happen, says a recent Alzheimer’s Association report, unless we slow down this terrible disease.

The good news is: Most of us can. It’s true that pharmaceutical drugs have failed miserably to stop or reverse the disease. A cure is not on the immediate horizon. “Maybe not for 100 years, or ever,” says Dr. Jack C. de la Torre, a prominent Alzheimer’s researcher at the National Institutes of Health-funded Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Arizona.

“The answer,” he says, as do thousands of other Alzheimer’s researchers, “is prevention,” the same strategy we use against other chronic diseases of aging, such as heart disease. The evidence that we can cut our risk of Alzheimer’s is compelling and mounting constantly.

It is true that your vulnerability to Alzheimer’s and other dementias is definitely influenced by your genes. Early onset Alzheimer’s, before age 60, is caused by genetic mutations and is thus quite strongly inherited.But in late-onset Alzheimer’s, which appears after age 60 and accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all cases, genes are not destiny; they simply make us more susceptible. I have the major “susceptibility gene” known as ApoE4, that triples my risk of developing Alzheimer’s in late life. Seventy-seven million other Americans (25 percent of the population) also carry it.

But Alzheimer’s is more of a personal and public health choice than most people realize, as shown by thousands of scientific papers on the subject.

“A lot of Alzheimer’s is about lifestyle — what you do and even who you are, your personality,” says prominent Alzheimer’s researcher Robert Wilson at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. Effective deterrents to Alzheimer’s, according to Wilson: a higher education, staying mentally active, eating the right foods, exercising, muscle-building and being conscientious, easy-going and an extrovert.

Much research ties Alzheimer’s to the same lifestyle factors that cause heart attacks and strokes: high cholesterol, blood pressure, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity and physical inactivity. “Taking care of your heart protects your brain,” says De la Torre. He urges preventing Alzheimer’s by screening for and treating cardiovascular disease in middle age, years before signs of memory loss and dementia appear.

Two other striking ways to ward off Alzheimer’s: Stop smoking and avoid heavy drinking, especially binge drinking. Smoking doubles your risk of Alzheimer’s, according to a recent University of California, San Francisco analysis. Excessive alcohol brings on Alzheimer’s two to three years earlier, UCLA scientists found.

Bottom line: Most Alzheimer’s, like heart disease and cancer, is a slowly developing chronic disease of aging that takes a decade or more to produce memory loss and dementia. Its progression is accelerated or slowed by diet, personality, lifestyle factors and other health conditions, such as treatable thyroid abnormalities and depression.

Thus, we all have many years in which to stall this disease and perhaps outlive its devastating symptoms.
If we could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by only five years, 1.6 million Americans now expected to get Alzheimer’s by 2015, and 6 million by 2050, would be spared, according to the Alzheimer’s Association projections. Estimated Medicare savings would be $33 billion in 2020 and $283 billion by midcentury.

We can each help save ourselves by intervening as early as possible before the disease seizes our brain and memory loss is irreversible. The older we get, the greater our risk. About half of all people over age 85 have Alzheimer’s.

Our best hope for defeating the looming global tragedy of Alzheimer’s, due to the rapid growth of an aging population, is to keep millions of people from boarding the Alzheimer’s Express in the first place, or at least to show them how to jump off before the final destination, which offers no hope of a round-trip ticket.

September 22, 2010

New Harris Poll Reveals Americans Believe Alzheimer’s is Preventable

American baby boomers are upbeat about their chances of avoiding and slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and do not believe it is entirely genetic, according to a new Harris Poll, released for World Alzheimer’s Day, Tuesday, September 21.

Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed said they “strongly or somewhat disagreed” with the statement: “There is little a person can do to avoid developing Alzheimer’s and losing their memory as a result of it as they get older.”

Moreover, fifty-two percent “strongly or somewhat agreed” with the statement: “There is some real evidence that if a person eats healthy foods and regularly exercises and maintains good health that they can be prevented from developing Alzheimer’s entirely.”

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September 21, 2010

World Alzheimer’s Day: 10 Tips to Prevent Alzheimer’s

As seen in the Huffington Post:

How are you celebrating World Alzheimer’s Day today? Of course, it’s hardly a celebration, since the idea is to focus on the awful fact that Alzheimer’s is about to swamp us with the worst epidemic the world has ever seen–115 million cases, including 13.5 million Americans (up from 5.1 million today) by 2050, and the collapse of our health care system, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, one of the organizers of this Day, on September 21.

One way to try to hold back this catastrophe, brought on by aging baby boomers, is spending more on research. The National Institutes of Health now antes up a paltry $527 million a year to study Alzheimer’s, compared to $6.1 billion for cancer, $3 billion for HIV/AIDS, and $1.9 billion for heart disease. NIH should up Alzheimer’s research money to at least $2 billion annually, say experts.

In the meantime, don’t expect a cure anytime soon. The last big test of a miracle drug, costing hundreds of millions of dollars, actually made Alzheimer’s worse. Keep reading →

September 3, 2010

Experts Dispute New York Times Article Saying You Can Do Nothing to Prevent Alzheimer’s

by Jean Carper

(From the Huffington Post (Huffington.post.com) , September 3, 2010

Why is the Sunday New York Times running four-month-old news on its front page?

Should we worry that the Gray Lady, now 159 years old, is slowing down?

I am referring to the article, “Years Later, No Magic Bullet Against Alzheimer’s Disease,” by Gina Kolata in the Times on August 29, 2010. The piece rehashes what other news media reported last April—that an outside panel of non-Alzheimer’s experts, convened by the National Institutes of Health, concluded there was not enough reliable evidence to recommend ways to prevent or slow the disease and that much more research was needed. “The jury’s verdict was depressing and distressing,” Kolata wrote.    
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September 3, 2010

Small Heads, More Alzheimer’s

by Jean Carper

Yikes! That’s how I feel about a new finding that smaller head-size boosts Alzheimer’s progression. I have enough to worry about with my ApoE4 gene that triples my odds of getting the disease, and now a small head, too.  German researchers affiliated with the Technical University of Munich spread this news via the highly respected medical journal Neurology.
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August 27, 2010

Looking for Alzheimer’s Answers in All the Wrong Places

by Jean Carper
From the Huffington Post (Huffingtonpost.com) August 27

The news about Alzheimer’s is dismal. A new Eli Lilly drug to treat Alzheimer’s has failed big-time. After investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the drug, Semagacestat, the company announced it made patients worse.
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