Dark Matter Influences Brain Development

Researchers are finally figuring out the purpose behind some gnome sequences that are nearly identical across vertebrates.

A puzzle posed by segments of 'dark matter' in genomes — long, winding strands of DNA with no obvious functions — has teased scientists for more than a decade. Now, a team has finally solved the riddle………………………..

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A Chuckle a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The folks at Sun Health shared a "funny" (pun intended) article on the importance of a good laugh.  

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Crochet work displays the impact of Alzheimer’s disease

Rene Wuillermin always loved to crochet, but after she was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's at 54, it became more than a hobby: It acted as a window into the progression of her disease.

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Dementia and the Power of Music

Research is finding that music is one of the keys to understanding the brain.  

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Podcast hopes to help people living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s

More than 200,000 Americans live with younger-onset Alzheimer's, with symptoms developing in their 40s and 50s. Younger-onset Alzheimer's can put an unexpected strain on relationships and finances; one couple living with the disease created a podcast to help others cope.

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Alzheimer’s caregiving is taxing, but you may be eligible for savings

As a caregiver, you likely pay for some care costs out-of-pocket. Because of this, you may qualify for tax benefits from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Tax rules are complex and can change. Be sure to get advice from your tax adviser or accountant before filing your returns. 

Topics include:  

  • Medical expenses
  • Child and Dependent Care Credit
  • Flexible spending account
  • State tax credits

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Gene Wilder’s widow, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s

Gene Wilder's widow, Karen shares special memories with her late husband.

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Proposed Bill: Physician Assisted Suicide

Multiple times a day I speak with clients about end-of-life decisions and their specific wishes.  Many of our clients have expressed a desire for more end-of-life options as have been adopted in other states.  Whatever your personal beliefs, it is useful to know that there is a proposed "physician assisted suicide" bill in the house of representatives in our state. 

If you feel strongly about this on either side please make your voice heard with your local representative.



A "qualified patient" (defined) is permitted to make a written request for medication to end the patient's life. Establishes a process for the request, including a requirement for it to be signed and witnessed by at least two persons who meet specified requirements. Also establishes required procedures for the attending physician and a consulting physician. Requires a 15-day waiting period and provides for effect on construction of wills and contracts. Specifies immunities and civil penalties for violations.
ARS Title Affected: 36
First Sponsor: Rep. Powers Hannley

10 Ways to Love Your Brain in the New Year

Time to make those New Year's resolutions. In 2018, consider making changes that will positively impact your whole health. 

Growing evidence indicates that you can reduce your risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When you combine any of these healthy habits, you can achieve maximum benefit for your brain and body.

Incorporate these healthy habits in 2018

1) Exercise

2) Hit the books

3) Quit smoking

4) Reduce risk factors for heart issues

5) Wear a seat belt/helmet and reduce the risk of injury

6) Eat a balanced diet

7) Get enough sleep

8) Take care of your mental health

9) Stay socially engaged

10) Play games

Learn more about these 10 Ways and brain health, by clicking —>HERE<— to visit the Alzheimer's website.

Take care of your emotional needs after your Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's is never easy — it's life changing. It is normal to experience a range of emotions. Acknowledging your feelings can be an empowering first step in coping with the challenges ahead.

  • Emotions you may have
  • Take care of emotional needs
  • You are not alone
  • Questions for your doctor

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