Author Archives: Alzheimers / Dementia Rotary Action Group

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Dr. Rudy Tanzi of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund recently appeared on news networks CBS, NBC and Fox to discuss the current state of Alzheimer’s research and the new PBS documentary “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts”.

You can watch Dr. Tanzi’s appearances at the links below:

CBS This Morning

 NBC’s Today Show

Fox News Health

Dr. Tanzi also gave a presentation at a recent TEDx conference in Natick, MA...

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Comments Off on “Alzheimer’s Outlook Far From Bleak”

In an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Drs. Rudy Tanzi and Berislav Zlokovic of the Cure Alzheimer’s Research Consortium discuss why recent drug trials produced less-than-promising results, and why they are optimistic about the future of the field...

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Comments Off on Air Pollution & Alzheimer’s: New Findings from Caleb Finch, Ph.D.

New findings from the lab of Caleb Finch, Ph.D., provide strong evidence for a causal link between Alzheimer’s disease and air pollution. Scientists have long suspected that small-particle air pollution, which comes from vehicle exhaust and other sources, might increase risk for the disease. Finch’s work, published in Nature on Tuesday, supports this theory with both epidemiological and toxicological evidence.

Finch and his colleagues studied the effects of air p...

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Comments Off on CART Welcomes Four Districts – Now 19 Strong

In 1995, the vision that Rotarians could cure Alzheimer’s was shared by

Pictured R to L, CART Founder, Rotarian Roger Ackerman, Charlene Hall, RI Director 2014-2016 Robert Hall, Deane Ackerman
Photo by Josh Herbert

two Rotarians in Sumter, SC.  Their focus: offering innovative, cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research grants. Their funding: pocket change collection at weekly Rotary meetings. Coins for Alzheimer’s Research (CART) was born.

In 1997, D-7770 took on ...

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Comments Off on Alz Research Seed Grants Sprout Funding

Dr. Chuanhai Cao

What if brilliant cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research ideas had the funding needed to get off the ground?

This is the question the drives the Alzheimer’s research grants of The Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) Fund.

It turns out that once CART provides funding for a great idea to prove its potential, other funding sources for the next round of research are often available.

A 2014 CART grant was used by Dr...

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Comments Off on Rotary and Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Co-Sponsor Research on Women and Alzheimer’s

Rotary and Cure Alzheimer’s Fund today announced an agreement to co-fund a new, groundbreaking research project to search for female-specific genetic and other factors contributing to women’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease. In total, the two organizations will provide a grant of $375,000 for this critical research.

The total Alzheimer’s patient population is now estimated at 5.6 million in the United States and over 45 million worldwide...

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1 Comment on Time for Action: Stop the Slow Fade

Rotarian Alzheimer's CoverPlease read your April edition of Rotarian Magazine – just out.

We made the front cover with a six-page article about our Action Group, our partner Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and their role in getting our Action Group off the ground. Click the link below to read the article.

The Rotarian Magazine April 2015

Stay tuned for more information on how you can help make a difference as part of our Rotarian Action Group.

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Comments Off on A Win for Alzheimer’s!

Julianne MooreCongratulations to Julianne Moore for winning Best Actress for her role in Still Alice. Her fantastic performance has helped countless people to grasp the reality of Alzheimer’s and the desperate need for a cure. #EndALZ #RememberMe — with Julianne Moore.

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1 Comment on Remember Me

Remember MeChris Mann has recorded a song called “Remember Me” for all those who have been touched by dementia. Please give it a listen, and downloaded it if you wish. Lyrics by Rudy Tanzi. Proceeds will benefit Alzheimer’s research.

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Comments Off on The Still Alice Project

still alice movie coverStill Alice is a New York Times bestselling novel by author Lisa Genova. The book follows Alice Howland, a Harvard professor who is diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s disease. While Alice once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must re-evaluate her relationship with her husband, her expectations of her children and her ideas about herself and her place in the world. Still Alice has been adapted as a major mo...

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Comments Off on A Journalist Wrestles with Alzheimer’s

Greg O'Brien

Greg O’Brien

Click here and read about Boston-based journalist Greg O’Brien journey with Alzheimer’s – a diagnosis he received five years ago at age 59.   Please click on the link and read this excellent story from Boston National Public Radio and their site ( as it contains other helpful links that make the experience that much richer.

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Comments Off on Alzheimer’s Choir Finds Magic in Music

Alz ChoirClick on this link from Minneapolis television station KARE that shares a story (and video) about how music can change the lives of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients as they rehearse side by side with their caregivers.  Truly an inspirational story.

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