Splaine Consulting Updates: July 2017

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Alzheimer’s Association to Fund Dementia Risk Reduction Trial
Mike Splaine reports from #AAIC2017 in London on the news of the Alzheimer’s Association’s $20 million lifestyle intervention trial in the U.S. to prevent cognitive decline:

“This announcement continues and extends the trend of public health and the Alzheimer community to move forward swiftly on the evidence that lifestyle risk factors—physical activity, smoking, and other unaddressed cardiovascular issues such as high blood pressure—are an important area for action on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) now, while we still advocate stridently for treatments in the longer term.

It also affirms the original FINGER findings and work by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the link between tobacco and dementia, and by WHO’s decision to develop validated risk reduction for dementia messages for public health to use in its newly adopted Global Plan on Dementia. It’s a line of work we have been engaged in through the last decade, and it’s just plain fun to see it ripen.” 

For more: Read this report from the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging on How Work Can Reduce Your Risk of Dementia.

Photo above courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association Facebook page.

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Meet the Splaine Consulting Team at #IAGG2017 Booth 527
Are you one of the 7,000 gerontology & geriatrics professionals coming to the IAGG Summit in San Francisco, July 22-27? Stop by our Alzpreneur booth (#527), open July 23-25, and look for us in the Main Posters Hall on July 26 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. We’ll be presenting on National Dementia Plans: Early Detection and Diagnosis. Learn more here, and follow the hashtag #IAGG2017 for updates.


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Alzheimer’s News Around the World: The latest in Alzheimer’s policy 

Canada Becomes 30th Country to Adopt Dementia Plan
Congratulations to Canada on their advocacy efforts! Their National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia’s Act became law in Canada as of June 22.

New Report from Australia Supports Rights of Persons with Alzheimer’s
A new report, Supported Decision-making: Learning from Australia, by Jan Killeen—a former Director of Public Policy for Alzheimer Scotland—calls for radical reforms across the UK which recognize the fundamental right of adults with cognitive impairments to be supported in making their own decisions.

Adult Daughters: Our Nation’s Front Lines of Caregiving in an Era of Alzheimer’s
Read this thought-provoking and important Caring for the Ages report on the vital role women are playing in providing dementia care today.