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Alzheimer’s – A New Look at an Old Disease

Posted By AARP Illinois On September 26, 2013 @ 8:15 am In Health Talk | Comments Disabled

Brain X-Ray [1]Hi, everyone!  AARP Illinois communications staff member Heather Heppner here to share with you a new video series on Alzheimer’s disease that features Dr. William Klein from Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.).

What do we really know about Alzheimer’s disease – a disease that affects more than 5 million [2] Americans?  More than you might think.  In this new five-part video series LG Taylor – filmmaker and founder of the science collaborative Neuro.Rapt [3] - explores Alzheimer’s disease with the help of Northwestern researcher William Klein.  Klein founded Klein Lab [4] at Northwestern University and his work is dedicated to discovering the cause and developing a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.


Episode 1 – Where It All Began.  This five-minute video explores the origins of Alzheimer’s, how the disease affects creativity [5] and imagination, and the emotional and financial toll of the disease.

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Episode 2 – Dementia and the Toxins That Destroy Memory and Learning.  This five-minute video explores the causes of dementia [7] and how toxins affect the memory [8] network.

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Episode 3 – Why Toxins Build Up in the Brain and Can We Prevent It?  In the third segment of this five-part series on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. William L. Klein ponders if there’s a correlation between diabetes, current environment and Alzheimer’s [10] disease.

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Episode 4 – Who Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect?

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Episode 5 – Discovering Therapeutics That Work and the New Path Toward Effective Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment  In the fifth and final segment of this five-part docu-series on Alzheimer’s Disease: Dr. Klein covers: How do we get the young generation involved?  With all of these hurdles, can we be optimistic about what’s on the horizon?

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Did you know?*

  • Alzheimer’s disease [14] is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
  • An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.  Today, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds.
  • In 2013, Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $203 billion.  This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
  • Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease grew by 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while rates for other major causes of death (e.g. heart disease) decreased during this time period.


*Facts provided by the Alzheimer’s Association [2]


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Brain499999.jpg

[2] 5 million: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp#quickFacts

[3] Neuro.Rapt: http://neurorapt.com/

[4] Klein Lab: http://kleinlab.org/

[5] creativity: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/15/amy-goyer-music-therapy-as-a-tool-for-caregiver/ ?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[6] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z-Ugh-evN0

[7] dementia: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/04/03/cost-of-dementia-tops-157-billion/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[8] memory: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-08-2012/memory-lapses-that-are-normal.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[9] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqCymLeJe3k

[10] Alzheimer’s: http://www.alz.org/

[11] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J3h4sAeYcU

[12] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGYgTU7mnnQ

[13] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCiZbVcB3OY

[14] Alzheimer’s disease: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/21/sally-abrahms-making-sense-of-alzheiemers-9-books-for-kids/ ?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[15] Image: http://brain.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-CONT-BHQ-REL-BL

[16] Are Heavy Metals Evildoers in Alzheimer’s Disease?: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/23/are-heavy-metals-evildoers-in-alzheimers-disease/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[17] What Causes Dementia? Anemia Is Part of the Puzzle: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/01/what-causes-dementia-anemia-is-part-of-the-puzzle/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[18] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

[19] AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP

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