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I want to tell all of you about an event I’ll be attending next week that I am very excited about: the Bay Area premiere of a documentary film call The Genius of Marian. The film, by local filmmaker Banker White, focuses on his mother as her Alzheimer’s disease advances. If you are in or near San Francisco on November 23, I highly recommend you get tickets – plus, I’ll be moderating a conversation with Banker and film producer Anna Fitch immediately following the screening. Details on the event appear at the bottom of this post. I asked Banker to tell us a bit about the film and his family’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s what he had to say:
The Genius of Marian is a documentary film about my extraordinary mother Pam White, and her struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The last few years have been a roller coaster of emotions, filled with frustration, sadness, joy and celebration. I didn’t originally set out to make a documentary film about my mother’s disease. The project began as a series of informal recorded conversations with my mom in the months after her Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2009. She had begun writing a memoir called “The Genius of Marian” about her own mother (my grandmother), Marian Williams Steele. Marian was a well-loved and well-known painter and was in many ways the matriarch of our family. In 2001, Marian died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 89. Continue reading “SATURDAY: The Genius of Marian in San Francisco” »
‘Tis the season for flu vaccine! Every year we get at least a few calls from people asking if there is a link between the flu vaccine and Alzheimer’s disease. This is an idea that came about more than a decade ago and has actually been debunked many times over.
In fact, several mainstream studies link flu shots and other vaccinations to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and overall better health! For example: Continue reading “A Timely Topic: Flu vaccine is not linked to Alzheimer’s” »
Metals are nearly everywhere in our environment, and they are present naturally in our body and brain. They play important roles in our diet and they are essential to a variety of processes in our body and brain. A newly-published study that has received a lot of news coverage in the past couple days suggest a possible link between exposure to copper and beta amyloid, a protein many scientists believe play a critical role in developing Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s the analysis of this Alzheimer’s Association-funded study: Continue reading “Alzheimer’s research in the news: Copper” »
The CNN program “Sanjay Gupta, M.D.” reported this weekend on research being conducted on an “eye test” to detect beta amyloid buildup.
The eyes are very close to and densely connected to the brain and thus may be similarly affected by physical changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers in the report hope these tests will someday assist with earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading “Could the eyes be the window to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis?” »