picWell, it seems my self-diagnosed ADHD is in full swing tonight. I sat down over an hour ago to finish my Caregivers piece for tomorrow… and lo and behold, I haven’t even opened the document yet.

BUT…. I found another wonderful resource for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers and advocates. Check out The Dementia Queen… “Insight with a dash of humor on the side.”

The DQ, Sue Paul, is an occupational therapist and geriatric specialist. She works with ALZ and dementia patients, and, like many of us, created her blog in hopes that her experiences can help those struggling with the disease(s). Kudos to Sue!

On another note, and speaking of great kudos, I received this message from Max Wallack today:

“Unfortunately, even with the support of so many tireless Alzheimer’s advocates, my cause for Alzheimer’s research is not the winner of the $10,000 award in the Kids Who Give contest. However, the contest was a wonderful experience because I came to have contact with so many people who share my passion to make a difference in the course of this disease. Today, one supporter even donated $5,000 of his private funds for Alzheimer’s research at BUSM. I will continue to work hard and pursue my lifelong goal to tackle this disease on multiple fronts, encompassing compassionate care of those afflicted, support for weary caregivers, and research to find treatments and, perhaps, a cure.”

On behalf of Alzheimer’s/dementia caregivers, advocates, and families, I’d like to congratulate Max not only on his efforts in the Kids Who Give contest, but really on all of his endeavors. I don’t doubt for a second that we’ll be hearing great things about this young man. His future is bright, and we’re thankful that he has committed himself to the ALZ cause.

And, last but not least… (I warned you, didn’t I?? ADHD!!)   Have a glass of red wine while you read this article –> Red Wine Provides Hope for Alzheimer’s Sufferers.

Researchers at the University of Leeds in the UK are finding that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine and green tea extracts, is not only good for the heart, but may also slow the progression of ALZ. The study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, suggests that resveratrol prevents the formation of amyloid protein clumps which attach to brain cells, ultimately causing them to die.

So there you have it! In less than 400 words, we’ve met a Dementia Queen, celebrated an amazing young scholar and role model, and touted the benefits of red wine. How’s that for variety!?

~Goodnight friends.