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December 2012 Newsletter

Angela Herron: Stepping Forward for Those Who Can't

We just have to brag about Angela Herron, president of our board of directors, once more and congratulate her for meeting her goal (raised three times, by the way) of $12,000 to benefit LBDA for October LBD Awareness Month! Angela ran more than 160 miles and pledged to donate $5 for every mile that she ran during the month of October in honor of her mother who was diagnosed with LBD. She also asked her friends and LBDA supporters to join her by donating on her Firstgiving page, which was a fun and easy way to raise funds for LBDA.

Please consider starting a Firstgiving page or organizing a community fundraising event in your community today by contacting Davida Morgan Washington, Director of Development, at dwashington@lbda.org or 404.935.6444 ext. 104.

Georgia Gives Day, December 6, 2012

Geogria Gives LogoLBDA is proud to partner with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits for Georgia Gives Day on December 6, 2012. Georgia Gives Day is an initiative to empower nonprofits to deliver greater impact and enhanced services in our communities by increasing individual philanthropic giving in Georgia and raising awareness of the state’s nonprofit sector. Georgia Gives is a statewide initiative that focuses the attention of the public on the work and worth of nonprofits. Click here to learn more and to donate.

Research Advances: Pathologic and Genetic Associations with Dementia in Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease (PD) was originally described as "the shaking palsy that spared the intellect." But research has revealed the opposite is actually true. Nearly 80 percent of older adults who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease are likely to progress to dementia within 15 years of diagnosis. New research indicates that the severity of Lewy body pathology in the cortex at autopsy and presence of the APOE4 gene variant were each associated with progression to dementia in PD. Read the full article.

Caregiving and the Holidays: from Stress to Success!

For many caregivers, the holiday season gives rise to stress, frustration, and anger instead of peace and goodwill. Caregivers may feel resentful towards other family members who they feel have not offered enough assistance. Managing care for someone who has a cognitive impairment may leave caregivers feeling that they will not be able to participate as fully as they would like in family gatherings. Already feeling overwhelmed with caregiving tasks, stressed-out caregivers may view traditional holiday preparations as more of a drain of precious energy than a joy.

Click here for some suggestions to help make the holidays more enjoyable for you and your loved ones.

Genetic Variant Increases Risk for Dementia in Lewy Body Diseases

Recent genetics studies of people with dementia and pathologically confirmed Lewy body disease is shedding light on how a person’s genes may influence their susceptibility to Lewy body dementias. A gene associated with a completely different disorder — Gaucher’s disease — may play a role.

The term “Lewy body disease” is used by researchers to indicate the presence of Lewy bodies in the brain, and it is the hallmark seen at autopsy in Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. People with Lewy body disease may have it alone or in combination with neuropathological changes of other diseases like Alzheimer’s or vascular disease. Continue reading