Older Adult Neuro Research

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Raised by 4 people in 31 months
I'm JoAnne and I wish you a warm welcome to my gofundme page!  You are giving up valuable time out of your day to find out about my research so I promise you an entertaining, if somewhat quirky, adventure.

I created the short animated presentation below to tell you all about the cause for which I am soliciting donations.  Don't worry, it's worth the 2 minutes it'll take to watch.

This is the poster we use to advertise for participants.

That's my dad wearing the headset.  Isn't he great?!

If you are unable to support this research project, please check back here occassionally anway.  I will share research updates and tips about how to maintain brain health .   Maybe some anecodotes, as well.
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Do something good for your brain today by learning something new!

In fact, you should try to learn something new everyday. Your brain will thank you.

Well it won't send a thank you card or anything like that, but learning new things will help it "grow, develop and make connections well into old age" as noted by the Fountain of Health ( www.fountainofhealth.ca). So that big brain of yours will thank you by staying healthy as you age.

The Fountain of Health is a Canadian based organization that promotes may of the same research supported ideas I assert concerning healthy neurological aging. Their webpage on lifelong learning is so well done I couldn't add a thing even if they asked for my opinion.
(Find the page here: http://fountainofhealth.ca/optimal-aging/lifelong-learning)

So my friends, seek out lifelong learning opportunities and prosper.
(Not a direct quote from Mr. Spock.)

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If you signed up with the Brain Health Registry you probably got the June newsletter.

Whether you saw the newsletter or not, I'm going to tell you about it anyway. It's just that interesting.

A group of researchers are now hypothesizing the beta amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's Disease may result from skirmishes the body's immune system has with viruses, bacteria or other beasties that slip thru the blood brain barrier.

I know what you're thinking, "What?! Stuff gets thru the blood brain barrier?!"

Apparently so. And apparently the barrier gets a little leaky as we age.

If you want to know more on this topic check out the NY Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/health/alzheimers-disease-infection.html?_r=1
or you can purchase the journal article on the topic available from Science Translation Medicine here: http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/8/340/340ra72

I must admit the journal article was above my reading level, but the NY Times article was just right for me.
Brain Health Registry June, 2016
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The June issue of JAMA Neurology is out! I knew you were anxiously awaiting it.

I have to admit I just read the introductions to the articles. Most of them are more brain-surgeon-oriented than what I am capable of understanding. But once in a while there is something that applies to my whole healthy-brain-as-we-age-thing.

So this month there is a letter to the editor discussing research that examined the relationship between vitamin D and cognitive decline.

If you would like to read the letter to the editor check it out here: http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleID=2516855

The gist:
There may be no relationship between vitamin D and cognitive decline.

My take on this:
Get enough vitamin D, just in case. And besides, it'll keep you from getting scurvy. Oh, wait. That's vitamin C. Hmmm, well if nothing else you'll have a nice tan. Don't forget the sun screen.
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Have you heard of the Brain Health Registry?

According to the website http://www.brainhealthregistry.org/

"The purpose of the Brain Health Registry is to promote healthy brain function through the prevention of brain diseases, brain disorders and brain injuries that affect brain function in adults."

This is fantastic opportunity to contribute non-invasive data to neuroscience research. There is lots of good information on their FAQ page.

If you decide to participate you can be confidant the research is ethical. It is overseen by the University of California San Francisco. Potential university research projects must present their project to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval prior to data collection. (Incidentally, the UT IRB approved the project with which I am involved.)

Being interested not just in my own research topic but all neurocognitive research, I registered and competed the initial screenings. In 3 to 6 months I'll contribute again since continued participation is how the researchers will be able to correlate data.

And again 3 to 6 months later.... and so on ... and so forth because long term commitment and perseverance is essential for success. Yep. Keep moving forward and opening new doors. (Thanks, Walt.)

If you participate in the registry I'd love to hear your opinion of it. I thought the questions were interesting from a research perspective, but as a regular Joe I had a hard time using the keyboard instead of the mouse for some of the 'games'. Maybe that makes me an irregular Joe.
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Raised by 4 people in 31 months
Created May 6, 2016
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Sylvia Keilty
27 months ago

Fabulous research initiative! This area is overlooked and neglected while the population research base is growing. I can't wait to learn what you discover!

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