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9/11/2022 2:54:00 PM
Groundbreaking Research For Alzheimer's Disease
Results shared at Alzheimer's Association International Conference
This illustration shows how Alzheimer’s disease causes a normal brain to shrink.
(Contributed Graphic)

This illustration shows how
Alzheimer’s disease causes a
normal brain to shrink.

(Contributed Graphic)

Lincoln Herald Staff
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It’s an endless effort.

With more than six million Americans and 180,000 North Carolinians now living with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers are working tirelessly to advance science that will lead to earlier detection, preventions and additional new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and all dementia.

According to Christine Fuller of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association Western Carolina Chapter, more than 10,000 researchers recently attended the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, either in person or using Internet-based communication, to share the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia science. Highlights included:

  • Another reason to move your body: Results are in from the longest-ever clinical trial of exercise in older adults with mild memory problems. After a year of regular physical activity, such as aerobic exercise or stretching, study participants experienced no significant cognitive decline.
  • Junk food might be hurting our brains. Researchers studied more than 10,000 people over eight years and found that high consumption of ultra-processed foods led to a 28-percent faster decline in cognitive function.
  • More long-term impacts of COVID-19: Researchers found that loss of smell due to COVID-19 infection may be a better predictor of long-term cognitive and functional impairment than severity of the illness.
  • Earning less money may increase dementia risk. Compared with workers earning higher wages, sustained low-wage earners experienced significantly faster memory decline in older age.

Katherine Lambert, the CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter, was among the conference attendees.

“There is great progress in Alzheimer’s and dementia research,” said Lambert, adding that at the conference, “We heard new ideas about what makes us at risk, as well as a diverse array of treatments and prevention methods for Alzheimer’s disease and all dementia. The work of the scientific community holds great promise for the future worldwide, and in our own backyard here in North Carolina.”

Fuller noted that more than 80 scientific presentations from the conference were from N.C.-based researchers and investigators, including those from Duke, East Carolina and Wake Forest universities, the universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Greensboro and other research centers.

To learn more about the studies presented at the conference, see the Website at The Alzheimer’s Association is available with information and support for families as they navigate the disease and related research.

And for more information on the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter, see the Website at or call the 24/seven helpline at (800) 272-3900.

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