Awaken A Force

Categories: Blog, Ds / Alzheimer's Connection

By Alan Gard, Devoted Dad (and Jedi Knight Battling Darth Dementia) As December greets us this year, many are in a festive move as a special event approaches…namely the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Over $50 million in presale tickets have already been sold. When was the last time you bought a ticket in …

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NIH supports new studies to find Alzheimer’s biomarkers in Down syndrome

Categories: Blog, Ds / Alzheimer's Connection, News

The National Institutes of Health announced a groundbreaking initiative to track dementia onset and the progress of Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome. The studies will be funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), both part of NIH. “We …

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Might Normalizing Brain Development Help in Down’s Syndrome?

Categories: Blog, Ds / Alzheimer's Connection, Ds Research

LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Michael Harpold was referenced in a discussion from the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. The article discusses if the cognitive impairments associated with Down syndrome could be prevented. Dr. Harpold was mentioned along with others from Tufts Medical in Boston, Univeristy of Bologna in Italy and Institute for Basic …

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Not Ready To Make Nice

Categories: Ds / Alzheimer's Connection, Events

Hello! As a newcomer to this blog, let me introduce some of the basics about myself: My name is Alan Gard. My son Alijah who just turned 3 has Down syndrome.  I’m preparing for my third Hundred Hole Hike to raise money for a Ds related cause, and I am now focused on raising money …

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