Today, Friday, April 27, we went on an outing to Leatherby’s. Unfortunately, in the hurry of getting us all together, I forgot my camera. Nevertheless, it was such a perfect afternoon I had to write about it. As I looked around the table at all the wonderful people it was such a satisfying feeling. People were laughing, chatting, enjoying each others company. Then, complete silence overtook the table as the ice cream was set before us. The men all ordered large, manly sized ice cream dishes – to my surprise everyone of them devoured them completely! The women ordered more petite size servings, but they also devoured their ice cream! Joan Johnson generously shared her chocolate topping with her neighbor Seletta Pitcher, as Seletta just ordered vanilla ice cream. Connell Roberts ask whom sponsored this event and let me know how thankful he was for himself and his wife, Emelia. Vella Pilati ate her entire strawberry sundae with a great big smile – what a sight. Phil Seal told me he had been waiting all day for this, “It was worth it”, he said. Thomas Bunkall said when he finished , “I am soooo full ice cream is for sure going to come out of my ears”. Glyde Whitney ran into old neighbors she has known for 50 years and went and ate her ice cream with them and was so delighted. All days at Carrington Court are good days, but some are perfect – this was one of them.
The Alzheimer’s diagnosis test developed by Eli Lilly & Co. was first brought to our attention last year as a potentially huge development in the fight to cure Alzheimer’s disease. However, the test had yet to be approved for use by the FDA and so we all sat and waited. This past Friday the wait came to an end as the FDA approved the test. The test uses a chemical called florbetapir to help target amyloid plaques present in the brain. These deposits of amyloid plaques are tied to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
The hope is that with the new test a scan can be done to help detect early traces of these proteins in the brain and help diagnose individuals with Alzheimer’s in the early stages of the disease. It is hoped that the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease can lead to currently developed medications having a larger impact on slowing the disease, because the medications will be used in the early stages of the disease and might be able to have a larger impact on the disease’s progression.
The early detection should also help people begin to educate themselves and plan for the future of the disease. It should greatly help families be able to reach out for help from doctors and community support groups to better understand the disease and how to help their loved-one make the most of their future lives while battling this disease. The more education and early warning we can get the better we will be able to help those seniors that stand in need of so much help. They deserve all the time we can give them!
For more information about this awesome, breakthrough story please go to: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304587704577332090297872490.html
Our residents enjoyed putting together an arrangement with flowers the other morning. We even scented the flowers with perfume. Conversation, laughing with friends, working really hard to make it look just right, and then admiring our arrangement. Even the men had a great time. Hats off to a wonderful group of people – they make everyday the best! My goodness they are sooooo photogenic.
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Here are some fun early spring pictures of our residents!!