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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

 

CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

November is national Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Here at Coastal Connecticut Research, we’ve been heavily involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s.  We have conducted a variety of Alzheimer’s clinical research studies with primary investigator Dr. Laurence Radin, who specializes in neurology.  We have also provided community members with no cost memory screenings

as a public service through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s early detection program.  To date, over 100 no cost screenings have been offered to the public through our Mobile Memory Clinics.

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, degenerative condition.  Research will continue to help discover and  develop improved treatments for individuals living with memory loss.

If you or someone you know is living with memory loss, has a family history of memory loss, or would like to learn more about research involving memory loss, call to speak to a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com. 

 

No Cost Memory Screenings

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is offering no cost, confidential memory screenings as a service to the community for memory loss or suspected early signs of Alzheimer’s.

If you are concerned about memory loss, have a family history of memory loss, or live with someone experiencing suspected memory loss call Coastal Connecticut Research at (860) 443-4567 to book a screening appointment.  Evaluations take around 30 minutes and results can be forwarded to health care providers with consent.

Since the inception of the Alzheimer’s national memory screening program over 2.5 million people have been screened worldwide.  Locally, Coastal Connecticut Research has conducted over 100 free memory screenings as part of this Alzheimer’s initiative. Memory screenings are a significant first step towards identifying memory problems.   The screenings are conducted by medical staff trained as Qualified Dementia Care Specialists, the highest level of certification awarded by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Coastal Connecticut Research is located at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London.  Visit www.CCRstudies.com to learn more about the research site.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Research

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Recently, we had the pleasure of attending the first annual Senior Strong Summit in Mystic, Connecticut. The program focused on topics ranging from estate planning to Alzheimer’s disease care giving and research.  The event was organized by the Mystic Geriatrics Institute, an newly formed non-profit with a focus on the changing face of elder care and empowering seniors.

We feel it’s important to participate in such events to educate the public on the important role research plays in the future treatment of disease.  Ideally those who conduct research throughout the world can someday find a cure for this global epidemic of the aging population which currently affects 5 million Americans.  What we shared with those in attendance is the current research at our site takes different approaches to Alzheimer’s.  Some of studies testing investigational medications focus on improving Alzheimer’s symptoms, with a future goal of better treating the disease.   We have tested investigational medications designed to target memory, thinking, reasoning and cognition. We are also in the process of testing an investigational medication for those living with mild dementia designed to promote better sleep.  Observational studies, those studies that do not test a medication, have looked at ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s earlier and more accurately. Some observational studies focus on biomarkers such as blood,  brain wave patterns and Amyloid proteins on the brain.  Just as each and every person is different, each and every research study we conduct is different. Our studies are conducted with highest ethical standards.

As noted to those who attended the Senior Strong Summit, clinical research follows a protocol which is black and white, but Alzheimer’s disease has many shades of gray and creates some complex issues for the person suffering from the disease and those caring for the person living with the disease.   Those who consent to clinical research are participating as volunteers, and their participation can someday help others living with the same condition.

Call us at (860) 443-4567 if you would like to learn more about research or wish for us to participate in your next event.

 

Technology and the Brain

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

We in the 21st century are living in an advanced age.  At the click of our fingers, we have access to a plethora of information thanks to the world wide web.  Virtually everyone carries a smartphone, a revolution in technology.  So much for looking things up in our “Funk and Wagnalls” encyclopedia!

The advent of technology has also had an impact on modern medicine and research.  Technology that provides “a window on the brain”* has become a part of the clinical trial process for Alzheimer’s research.

To better treat Alzheimer’s, we need to better understand the disease.  Research which looks at markers for having dementia – brain wave patterns, blood, thinking, reasoning, and remembering, can help better diagnose and ultimately monitor Alzheimer’s  in the future.  MRI’s, CT scans and PET scans are also utilized.

A research registry is currently enrolling eligible volunteers ages 50 and above who have cognitive impairment of suspected Alzheimer’s disease.  The research opportunity provides a no cost PET scan (positron emmission tomography),  This “picture of the brain” will help to identify the amyloid plaque (a buildup of sticky protein) in the brain.  These proteins are one of the hallmarks of memory disease.

Those who are interested in learning more about research opportunities for individuals with memory loss are welcome to contact Coastal Connecticut Research at (860) 443-4567.  The memory loss research team includes local neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin, Andrea Stewart APRN, Diane Palmer RN, Jeannine Elliott RN and Jessie Hatfield LPN.

 

 

 

 

 

*The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

Observational Alzheimer’s Study

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Volunteers are needed for an exploratory, observational clinical study for memory loss in New London.  The study is looking to see if having markers for dementia, such as brain wave patterns, blood, and cognition will help diagnose and monitor Alzheimer’s Disease more easily and earlier in the future.  Coastal Connecticut Research is seeking individuals in the early stages of memory loss to participate in this clinical research trial.

If you or someone you know living with dementia is under the age of 90, you may be eligible to participate in this clinical research study.  Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin is the study doctor.  The study team is comprised of highly trained nurses and Qualified Dementia Care Specialists.

Study tests are non-invasive.  All study-related labs, exams and testing are provided at no cost.  No insurance is required. Reimbursement is available for time and travel.  If you have questions or interest in this study, contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Free Memory Screenings at Total Life Expo

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Coastal Connecticut Research (CCRstudies) will be providing free memory screenings at the Total Life Expo, presented by the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce at Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, September 17th, 2016.  We’ll be on hand from 10 am to 3pm for those who wish to visit our booth.  The memory screenings are part of the Alzheimer Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening program.

Sarah Ballard, LPN, Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, will be conducting the screenings.  Results are confidential but can be forwarded to health care provided with the consent of the person who has undergone the memory screening.

Admission is free to the event.

Observational Alzheimer’s Study

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
Alzheimer’s patients and healthy volunteers are needed to participate in an exploratory, observational clinical study being conducted in New London at Coastal Connecticut Research. New London County Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin is the study doctor. The intent of the study is to help diagnose and monitor Alzheimer’s Disease more easily and earlier in the fut
Those who may be eligible to participate in the study are living with mild to moderate memory loss and under the age of 90.
There are 2 study visits over the course of 1 year.  No study drug is involved. The Alzheimer’s patient can continue with his or her usual medication and diet as normal.
There is no cost to participate in this clinical research study, no insurance is needed, and reimbursement is available to the study patient for time and travel. Study tests are non-invasive and are provided at no cost.  Study procedures, including an MRI (if needed) and a EEG are performed at no cost.
If you are interested in participating as an Alzheimer’s patient or as a healthy volunteer, please contact a member of the CCRstudies team today at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com. Referrals are also welcome.
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Mobile Memory Clinic

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Memory matters and early detection is key in creating a plan of action for an individual living with memory loss.

Coastal Connecticut Research, (CCRstudies), offers free, confidential memory screenings as part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening Program.  Our Mobile Memory Clinics have been conducted at a variety of events and locations throughout Southeastern Connecticut.  On Thursday, June 23rd, we will be conducting no cost memory testing at the Chase Manor Health Fair, 85 Norman Road in Norwich.  The event will run from 1:00 pm – 3:00pm. Residents of Chase Manor and the public are invited to visit our booth to gather information regarding our current clinical research.  Diane Palmer, RN, Site Administrator of Coastal Connecticut Research and Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, will be conducting the free memory screenings.

Those who cannot attend the event who wish to learn more about our no cost memory screenings can contact MaryLou Gannotti at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com

CCRstudies to Conduct Mobile Memory Clinic

Friday, March 11th, 2016

 

CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

CCRstudies in New London  will be conducting a Mobile Memory Clinic at the East Lyme Senior Center on Wednesday, March 30th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Diane Palmer, RN and Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, will administer memory testing to those who register in advance with the East Lyme Senior Center. CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The test serves a key role in the early detection of memory loss in individuals.

In addition to free memory testing, CCRstudies will also present information on current Alzheimer’s Research underway in New London testing an investigational add-on medication.

There is no cost to attend the event, but pre-registration is requested for the memory testing which will begin promptly at 9:30am. Memory Screenings can be set up through the East Lyme Senior Center. For further information on the event, contact MaryLou at CCRstudies at (860)443-4567.

Virtual Dementia Tour

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

In order to understand someone, you sometimes have to walk the proverbial mile in their shoes. But how can you understand empathize with someone living with memory loss if you yourself are not living with the condition?

Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization based in Georgia, created an opportunity for people to experience what it feels like to live with dementia.  The “Virtual Dementia Tour” has been described as a “scientifically proven method that builds sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia by temporarily altering participants’ physical and sensory abilities.”

Recently, CCRstudies staff was invited to participate in a Virtual Dementia Tour held at Senior Resources Agency on Aging in Norwich, Connecticut. Faith Paddon of Gentiva Health Care has been trained to give the tour and facilitated the event along with Marion Donato of Senior Resources Agency on Aging.

Participants were outfitted with a variety of gear to help simulate the dementia experience.  Those who went on the tour described their five minutes of “living with dementia,” as “scary,” “overwhelming,” “horrible,” “frightening,” and “a rollercoaster ride in which you cannot get off.”  CCRstudies MaryLou Gannotti, whose late father had Alzheimer’s, said about the tour  “I actually felt sad after the tour. All I could think of is what my poor dad had to go through in the later stages of his life.”  She further added, “this was a life altering experience and I would highly recommend someone take a tour if they have the chance.”

Since the Virtual Dementia Tour has been launched, nearly two million people in 17 countries have participated.  The tour has also been used at more than 200 colleges and universities to supplement existing curriculum.

Today, over 5 million Americans are living with dementia. 47 million people worldwide are living with the condition.  Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and there is no cure.  Clinical research is underway throughout the world, and locally in New London, regarding the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

CCRstudies is currently involved in a clinical trial testing an investigational add-on medication for mild to moderate memory loss.  Those interested in learning more about the current memory loss study are welcome to contact a member of the study team at (860)443-4567.