Alzheimer’s Disease is rising in epidemic proportion. Currently more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease, and that number is expected to triple by 2050. No cure or efective treatments exists particularly for people in the advances stages. That is why the research recently presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Honolulu by UW researches, Dr. Mark Sager and Dr. Sterling Johnson garnered national attention. Their two new studies involving a newly identified gene (TOMM40) show that Alzheimer’s deisease could be diagnosed as much as 20 years before symptoms develop. This gene is a new research tool to identify people at risk and possibly intervene before the disease advances. Dr. Sager discusses UW’s important role in Alzheimer’s research, what we know now, and the prognosis for the future.
For more information, contact the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute: 608.829.3300
After Alice in Dairyland stimulates our taste buds by reminding us of the famous cream puffs which fairgoers will enjoy at the Wisconsin State Fair August 5-15 in West Allis, we go behind the scenes of developing communities.
Gerry and Joe Ring describe the western expansion of Madison with the Parkwood Hills development, the first of Park Towne Corporation’s developments which began in the 1960’s. Larger lots in the rolling hills of the park-like setting stimulated naming the streets after our National Parks.
Today their vision has expanded into developing a community for the future where sustainable living, preserving the environment and inspiring the building of energy-efficient housing is the preferred model. Green is moe than a color on the DeForest acreage amidst the Yahara River called Conservancy Place. The Rings share their ideas on what it means to live “green”. For more information, go to www.conservancyplace.com.
Community/Family Services Specialist
UW Hospital Organ Procurement
With the U.S. Transplant Games scheduled July 30th-August 4th, 2010 in Madison, and the state of Wisconsin recently launching an online organ donor registry, the spotlight is on Wiscosnin as leader in organ donation. In 2000, four weeks after receiving her driver’s license at the age of 16, Mary Nachreiner’s daughter, Kelly, was killed in a automobile accident. Kelly had stated she wanted to be an oran donor, and because of her gift, three people are alive today. Mary Nachreiner took Kelly’s story to the state legislature who quickly passed Kelly’s Law, requiring all drivers’ education programs in Wisconsin to give at least thirty minutes of instruction on organ donation.
Dr. Tony D’Alessandro talks of the major advances that have been made in transplant surgery and of the need for everyone to consider themselves eligible to be a possible organ, tissue or eye donor. For more information go to, www.YesIWillWisconsin.com, and register online today.
Wisconsin has always been a leader in organ donation. For the first time ever, the U.S. Transplant Games, an Olympic-style event that celebrates the success of transplantation, honor those that gave the gift of life, and calls attention to the need for organ donors will be in Madison July 30th – August 4th.
Relating the emotional stories of being on the brink of death and receiving life-saving organs are three men who personally experienced such a journey. Grateful for the gift of life they have been give, they will be joining the thousands of people from across the country who will be in Madison to participate in the transplant games.
Wisconsin citizens are also encourage to register their organ donation wishes on the new online Donor Registry, www.YesIWillWisconsin.com. The registry is legally binding and ensures your decision to be a donor is honored. People with an organge dot on their license should still register online.