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As 2014 comes to a close, AAGP would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of AAGP eNews a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 13.

Editorship of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
From Aug. 26: The AAGP is proud of its flagship journal, the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (AJGP). The AJGP made its debut in 1993 under the visionary leadership of the late Gene D. Cohen, MD PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, first chief of the Center on Aging and Director of the Program on Aging at the NIMH and former Acting Director of the NIA. Dr. Cohen was renowned for his work on creativity and development of award-winning intergenerational games. Through Dr. Cohen's tireless efforts, the AJGP grew in its nascent years as a quarterly edition, and became a part of the Index Medicus in 1996.
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This Alzheimer's breakthrough could be a game changer
From Oct. 21: Researchers have overcome a major barrier in the study of Alzheimer's that could pave the way for breakthroughs in our understanding of the disease, a new report shows — and that new understanding could, in turn, pave the way for drugs that treat or interrupt the progression of the neurodegenerative condition.
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UCLA researcher: Therapeutic program reverses Alzheimer's memory loss
McKnight's Long Term Care News
From Oct. 7: An intensive therapy regimen involving medication, diet and behavioral changes successfully reversed Alzheimer's-related memory loss in a first-of-its-kind trial, according to findings out of the University of California, Los Angeles. The small study involved 10 people experiencing memory loss from Alzheimer's and other conditions. Of these, nine showed "subjective or objective" memory improvement within three to six months of starting the program, the UCLA investigator determined. Of six who had left their jobs or were struggling, all were able to return to work or continue working. The one patient who did not improve had late-stage Alzheimer's.
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5 states expected to see the biggest increase in Alzheimer's disease
Motley Fool
From Oct. 7: Cancer and heart disease may be far more prevalent killers, but Alzheimer's disease is certainly no ailment to overlook, considering that it's the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. According to statistics from the Alzheimer's Association, or AA, one in nine Americans age 65 or older has Alzheimer's. While an Alzheimer's diagnosis might seem like it would be at random on a state-by-state basis, there are clearly states whose rate of diagnosis is expected to soar during the coming decade. Based on estimates from the AA in its 2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, here are five states that are projected to see their Alzheimer's diagnoses soar by a minimum of 54.5 percent between 2014 and 2025.
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Tau, not amyloid-beta, triggers neuronal death process in Alzheimer's
Medical Xpress
From Nov. 4: New research points to tau, not amyloid-beta plaque, as the seminal event that spurs neuron death in disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. The finding, which dramatically alters the prevailing theory of Alzheimer's development, also explains why some people with plaque build-up in their brains don't have dementia.
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How does Alzheimer's disease kill?
LiveScience via Fox News
From Nov. 18: Alzheimer's is perhaps best known for its effects on memory, but the condition is a progressive brain disease in which abnormal protein deposits build up in the brain, which causes brain cells to die. But Alzheimer's disease is not usually a direct cause of brain death — that is, it does not suddenly cause the entire brain to cease functioning, said Dr. Marc L. Gordon, chief of neurology at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Queens, New York.
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New 'Research Agenda For Suicide Prevention' released
Action Alliance
From Feb. 11: The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force of the National Institutes of Health has announced that the finalized document — "A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives" — is available for download online at The Agenda outlines 30 research pathways that could help decrease the number of both suicide attempts and deaths in the United States. In addition to input from a Stakeholder Survey, the Agenda also was developed based on a literature review, portfolio analysis, mapping of the burden of suicide, and input from over 70 researchers in the field who examined what research areas show the most promise in reducing the suicide rates in the United States. The goal is for this Agenda to be used by funding organizations to help guide them in their funding decisions, as well as the researchers themselves regarding the types of research they conduct in the future. Family members, policymakers, and other interested individuals are encouraged to use the Agenda to help advocate for the field of suicide prevention research.

To ensure issues related to older adults were included in the agenda, the AAGP Research Committee provided input to the Task Force’s deliberations in April 2012. In its letter, AAGP pointed out the values of models of care and research methodologies related to the elderly. See AAGP's letter online at

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President's Column: Gratitude and excitement
By David C. Steffens, MD, MHS, AAGP
From Feb. 11: For my last President’s Column, I thought I’d focus on two themes: Gratitude and excitement.

First, I have to thank many people who have contributed to the organization’s success this year and those who have helped me personally as President. There are many lists of individuals, who have helped AAGP move forward this year.

Click here to read AAGP President David C. Steffens' entire column.

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Partners In Health names AAGP member Gary Gottlieb Chief Executive Officer
Partners In Health
From Nov. 4: Partners In Health announced that it will name Dr. Gary Gottlieb as the organization’s next CEO, effective July 1, 2015. Gottlieb, currently the president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, was recruited by Partners In Health to assume the role long held by Ophelia Dahl. Last May, Dahl announced she would step down as executive director but would remain deeply involved in the organization’s work and serve as chair of the board.
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Excessive worry in middle-aged women linked to higher Alzheimer's risk
The Washington Post
From Oct. 7: Here's something to worry about: A recent study suggests that middle-age women whose personalities tend toward the neurotic run a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. The study by researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden followed a group of women in their 40s, whose disposition made them prone to anxiety, moodiness and psychological distress, to see how many developed dementia over the next 38 years.
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