Wikimedia Creative Commons

There are currently more than 40 million people in the United States over the age of 65, and that number is expected to more than double in the next 20 years. We’re joined by Dr. Ron Garry, Board Certified Gerontologist, and Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, president and CEO of the Naples Senior Center at JFCS to discuss the growing needs of senior citizens in Southwest Florida.

PublicDomainPictures via Pixabay

A non-profit research center in Fort Myers is joining the rapidly developing field of genetic research. The Clinical & Translational Genome Research Institute opened this month at Florida Gulf Coast University’s newly completed Emergent Technologies Institute.  

This year’s budget includes $5 million for Alzheimer’s disease research and $3.5 million for similar initiatives. And, the head of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Sam Verghese says he’s very happy about that.

Mark Sadowski

A study published last month in the “Proceedings of the Royal Society B,” links chronic exposure to an amino acid produced by blue-green algae and common in crabs and other seafood to an increased risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s’, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). 

The study examined the effects of consuming foods with the amino acid known as BMAA and found it can lead to the development of “brain tangles” and protein deposits in the brains of monkeys.  

Neil Moralee via Flickr Creative Commons

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs recently announced the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative to spread public awareness about dementia and to help make Florida communities more dementia-friendly.