On Friday, February 8, I attend the Alzheimer's Association’s National Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Randall Bateman, lead investigator for the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network (DIAN) Trials Unit at Washington University St. Louis, gave an overview on the research he’s conducting. Through an online registry of over 3,000 people with autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Bateman was able to find 240 volunteers for his trial. They are testing the affects of three different drugs from two manufacturers on this group.

Myriam Marquez, a National Early Stage Advisor for the Alzheimer’s Association, lives with the disease and is a member of Dr. Bateman’s trial. She spoke of the devastating effects Alzheimer’s has had on her and many of her family members. She is an advocate and a participant in the study to help future generations of her family and others with this inherited gene.

This study is funded by the Alzheimer’s Association. Important research such as this is just one of the many reasons that Kindred has a national team for A Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Additionally, the funds we help to raise provide free resources and tools for those living with and caring for those with the disease, including:

  • Alzconnected.org is a social networking community designed for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Members can connect and communicate with people who understand their challenges.
  • Alzheimersnavigator.org helps those touched by Alzheimer's navigate through the disease. There are many questions once being diagnosed with this disease. This tool is a way to help answer those questions.
  • Elearning.alz.org is a tool that helps educate those touched with the disease. Visit to learn more about early detection, basic information, legal and financial planning, and living with the disease for those diagnosed and caregivers.

 The summit gave us the chance to celebrate our success during the 2012 walk season. Kindred had 125 teams that raised more than $250,000. Energized by the summit and all the great work being done by the Alzheimer’s Association, we’re gearing up for an even more successful 2013.

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Dr. Randall Bateman, lead investigator for the Dominately Inherited Alzheimer’s Network (DIAN) Trials Unit at Washington University St. LouisKaren Lozado, Internal Communications Specialist with Kindred Healthcare, and Barbara Barbara Baylis, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President, Clinical and Residential Services with Kindred Healthcare, lead Kindred’s national team for A Walk to End Alzheimer’s.Myriam Marquez, a National Early Stage Advisor for the Alzheimer’s Association, lives with Alzheimer’s disease and is a member of Dr. Bateman’s trial.