Denver’s NBC affiliate, 9News/KUSA, produced a three-part series about Alzheimer’s disease research called “New Hope for Alzheimer’s,” which includes interviews with researchers from the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center and footage from the Potter Lab.
The series was aired on the late evening newscasts on Feb. 28 - Mar. 2, 2017. An advance “teaser” story featured Mrs. Marcy Benson, wife of University of Colorado President Bruce Benson, who is a strong advocate for the research programs at the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
Progress in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s
New Hope for Alzheimer’s Part 1 – “In It to Win It”
Former CU Buffs football coach Bill McCartney was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. Although his memory is changing, his ability to stay focused has not diminished, according to his doctor, Dr. Jonathan Woodcock of the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Coach McCartney says he is “in it to win it.”
New Hope for Alzheimer’s Part 2 – “Cautiously Optimistic”
Dr. Huntington Potter, Director of the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center, says initial results from the safety trial of the drug Leukine® have not shown negative side effects that some other drugs have had. More tests are underway, and Dr. Potter says he is “cautiously optimistic” about the future of Alzheimer’s disease research.
New Hope for Alzheimer’s Part 3 – “Lifestyle News You Can Use”
Dr. Jonathan Woodcock, Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, suggests that even though there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are important things you can do throughout your life for brain health, namely common sense practices that include exercise, eating right, getting good sleep, and staying socially engaged.
New Hope for Alzheimer’s Follow Up – “Living One Day at a Time”
Rene Gill’s mother and both of her grandmothers had Alzheimer’s disease. She now is living her life with the disease one day at a time. Her husband Dwayne has learned how to live in the moment and when to let things go. He says the tough part is remembering that Rene can’t remember.