COVID-19 Update

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A message from Stacy Pagos Haller

President and CEO, BrightFocus Foundation

This is a difficult time for all of us, as we worry about the health of our family, our friends, our frontline health workers, and our nation. With this in mind, we want to share some key resources that may be helpful.

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Stacy Pagos Haller, President & CEO of BrightFocus Foundation

Watch Videos of Recent BrightFocus Town Hall Events

"Caregiving During COVID-19"

The town hall was hosted by BrightFocus Foundation as part of its effort to provide helpful information for people with diseases of mind and sight. The lively, upbeat discussion was led by MSNBC news anchor, Richard Lui, who is himself a family caregiver. The experts were Jin Hui Joo, MD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Sandy Markwood Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; and C. Grace Whiting, JD President and Chief Executive Officer at the National Alliance for Caregiving.

They discussed the challenges currently facing caregivers across America and offered helpful advice to guide us through the coming months.

View a transcript of the video


"COVID-19 and Older Adults"

The town hall features guests Scott Kaiser, MD, a noted geriatrician and Chief Innovative Officer with the Motion Picture & Television Fund; Art Taylor, CEO of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance; and moderator Cecilia Arradaza, a leading health and science communicator and Executive Director, Strategy, Wondros.

Topics included long-distance caregiving, telehealth, social isolation, anxiety, and other issues disproportionately affecting aging adults.

View a transcript of the video.


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BrightFocus Alzheimer’s Researcher Offers Insights into COVID-19

Some of the same factors active in COVID-19 are also being studied in BrightFocus-funded research--with surprising results. British scientist Patrick Kehoe, PhD, has made groundbreaking discoveries linking hypertension with Alzheimer’s disease, and thinks this new knowledge may be highly relevant to COVID-19 research and vaccine development.


A person touching a futuristic computer screen to initiate a clinical trial search for coronavirus
BrightFocus is partnering with Antidote Technologies to add COVID-19 clinical trials to the easy-to-use online tool, Antidote MatchTM.

Learn more about opportunities to be a part of developing possible treatments and prevention for the coronavirus.


Working in the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging lab to help with the COVID-19 pandemic
Denver Alzheimer’s Researcher Plays Key Role in Colorado COVID-19 Response

University of Denver Alzheimer’s researcher Lotta Granholm-Bentley, PhD, DDS, is playing a key role in her community’s medical response to the coronavirus, and working with Colorado seniors to help combat the sense of isolation many are feeling during these difficult times.


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Kentucky Alzheimer’s Researchers Step Up to Respond to Pandemic

As the global coronavirus pandemic began to hit our nation, University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s researcher Donna M. Wilcock, PhD and her team wanted to do something to help their community address the shortage of medical supplies hindering the local response.


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Coronavirus & AMD: Your Questions Answered

Download an infographic of some tips provided by Michael Gorin, MD, PhD of UCLA Health that he shared during a BrightFocus Chat. Dr. Gorin is an ophthalmologist who is devoted to research and clinical care of hereditary retinal disorders, especially age-related macular degeneration, retinal dystrophies and other medical retinal conditions.


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Maintaining Emotional Health and Vision During the Pandemic

Download an infographic of some tips provided by Deirdre Johnston, M.B.B.Ch., M.D. of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine that she shared during a recent BrightFocus Chat. Dr. Johnston is Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry. Her research interests include memory disorders, aging in place, and outreach mental health care for homebound elders.


Watch a Video of "Coronavirus and AMD: Your Questions Answered"

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Illustration of a senior couple standing next to each other. Text: New Challenges for Caregivers and Loved Ones
Illustration of a world globe and families. Text: Older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions are at greater risk for COVID-19
Protecting your eyes--as well as your hands and mouth--can slow the spread of the coronavirus
Illustration of someone washing hand s. Text: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
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