Bill Gates Lends Support to Finding a Cure for Alzheimer’s

 

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Alzheimer’s Association
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An experienced talent recruiter for companies in the technology sector, Scott Robarge previously worked for SlideRocket and Greylock Partners and, since 2010, has presided over the recruiting firm Another8. Beyond his recruiting endeavors, Scott Robarge is a regular supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s is a cognitive disease that affects more than 5 million Americans and accounted for health care costs of $259 billion in 2017 alone. By 2050, health care costs toward the disease are projected to rise to more than $1 trillion, but the cause to find a cure recently received support from a powerful ally in Bill Gates. The Microsoft cofounder wrote a blog post in November titled “Why I’m Digging Deeper into Alzheimer’s,” in which he notes the importance of finding a cure as people are living longer and, as such, at greater risk to developing the disease.

Most importantly, Gates announced a pair of donations totaling $100 million to support organizations in their efforts to eradicate Alzheimer’s. He is investing $50 million of his personal money in the Dementia Discovery Fund as well as another $50 million in early-phase companies working on “less mainstream” approaches to fighting Alzheimer’s. The billionaire added he is optimistic that a cure can be found, even if it might take more than a decade.

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Alzheimer’s Association Holds Awareness Month Each June

 

Alzheimer’s Association pic

Alzheimer’s Association
Image: alz.org

Since 2010, Scott Robarge has served as the principal recruiter with Another8, a recruiting company that connects high-growth companies with skilled professionals. Alongside his activities as a recruitment specialist, Scott Robarge supports the Alzheimer’s Association.

In its efforts to direct awareness and funds toward Alzheimer’s research, prevention, and care, the Alzheimer’s Association oversees a variety of programs and events throughout the year. Each June, the organization hosts Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which invites people around the globe to raise awareness of the world’s more than 47 million people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Those who want to support Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month can take action by wearing purple and sharing their Alzheimer’s story on social media using the hashtags #MyAlzStory and #EndAlz. The Alzheimer’s Association is also partnering with Lyft and eBay throughout June to raise money for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

Held in conjunction with Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, The Longest Day offers another way for supporters to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Each year on the summer solstice (June 21), individuals and teams worldwide raise funds for Alzheimer’s Association by participating in an activity that they and their families enjoy. More information about The Longest Day and Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month can be found at www.alz.org.

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Recruiting Trends in the Digital Age

A recruiter with over two decades of professional experience, Scott Robarge oversees the recruiting consultancy Another8 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the course of his career, Scott Robarge has used a variety of recruiting approaches and technologies to find top talent for the companies he serves.

Along with many other areas of business, the practice of recruiting has become increasingly reliant on technology. According to recent reporting from JobsOutlook, more than 80 percent of employers in the United States plan to hire more staff in 2016. In order to recruit and retain qualified employees, these companies must use all tools at their disposal, and technology enables them to get closer to job seekers and create a more streamlined application process.

Today, the increasing use of mobile technology is shaping the way people navigate and respond to information. With so many people reliant on their mobile devices, more and more job seekers are looking for work on the go and filling out applications on their smartphones and tablets. Many companies are already reaching out to these potential employees through social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn, but messaging applications such as Snapchat and Whatsapp provide a more immediate way to reach job seekers and will likely play a bigger role in mobile recruiting in the future.

The popularity of visual content is another trend that companies can use to their advantage. Video can be more engaging than the written word, and it presents a way for companies to tell their stories and sell their brands. In a recruiting environment where job seekers are proactive in evaluating potential employers, quality visual content can make a company stand out and help attract more qualified applicants.

Tips for Recruiting on LinkedIn

An entrepreneur specializing in recruiting, Scott Robarge founded Another8 in 2010 to help companies develop a strong network of professionals that can support organizational goals. Scott Robarge leverages different social media avenues, including LinkedIn, to aid in recruitment.

Companies should consider the following tips for using LinkedIn to meet talent acquisition goals:

Keep Profiles Up-to-Date: Hiring managers should always display current employment information on their page. Importantly, the present position should include a detailed description of responsibilities and a link to the company’s website.

Connect with Others: A large network offers increased access to professionals who may be likely candidates for a position. In addition to connecting with colleagues to gain extra visibility to second and third connections, a company and its hiring manager should join professional groups. In doing so, they will find individuals with like interests to consider.

Create a Target Candidate List: A target candidate list includes all potential applicants. A company can then determine top contenders from the group and send connection requests. Once connected, a company can start a conversation, build a relationship, and determine fit.
An entrepreneur specializing in recruiting, Scott Robarge founded Another8 in 2010 to help companies develop a strong network of professionals that can support organizational goals. Scott Robarge leverages different social media avenues, including LinkedIn, to aid in recruitment.

Companies should consider the following tips for using LinkedIn to meet talent acquisition goals:

Keep Profiles Up-to-Date: Hiring managers should always display current employment information on their page. Importantly, the present position should include a detailed description of responsibilities and a link to the company’s website.

Connect with Others: A large network offers increased access to professionals who may be likely candidates for a position. In addition to connecting with colleagues to gain extra visibility to second and third connections, a company and its hiring manager should join professional groups. In doing so, they will find individuals with like interests to consider.

Create a Target Candidate List: A target candidate list includes all potential applicants. A company can then determine top contenders from the group and send connection requests. Once connected, a company can start a conversation, build a relationship, and determine fit.

Edit Project Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day

The founder of Another8, Scott Robarge consults on recruiting for early- to mid-stage technology companies. Scott Robarge also makes time to support the Alzheimer’s Association outside of work.

Every year, the Alzheimer’s Association hosts The Longest Day. The event occurs on the summer solstice and builds awareness of the organization and its research efforts. From sunrise to sunset, participating teams host an activity they enjoy, or one honoring the life an Alzheimer’s survivor or victim, to raise a minimum of $1,600 in donations. Activities are as varied as gardening in remembrance of a grandmother who died from Alzheimer’s, hosting a carnival, or hiking the favorite trail of a diagnosed patient.

Because the event spans 16 hours, the association suggests assigning blocks of time to smaller groups within a team to ensure all-day participation. Teams, at sunset, regroup to celebrate their fundraising success and recognize individuals impacted by the disease. In 2016, The Longest Day takes place on June 20.

The Effect of Lumosity on Seniors

Scott Robarge is the founder of Another8, a recruiting firm that specializes in partnering with fast-paced technology companies. Outside of work, Scott Robarge is a contributor to the Alzheimer’s Association. While a cure for Alzheimer’s disease has yet to be found, in recent years, tools such as Lumosity have been developed to help seniors exercise their brains.

Using computer games, Lumosity helps older individuals improve their attention spans and concentration, particularly those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). In 2012, the University of New South Wales in Australia conducted the first-ever randomized, controlled trial that focused on the effectiveness of web-based brain training. A number of MCI patients were presented with six different Lumosity games that emphasized processing speed and visual memory, among other cognitive functions. While the control group displayed a decline in functions when comparing pre- and post-exam numbers, the Lumosity group improved in terms of measured attention. The study reinforces positive assertions made about the effectiveness of the website and its games by the University of Michigan and Brown University.