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Alzheimers awareness

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

December 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Rotarians hear about proactive measures they can take that may help stave off Alzheimers. Dr. Ben Hampstead, an associate professor at Emory University, said some studies reveal that keeping the brain active may help prevent or at least delay the disease.

Vince Falcione is worried he'll one day be personally affected by Alzheimers. He's lost two grandfathers to the disease and his mother and brother are both in the final stages, so he's interested in studies that may lead to a cure, or at least more understanding of the disease.

"It's a nasty disease," he said.  "It puts a family through a lot and personally, I'm concerned about, do I have to look forward to getting it?"

Hampstead said, "If we look forward, as more individuals reach and develop alzheimers disease, the cost of care are going to mushroom and I don't know if our infrastructure is ready for that." Dr. Hampstead works with Emory University's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

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