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June 1, 2012

Program to teach about Alzheimer's research

PARKER COUNTY — More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

By the age of 85, about 50 percent will have some type of dementia, and while the disease is primarily noticed as an individual gets older, it’s important to provide awareness and education to the general public.

To promote awareness of how to deal with it, Clark Gardens will be hosting Progress in Alzheimer’s Research, an informative session with speaker Dr. Meharvan “Sonny” Singh to speak on the progress of Alzheimer’s research.

The event takes place Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., with free admission and refreshments.

Singh is a dementia researcher and also teaches at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

“He’s a great speaker, very engaging, and he’ll be talking about the direction that research is taking right now,” Shelly Young, program manager for the North Central Texas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, said.

The Alzheimer’s Association helps put together facts and figures each year for persons living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“Dementia is a global term that we use to describe a group of symptoms related to cognitive loss,” Young said.

Young lost her mother to Alzheimer’s last year, after battling the disease for more than 10 years.

“One of the first things you notice is memory loss,” she said. “It’s not really a matter of remembering where you put your car keys, but what to do with your car keys.”

Alzheimer’s is currently the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and the only cause of death in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.

The Alzheimer’s Association also serves as a key resource to the community, by providing a 24-hour helpline for people with questions, art and education programs and support groups.

“Raising awareness is a huge part of what we do,” Young said.

The organization also holds events, such as the one at Clark Gardens, as well as their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held in various locations, including Weatherford, each year.

This year’s walk will take place Sept. 29 at Weatherford College.

The event is one of the largest fundraisers for the organization, generating awareness and funds for care, support and research.

To RSVP for Tuesday’s event, contact Carol Clark Montgomery at carol@clarkgardens.com or call 940-682-4856. To find out more about the Alzheimer’s Association’s local chapter, visit www.alz.org/northcentraltexas.

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