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Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Day

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Lifelong Learning Department,
Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Day

I have to admit, before I started working on this program I did not know much about Alzheimer’s disease.  I basically knew that it was a disease that affected the brain and that older people tended to get this illness.  Though these facts are true, there is so much more that I have learned. 

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing fast.  An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease and it is the most common form of dementia.  Here are some facts and figures about this neurological disease:

· More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s

· Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease

· It kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined

· About 5 percent develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s before age 65

The Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s disease Research at UCLA is a leader in the field of Alzheimer’s research and other dementias.  Their mission is to improve the quality of life for patients and caregivers, support research to better understand Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions and to develop new medications and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions.  They focus on the overwhelming need for earlier (pre-dementia) diagnosis and new therapeutic agents that slow the course of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Come and join us at Central Library on Saturday, January 28th from 11 AM – 2 PM in Meeting Room A and hear doctors and speakers from the Mary S. Easton Center at UCLA, USC and Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles discuss the latest in Alzheimer’s Disease research, brain health, caregiver support and clinical trials.  Plus, drop by our Mini Resource Fair in Meeting Room B to learn more and get your questions answered!