LIVELINES: ALZHEIMER'S

More than five million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease... and a new report finds African-Americans are about two times more likely to develop the disease than Whites.

Hispanics face about one and a half times the risk.

Amy French from the local Alzheimer's Association joined us with a closer look at why minorities are at higher risk, and the toll it's taking on families.

Amy said this nationwide trend is also being seen here in the Tennessee Valley. Part of the reason behind this trend is the health connection between diabetes and high blood pressure that is more common in minorities.

Amy says she is very optimistic about the promise of treating this disease over the next 5-10 years with the current research that is underway.

 

LUNCH & LEARN SERIES

ALZHEIMER'S W/AMY FRENCH OF

THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

APRIL 20TH @ 12 NOON

ALEXIAN BROTHERS SENIOR NEIGHBORS CENTER

423.755.6100

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

423.265.3600