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    Washington University Professor Discusses New Alzheimer's Research at Garden Place of Columbia

    With National Alzheimer’s Month coming up, health care professionals at Garden Place Senior Living hosted an Alzheimer’s Symposium to help educate people about the disease that affects nearly half of all Americans 85 and older. Dr. David Carr led the symposium and addressed recent findings in Alzheimer’s research, the future of Alzheimer’s research and what people can do now. The purpose of the symposium was to provide support and information for families who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s, as many families in Illinois are affected by the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s association, approximately 110,000 people in Missouri are suffering from Alzheimer’s.

    “We were extremely lucky to have Dr. Carr lead the symposium,” said Lacey Bochantin, executive director of Garden Place of Columbia. “His expertise about the clinical information and research is unbelievable. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and it was incredibly hard to watch her disease progress. Prior to the disease, we were extremely close; she called me her best friend. It was difficult for me to visit her, because seeing that she did not recognize me was devastating. At times, she thought I was my mother. I came to the realization that she may not know exactly who I am, but she knows I am someone she loves and someone who loves her, which gave me comfort. I hope the symposium gave others the support they need to cope with this terrible disease. We also have several residents battling Alzheimer’s, so we hope this was helpful to their families as well.”

    David Carr, MD is an associate professor of medicine and neurology at Washington University, and is the clinical director for the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science. His areas of specialty include geriatric medicine and Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association says that Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. The organization predicts that by 2050, as many as 16 million people in the United States will be suffering from Alzheimer’s.

    "Alzheimer's disease is the only one of the top leading causes of death that we have not seen a decline in mortality,” said Dr. Carr, MD Washington University. “Research has been able to advance the fields in heart disease, stroke and cancer enough that the mortality rates have all seen a drastic decline over the years. We need to continue our research and education concerning Alzheimer's disease so that we can see the same results for those suffering with this tragic illness."

    Garden Place Senior Living communities have hosted other educational events on health topics including pain management, veterans’ benefits, and therapy options. They will have another education event Medicare & Medicare supplements later this month. Garden Place wants to be a resource to the community and to those taking care of their loved ones.
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