Alzheimer's Patients, Caregivers Discuss Affects of Disease

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Alzheimer's disease is this country's only leading cause of death without a prevention or cure.

On Friday, July, 6th, officials with the Regional Alzheimer's Association, along with 1st District Congressman Donald Norcross, held a roundtable discussion with sufferers of the disease as well as those who take care of them.

The conversation took place at the Spring Hills Cherry Hill Assisted Living Community and allowed those dealing with the disease the chance to speak frankly with the Congressman about how Alzheimer's has affected their family.

Norcross says that while the stories are devastating, there is hope.

"Hearing the stories of those who are in the grips of this horrible disease and certainly showing that there is hope with some of the research going on through NIH and CDC ... we're all in this together," said Norcross.

Topics discussed Friday included an increase to the commitment to Alzheimer’s research, plans to build an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure and plans to increase education for health care providers on palliative and hospice care for those suffering from the disease.


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