Collaborative Efforts to Address Alzheimer’s Disease

This was the title of the opening session at the Annual Public Conference of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium (AAC) held in Peoria last Friday, June 3. It reflects the bringing together of medical, research, political, elder law and social resources to address the public health issue of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. It was my first exposure to the Consortium and I was impressed with the caliber of presenters and their dedication not only to the treatment of this disease, but the support and recognition of caregivers. The AAC (www.azalz.org) is the nation’s leading model of statewide collaboration in Alzheimer’s disease research. Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent than ever before simply because we are living longer. So we all have a stake in research to discover new treatments, making sure that treatments are available to those who can benefit from them, and helping people with the disease maintain dignity and helping caregivers cope day to day.

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