MUSC to Make Alzheimer's Presentation at AAMC

5/20/2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. The 6th leading cause of death in the United States, AD is the most common form of dementia and results in the loss of brain cells. As time passes, the brain begins to shrink causing memory loss that disrupts life, difficulties solving problems, confusion with time or location, poor judgment, mood changes and new difficulties with language (www.alz.org).

Dr. Jacobo Mintzer, executive director of the Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute at Roper St. Francis and a professor of health studies at the Medical University of South Carolina, will lead a presentation aiming to inform the community about AD and highlight how modern day technology is allowing rural residents to receive the care they need without leaving the comfort of their primary care physician’s office.

Dr. Mintzer’s personal research focus has been the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. During the presentation, Dr. Mintzer will discuss:
• Background information on Alzheimer’s disease
• The benefits of early detection
• New telemedicine techniques used in the fight against AD

Join members of the community including Glen Scott, MD of Abbeville Neurology and Mr. Sam Wiley, vice president of programs for the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association Chapter, as we come together to learn more about this devastating disease and provide information on what resources are available to you and your family.

The event is free and open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. The awareness presentation will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in the Administrative Wing -Education Room of the Abbeville Area Medical Center at 6pm. Address: 420 Thompson Circle, Abbeville, South Carolina 29620.
Space is limited, please arrive early.

Respite care will be provided courtesy of the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association Chapter for any caregiver who would like to attend the event.
For more information, please contact Sharmaine Roaden, MUSC program coordinator, 843.724.2302 ext. 6334, edwarsn@musc.edu or Shane Ellis, RSF media relations manager, 843.720.8456, shane.ellis@rsfh.com.

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