DALLAS, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Alzheimer's researchers say they are closer than ever to innovations that will advance the diagnosis and treatment of the best-known and most devastating form of dementia. A new Dallas lecture series will address these topics and others to increase awareness and assist North Texas families affected by the disease.
"We are making remarkable progress every day," says Dr. Roger Rosenberg, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, "but I'm afraid the disease is progressing more quickly than we are."
Alzheimer's is currently the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., afflicting 5.3 million Americans. That number is expected to increase by more than 50% during the next 20 years, according to a report from the Alzheimer's Study Group.
To raise awareness and assist Dallas-area families affected by dementia, the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter will host "MindShare," a free lecture series in October and November. Dr. Rosenberg will launch the series on Tuesday, October 26th at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. His topic will be "The Latest in Alzheimer's Research."
Subsequent lectures will take place every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. through November 30th at various locations. Leaders of the Dallas Chapter hope to increase community understanding of the disease and of the resources available for caregivers. More details are available at http://www.alz.org/greaterdallas/.
"We have so many world-class resources to assist our client families in the Dallas area," says John Gilchrist, President of the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. "We just need more people to know where to start."
The Alzheimer's Association provides free dementia education, support, professional training and counseling for families in the North Texas area.
Dr. Roger Rosenberg is Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at UT Southwestern and last year was awarded the first Medal for Scientific Achievement by the World Federation of Neurology.
The Alzheimer's Association is dedicated to providing support and assistance to persons affected by Alzheimer's disease and to their families and other caregivers through the Chapter's core services.
The Dallas Chapter currently provides service for a thirty-four county area including Dallas and Collin Counties.
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