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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 12:15

Wild Turtles are Not Pet Material

 

(STILLWATER, Oklahoma) — From mid-July through September, thousands of people visit Oklahoma’s lakes, rivers and other waterways to cool off and enjoy their summer. And many of them encounter Oklahoma’s wildlife, as animals also utilize the water and adjacent wilderness.

 

At this time of year, baby turtles are hatching out of eggs buried months earlier. Most egg nests were found and destroyed by raccoons, skunks and other predators. The lucky, undisturbed nests can see 30 to 40 turtles dig themselves out of the soil. They must remain hidden, however, and try to make it to the water and its aquatic vegetation quickly.

 

Once the baby turtles are above ground, their predators expand to include egrets, herons and even water snakes and bullfrogs. The turtles will grow on a diet of aquatic invertebrates, plants and algae. After many years, they will be large enough where their list of predators decreases, but they will remain leery and quick to hide in the water should you get too close to them. Only a few survive until maturation to breed and create the next generation of turtles.

 

If you see one of these hatchling turtles, you may very well be enamored by their large eyes, bright colors and patterns, and toddler-like demeanor. Some people may give into their impulse to keep such a beautiful creature as a pet. What they fail to realize is that their care requirements in captivity can be astonishing. A turtle’s needs can be easily met in the wild — lots of food, water, sunlight and space to meet their individual, social and ecological needs. Bringing them into your home means you are responsible for providing all of this.

Turtles need lots of food, foraging nearly every day. With all this food comes lots of waste. This is where most pet turtle owners run into problems.

 

Aquatic turtles are infamous for odorous, difficult to clean enclosures. This is because the necessary space and volume of water are nearly always underestimated. Massive, three-stage filtration is essential to keep the water clean between changes. Turtles also need sunlight for proper growth and shell development.

 

Many hatchling turtles that grow up in captivity end up with malformed, unhealthy shells and skeletons. Special full-spectrum UVB bulbs must be provided for all indoor turtles. Lastly, turtles are nervous, ingrained to avoid predators at all cost. While some can become accustomed to humans, all need adequate space to explore, hide, swim and climb out of the water to dry off and bask. All of this occurs naturally in a healthy wetland. It does not occur in an aquarium or small decorative pond that is set apart from the rest of the ecosystem.

Herpetoculture, the keeping of reptiles and amphibians as pets, is a hobby that has advanced since its growth in popularity in the late 20th century. Captive care requirements for many species of turtles are well known, and they can become happy healthy family pets. Investing in proper caging and lighting and ensuring access to proper nutrition and veterinary care are serious undertakings.

 

A breeder or supplier of a captive-bred turtle will be your best bet for a pet. A captive-bred pet gives you more species to choose from (as opposed to finding a local wild turtle), and you may be directed towards a species that best suits your needs in terms of size, diet and behavior. That little hatchling you found at the beach is likely to grow into a very large turtle. Some captive species remain smaller. Some turtles are fish eaters, some eat mostly plants, and others prefer hard-to-get items like mussels. Different turtle species also have different personalities, with some being more seclusive and others more outgoing. Captive-bred animals are a renewable resource, do not strain wild populations, are more likely to be healthy and are less likely to have parasites. The breeder is often a good resource on how to care for them.

 

If you see an injured wild turtle, call the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital at 405-744-7000, ext. 1.

 

The hospital’s Avian, Exotic and Zoological Medicine Service rehabilitates injured wildlife and treats exotic pets.

 

If you have a pet turtle and have questions, call to schedule an examination to assess both your pet’s health and its captive care.

 

STORY BY: Ian Kanda RVT, VTS (exotic companion animal), who works in the Avian, Exotic & Zoological Medicine Service at Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

 

 

Veterinary Viewpoints is provided by the faculty of the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital. Certified by the American Animal Hospital Association, the hospital is open to the public providing routine and specialized care for all species and 24-hour emergency care, 365 days a year.

 

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 100 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 275,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

 

Sunday, 11 August 2019 23:14

EOMC Welcomes new Physician to Staff

 

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is proud to announce that Hal H. Robbins, D.O., F.A.C.O.S. with Oklahoma State University Medicine will be opening a clinic here in Poteau and performing surgeries on Tuesdays.

 

Dr. Robbins Clinic will be located on the 2nd floor of the hospital above the cafeteria.

 

For scheduling, please call 918-635-3590.

 

This is just another way that EOMC strives to provide great care to our community members.


EOMC is very excited about the addition of Dr. Robbins to the surgery staff and to the EOMC family.

 

Dr. Robbins was born and raised in Sallisaw.


He attended Medical School at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine; he completed his surgery training at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa.


Dr. Robbins is a Board-Certified General Surgeon. He is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery and General Surgery Residency Program Director at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.


Dr. Robbins lives in Tulsa with his wife Ashley and their 4 children.

Press release

 


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has launched an online appointment application for the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

 

The online application allows potential clients to notify the organization of their interest in receiving services so an agency representative can follow up with them to schedule an appointment.


WIC is a nutrition program for pregnant and postpartum mothers, infants and children younger than the age of 5. Over 50% of all infants born in Oklahoma are enrolled for WIC services. The program offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods and improved access to health care and social services to women and children with low to moderate income.


WIC Director Terry Bryce said the online application is a tool to make the enrollment process more convenient. Applicants will be asked to submit their contact information and answer a few questions which will help determine their eligibility.


“We hope this tool will help mothers reduce the time they have to spend in the clinic,” said Bryce. “We will still schedule an appointment to provide services, but this will help speed the application process and coordinate the scheduling of appointments. As a government service, we look for any opportunity to use technology that improves the customer experience.”


Over time, studies indicate the obesity rate for children participating in the Oklahoma WIC program has decreased, and the intakes of iron, vitamin C and B6 have increased. The program currently serves over 15,800 pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women; more than 17,300 infants and 32,000 children up to the age of 5.


The online appointment application is available here. After completing the form, a representative of the nearest WIC site will contact the applicant. For assistance or to get help in person, those interested can call or walk-in to any WIC office. To find the nearest WIC office, call 1-888-655-2942.

Thursday, 08 August 2019 13:26

EOMC offering Childbirth class

 

 

EOMC offering Childbirth class


Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau is offering a Childbirth class on August 19, 2019 from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the library at EOMC.


There is no charge for this class, and you will get to meet the wonderful OB staff and take a tour of the Childbirth Center.

 

Have questions or need to register? call them 918-635-3150.

 

 

 

By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman

 

As we prepare for the end of summer vacation for many Oklahomans, both students and educators alike, I am reminded of my own days and summers growing up in Rush Springs. Our end of summer was always signified by the annual Watermelon Festival, which welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to our small town on the second Saturday of August each year (and still does to this day). After the festival, we finished our back-to-school shopping and got ready for another school year.

 

Of course, back-to-school shopping can be a significant burden for many Oklahomans with big families and modest budgets, and that is especially true of families that make the wonderful decision to foster children. That’s why I am pleased that the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is partnering with First Lady Sarah Stitt and others to host two “Back to School Bash” events, where foster families can have access to free backpacks and school supplies while their children enjoy a night of movies, games and fun. The events will be held on Aug. 13 at the Governor’s Mansion and August 16 at Guthrie Green in Tulsa. Spaces are limited; if you are a foster parent attending with a child, please be sure to RSVP at HTTP://BIT.LY/STITTSCHOOLBASH.

 

OICA, thanks to generous grants and support from WalMart, Express Employment International, Simmons Bank and King Marlin Swim Club, was able to purchase more than 700 backpacks for the youth who will attend. School supplies have been donated by other organizations so families and kids can take home the essentials they need for school.

 

 

Additionally, OICA is partnering with other programs in rural parts of Oklahoma to enhance their backpack programs that aid foster youth. If you are interested in supporting, volunteering or donating to this or one of our other programs, please contact our office at oica.org or at (405) 236-5437.

 

Numbers provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services just last month show a clear need for these kinds of services. Of the 8,008 children in foster care, 4,287 are classified as school age (5 – 17), with 3,616 of these youth living in either an out-of-home placement, a kinship (family member) home, a foster care home with family like settings, or in congregate care (with 24-hour supervision in highly structured settings such as a group home, institution, residential treatment facility or maternity home). We are thankful that the OICA can provide some support for these young Oklahomans, working in collaboration with some great partner organizations.

 

Going forward, we hope to expand our ability to support existing back-to-school backpack programs and to empower more DHS workers to deliver these backpacks to families directly. There are several other fantastic programs working toward this goal, such as It’s a Child’s Life. This is an Ada organization which holds an annual walk to purchase luggage for DHS workers to use for kids, along with a 5K run to help raise funds to find forever homes for orphans. To learn more about their Orphan Love Mud Run on September 21, or to support their mission, go to https://www.itsachildslife.org/ for details.

 

I hope to see all our supporters at the 75th Annual Rush Springs Watermelon Festival this Saturday, and please bring a young relative or neighbor with you to this great family-friendly event! I promise, this is a fun way to celebrate the end of summer and the remaining days before school starts!

 

Press release

 


An important contributor to improving the health of Oklahomans is providing opportunities to make healthier choices where people live, work, learn, play and pray. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is currently accepting applications for the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program through Nov. 1.


The Certified Healthy Oklahoma program provides:


• An assessment to help organizations gauge where they are on supporting health.
• Abundant resources to help organizations create healthier environments.
• An annual certification award spotlighting organizations actively promoting health and wellness through practices and policies.
“Health is a vital element to the success of our state and people,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “I look forward to seeing the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program continue to help and encourage Oklahomans to come together as a community in order to move the needle and improve health outcomes in our great state.”
The Certified Healthy Oklahoma program offers certifications in seven different categories:
• Certified Healthy Business - Any employer providing their employees with opportunities to make healthier choices.
• Certified Healthy School – Schools modeling and teaching students and staff how to be healthy.
• Certified Healthy Campus - Colleges and career technology centers providing a healthy environment for faculty and students.
• Certified Healthy Community - Communities offering citizens a healthy place to live, work, learn, play and pray.
• Certified Healthy Congregation - Faith-based organizations providing health and wellness opportunities to their members and/or attendees and staff.
• Certified Healthy Early Childhood Program - Early childhood programs providing a healthy environment for children and their families, as well as their staff.
• Certified Healthy Restaurant - Restaurants providing healthy food options to their customers and healthier environments for their staff.


Three levels of certification are available to qualified applicants: Basic, Merit and Excellence. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 1. All applicants will be notified of awarded certification level in December and formally acknowledged at an awards ceremony in March of 2020.


“We are pleased with the growth and success of the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program,” said Interim Health Commissioner Tom Bates. “Last year, more than 2,200 applicants received certification. We encourage this year’s potential applicants to consider how they are making the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees, customers, students, and residents, and submit an application for Certified Healthy Oklahoma certification.”


The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are a joint effort of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, State Chamber of Oklahoma, The Oklahoma Academy, Oklahoma Turning Point Council and numerous other partners who are helping to shape a healthier future for Oklahoma.


To learn more about the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program and to complete a certification application, visit the Certified Healthy Oklahoma website at www.certifiedhealthyok.com

 

 


Bi-partisan, Bi-Cameral Working Group Will Meet This Summer

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat announced the formation of a bi-partisan healthcare working group today to develop an Oklahoma solution for increasing access to healthcare and providing insurance coverage for more citizens.

 

The Healthcare Working Group will be similar to the medical marijuana working group that met for 13 weeks last summer to develop a way to implement the provisions of State Question 788 into law. Speaker McCall believes the working group model is the best way to bring stakeholders and interested citizens together to craft a solution that works for all Oklahomans.

 

“The State Question 788 working group was successful because it brought everyone together and let everyone have a voice,” said McCall, R-Atoka. “We also had the advantage of knowing what worked well in other states and what had not, which helped us craft a final product in a way that tried to meet the unique needs of not only the supporters but also those who had concerns with the state question. Healthcare is a very complex issue, and there is no cookie-cutter approach that is going to drive down costs, improve care and increase access. It is going to take a comprehensive, multifaceted approach that considers not just what is wrong with the system but also what is working, and also what has worked and not worked in other states. That means we need to bring everyone together – patients, providers, policy experts, insurance carriers, facilities and state agencies – and find a way forward. That discussion must include everything, not just Medicaid expansion, and it will need to continue until we have a solution that works for our citizens unique needs.”

 

“Health care is an important topic nationally and locally,” said President Pro Tempore Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “We can and must do better as a state to improve our health care outcomes. Like we did previously with the House and Senate committee on medical marijuana, I’m confident this group will take a serious look at the issue and give useful recommendations for the Legislature to consider as we work to improve Oklahomans’ access to quality, affordable health care.”

 

Speaker McCall and President Pro Tempore Treat said Gov. Kevin Stitt’s appointees will be valuable additions to the working group.

 

“I appreciate the strong relationship between the Legislature and the executive branch to achieve a healthcare plan that strengthens the delivery of state services and improves health outcomes in our state,” said Gov. Stitt. “This partnership in the Capitol is vital to ensure we are taking into consideration all 4 million Oklahomans as we work to deliver a Top Ten state.”

 

The appointed members of the working group are as follows:

State Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan, co-chair
State Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, co-chair
State Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford
State Rep. Marilyn Stark, R-Bethany
State Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay
State Rep. Mark Lawson, R-Sapulpa
State Rep. Carl Newton, R-Cherokee
State Rep. T.J. Marti, R-Broken Arrow
State Rep. Trish Ranson, D-Stillwater
State Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Del City
State Sen. Kim David, R-Porter
State Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud
State Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa
State Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore
State Sen. Bill Coleman, R-Ponca City
State Sen. John Haste, R-Broken Arrow
State Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City
State Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City
Carter Kimble, Oklahoma Deputy Secretary of Health
Samantha Davidson, Policy Director, Office of the Governor

The Healthcare Working Group will likely begin meeting on a weekly basis in August.

Press release


Dr. Edd Rhoades, Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Chief Medical Officer has announced his retirement after 41 years of service at the agency.

 

Rhoades will leave OSDH on January 1, 2020. He has been the chief medical officer since October of 2018.

 


Rhoades began his career at OSDH in 1978 as the director of the pediatric division of the Maternal and Child Health Service and has served in a variety of positions thorough the years, including deputy commissioner for Family Health Services, and State Health Officer.
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Rhoades also holds a Masters of Public Health in Health Administration from the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and has received numerous awards for his work in maternal and child health and environmental protection, most recently being named as the 2018 Ray E. Helfer, MD, Award Winner by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.

 


“Dr. Rhoades has served the state and this agency with integrity in a number of key positions over the years and everyone in the state should appreciate the service he has provided to children and families during his tenure,” said Interim OSDH Commissioner Tom Bates. “His willingness to serve as Chief Medical Officer during a time of transition at the agency has helped establish a blueprint on what the position can provide to advance our mission.”

 


“I have been privileged to be part of a number of public health initiatives to improve the health of Oklahomans such as newborn screening, child abuse prevention and immunizations,” Rhoades said. “The most rewarding part of my work has been being part of a team of public health professionals, partner agencies and organizations that come together to plan, develop and implement programs and initiatives to improve the health of Oklahoma’s children, families and the citizens.”

 


The Chief Medical Officer advises agency leadership on medical and public health issues and provides medical oversight and consultation to agency service areas and county health departments to advance the core mission of OSDH. The process to find a successor to Rhoades will begin immediately with a nationwide search. The agency will seek medical and public health experts from outside of OSDH to assist in the search.

 

 



Press release from the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter



International Conference Also Included Expert Discussion on Role of Infectious Agents in Alzheimer’s Disease, and Advances Towards a Blood Test

 

LOS ANGELES, JULY 19, 2019 – Research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019 in Los Angeles this week suggests adopting multiple healthy lifestyle habits provides high levels of benefit for brain health, and may offset genetic and environmental risks of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

 

These reports were some of the most promising and hopeful among a record number of scientific studies presented at the conference that use diverse approaches to uncover the causes, progression, risk factors, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

 

Other new data presented at the conference included:
• Advances in emerging blood biomarkers that may support early detection, improved diagnosis and enhanced clinical trial recruitment for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and other neurodegenerative diseases.
• Sex-specific differences in the biology of Alzheimer’s that may explain why the disease impacts men and women so differently.
• New clinical data and study designs from clinical trials evaluating novel Alzheimer’s treatment approaches.


As the world's leading forum for discussion of emerging topics in Alzheimer’s and dementia research, AAIC 2019 hosted a panel discussion of five expert speakers with differing views on the role of bacterial or viral infection in Alzheimer’s disease.

“While the field continues to work toward developing treatments for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, it’s also important to identify lifestyle changes that people can make to improve the symptoms or progression of these diseases and new targets for treatment,” said Maria C. Carrillo, PhD, Alzheimer’s Association chief science officer.

 

“The clinical trial data presented at AAIC this year reflects the diversity of approaches being used to develop treatments for Alzheimer’s. It’s critical that the field pursue new avenues of research to provide better treatments for the millions of people living with these diseases,” Carrillo added.

 

AAIC is the premier annual forum for presentation and discussion of the latest Alzheimer's and dementia research. Bringing the world closer to breakthroughs in dementia science, AAIC 2019 convened approximately 6,000 leading experts and researchers from around the world and featured more than 3,400 scientific presentations.

 

Lifestyle Interventions Can Offset Elevated Alzheimer’s Risk

New research reported at AAIC 2019 suggests that adopting multiple healthy lifestyle choices, including healthy diet, not smoking, regular exercise and cognitive stimulation, may decrease the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. One study reported that participants who adopted four or five low-risk lifestyle factors had about 60% lower risk of Alzheimer’s dementia compared with participants who did not follow any or only one of the low-risk factors.

 

Two studies showed that actionable lifestyle changes could potentially counteract elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease. In one report, researchers showed that participants with a high genetic risk for Alzheimer’s following a “favorable” lifestyle had a 32% lower risk of all-cause dementia compared with an “unfavorable” lifestyle. Another report confirmed that living in locations with high air pollution increased the risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. However, it also found that older women with higher cognitive reserve – based on cognitive function scores, years of education, job status and physical activity – only showed a 21% increased environmental risk compared with a 113% increased risk for those with lower cognitive reserve.

Blood Markers Could Improve Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

 

Data at AAIC 2019 also described advances in blood-based methods for evaluating markers of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, such as abnormal versions of amyloid protein, which is important in Alzheimer’s, as well as alpha synuclein (dementia with Lewy Bodies) and neurofilament light (general brain cell damage).

 

There is a great need for reliable, inexpensive, easy to administer, non-invasive and easily available diagnostic tools for Alzheimer’s. Families facing Alzheimer's now and in the future would benefit greatly from such tools that could accelerate diagnosis earlier in the disease process, and allow for improved and accelerated delivery of care and planning. These new testing technologies, which are currently under development by industry and academic researchers, could also potentially be used to track the impact of therapies in clinical trials.

 

Alzheimer’s Risk, Progression and Resilience Differs by Sex

Research at AAIC 2019 also identified several differences in the biology, progression and risk of Alzheimer’s disease between men and women. Four studies reported on sex-specific differences that could inform unique risk profiles and help the field better understand why the majority of people living with Alzheimer’s are women.

 

Two studies found 11 novel sex-specific risk genes for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as differences in the structural and functional connections in the brains of women that might contribute to accelerated spread of abnormal tau protein, which tracks closely with cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Another study suggests that women have higher levels of brain energy usage than men, potentially explaining better verbal memory and enabling them to better compensate for early Alzheimer’s-related brain changes.

A fourth study found that women who participated in the paid labor force between early adulthood and middle age showed slower rates of memory decline in late-life compared with those who did not engage in waged employment.

 

New Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Test Novel Treatment Approaches

At AAIC 2019, researchers reported 18-month results from the open-label extension of the SNIFF trial, a Phase 2/3 trial evaluating the use of intranasal insulin for people with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that, for a group of just over 40 participants whose used the original drug delivery device, those treated with insulin had significantly better cognitive and functional test scores compared with those who received placebo. However, this was not observed in a group that used a different intranasal delivery device. While encouraging, follow up studies are needed.

 

Another study reported on the initiation of the GAIN trial, a large Phase 2/3 study in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. The study is the first large, international trial to evaluate a therapeutic approach based on emerging data that suggest the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis, commonly associated with gum disease, can infect the brain and lead to Alzheimer’s disease. The GAIN trial has begun enrolling 570 patients in the United States and Europe.

 

AAIC 2019 also reported on the Alzheimer’s Association’s U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER), a two-year randomized controlled trial to evaluate whether lifestyle interventions that simultaneously target many risk factors can protect cognitive function in older adults who are at increased risk for cognitive decline. U.S. POINTER, now active at four sites in the U.S. with a fifth launching soon, plans to enroll 2,000 participants aged 60-79 years.

 

Expert Panel Discusses Role of Infectious Agents in Alzheimer’s Disease

AAIC 2019 hosted a panel titled “Emerging Concepts in Basic Science Series: Is There a Causative Role for Infectious Organisms in Alzheimer’s Disease?” in which several experts in the field shared differing views on the role of infectious agents in Alzheimer’s.
• Two scientists explained and defended the hypothesis that herpes virus as a causative factor for the disease, perhaps involving brain inflammation or a reduced immune system.


• One researcher suggested that immune response to bacterial infection in the brain may start a cascade that leads to well-known brain changes, including the formation of amyloid plaques, considered hallmark brain lesions of Alzheimer’s. He suggested that amyloid beta protein protects the brain against infection by entrapping invading microbes within amyloid deposits.


• Two scientists questioned key aspects of the microbial hypothesis of Alzheimer’s, even expressing concern that it “may distract the field from more impactful research.”

 

About AAIC
The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) is the world’s largest gathering of researchers from around the world focused on Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s research program, AAIC serves as a catalyst for generating new knowledge about dementia and fostering a vital, collegial research community.

 

 

About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

 

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