Raising Awareness About Alzheimer's Disease In Chicago

210,000 Illinois Residents Currently Suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease
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Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, Associate Professor of Neurological Sciences and Principal Investigator for the A4 Study at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center

(Chicago, IL, Monday, July 13, 2015) – Does Alzheimer’s disease run in your family? Are you worried about memory loss? More than five million Americans – including 210,000 Illinois residents – currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and scientists expect this number to nearly triple by 2050. Rush and Northwestern Universities are part of a national study conducting research aimed at preventing memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, Associate Professor of Neurological Sciences and Principal Investigator for the A4 Study at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, explains what Chicagoans between the ages of 65 and 85 can do to get involved in the A4 Study. 

SOUNDBITE #1:

WITH THE A4 STUDY, WE ARE AIMING TO SLOW THE PROGRESSION OF MEMORY LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE BEFORE IT EVEN BEGINS. IT’S SIMILAR TO HOW WE THINK ABOUT REDUCING CHOLESTEROL TO PREVENT A HEART ATTACK. IF WE CAN FIND A TREATMENT THAT HELPS THE BODY REDUCE AMYLOID—A PROTEIN IN THE BRAIN THAT MAY LEAD TO MEMORY LOSS—THEN MAYBE WE CAN PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S.

SOUNDBITE #2:

WITH THE A4 STUDY, WE ARE AIMING TO SLOW THE PROGRESSION OF MEMORY LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE BEFORE IT EVEN BEGINS. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM ALL OF CHICAGO'S ETHNICALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITIES LEARN MORE AND GET INVOLVED WITH THE A4 STUDY SO WE CAN FIND A TREATMENT THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE.

 

If you are between the ages of 65 and 85 and interested in helping to find answers for people at risk for Alzheimer’s, please visit www.a4study.org or call 844-A4STUDY.

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