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The Alzheimer’s Foundation is launching their Educational Tour across the US helping to spread the word about this devastating disease and ways that families and caregivers can get access to help. Learn more from their Director of Communications Chris Schneider about the latest. 

  

  

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter and Director of Development Steve Tam.

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  Memory loss. One in eight people over the age of 65 has Alzheimer's Disease. For those over 85, nearly half are affected by this increasingly common disorder. What kind of toll does this take on those who are diagnosed, and there loved ones? Next time on The Body Show, the first of a two-part series on memory loss and dementia. 

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Do you remember what you ate for dinner last week probably not but what if you couldn't remember what happened today? Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that steals memories from those who have it. Today on The Body Show, Dr. Kathy Kozak talks with an expert about the best way to deal with this type of dementia and how it can affect all of us. 

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A gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease has been found in the brains of developing children.

Researchers from the John A. Burns School of Medicine participated in a test of nearly 1,200 subjects between the ages of 3 and 20.  Scientists say studying these genes in young children may ultimately give us early indications of who may be at risk for dementia in the future.

Linda Chang is the author of the study.  She says the research could develop ways to prevent the disease from occurring or to delay the start of Alzheimer’s. 

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Helping Hand is a new weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon on our statewide broadcast of All Things Considered, local host Dave Lawrence will put the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the handicapped, disabled and other folks in need. This week we’re learning about The Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter with our guest Christine Payne, the Executive Director & CEO.

This organization offers a 24-hour phone counseling program for Alzheimer's caregivers and family members, as well as other services.