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Media Advisory

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Oct. 28, 2004 -- No. 528

Workshop to focus on diversity’s
role in Alzheimer’s interventions

2-7:30 p.m. today (Oct. 28); 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 29)
Chapel Hill Sheraton Hotel
1 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill

Media representatives are invited to cover "Assessment, Diagnosis and Interventions in Culturally Diverse Older Populations with Alzheimer’s Disease: Research Directions," a workshop hosted by the Center for Aging and Diversity, which is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute on Aging.

The workshop is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and convened by the association’s Oversight Committee for Diversity, Social and Behavioral Research. The workshop will cover topics on cultural diversity and Alzheimer’s disease.

The national Alzheimer’s Association reports that approximately 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Statistics estimate that 14 million Americans will have the disease by the middle of this century (2050) unless a cure or prevention is found, and a person with Alzheimer’s disease will live an average of eight years, and as many as 20 years or more, from the onset of symptoms. Little is known, however, about this disease in diverse populations.

The workshop also is part of the institute’s Ethnicity, Culture, Race and Aging Seminar Series.

Participants are mostly physicians, nurses, and other health-care workers who will examine the implications of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease across different cultures. Experts in the field will give presentations on related topics, as diverse as neuropsychological testing, genetics and the culture of treatment.

More information is available at www.aging.unc.edu.

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Note: Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, a professor in the UNC School of Public Health’s department of health policy and administration and director of UNC’s Center for Aging and Diversity, is available for comment. She may be reached at (919) 966-8138, (919) 843-2494 or pdilworth@mail.schsr.unc.edu and will be on site.

UNC News Services contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu