Alzheimer's Disease

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Michigan State University officially opened its $88 million Grand Rapids Research with a ribbon cutting.

“One, two, three…”

Lead by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, a giant green ribbon was cut opening the Medical School’s six-story, nearly 163,000-square-foot Grand Rapids Research Center.

“Imagine people who are thinking about things that we can’t yet imagine. Ideas that may work, they may not. But they’re all about trying to improve the quality of life.”

Abby Meadows from The Alzheimer's Association Greater Michigan Chapter joins us. We talk about an upcoming Reason to Hope event and the Grand Rapids Walk to end Alzheimers.

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A Michigan center to enhance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer's disease is getting $9 million in federal funding.

The University of Michigan says Monday the money over the next five years is from the National Institutes of Health.

The effort brings together researchers, clinicians and others from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

Those involved say the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Core Center will support a wide range of studies on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Authorities say 67-year-old northern Michigan man stole more than $100,000 from an elderly woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease while he was serving as a lawyer. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced charges against Michael Aho Kennedy of Petoskey. Kennedy was disbarred this year by the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. He was arraigned Monday in Emmet County District Court. The Associated Press sent a message seeking comment Tuesday from his lawyer. Investigators believe the embezzlement began in 2006 and a trust was drained.

Over the next five years, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine will receive a near $5.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. It’s focus is on what are the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease? Michigan State University researchers are focusing on Latino and Hispanic populations, both with a higher rate of the disease than other groups, looking for clues in individuals in their 50’s and 60’s. Hector M. González is the principal investigator behind the Study of Latinos – Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging. 

What are the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease? Michigan State University researchers are focusing on Latino and Hispanic populations, both with a higher rate of the disease than other groups, looking for clues in individuals in their 50’s and 60’s. The hope is to discover a way to prevent or slow the onset of the disease.

“I’m really optimistic and hopeful that we will find clues and cues for mitigating, preventing Alzheimer’s disease. I think we have a good chance and I want to do it.”