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Screening for Alzheimer’s

March 6th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Legislation being considered in Tallahassee will encourage elders to be screened for Alzheimer’s. The bill would set up a mechanism for future research funding and to pay for the tests…but because this is a tight budget year, sponsor Rep. Elaine Schwartz of Hollywood says  the initial thrust of the bill is to encourage screening.

“If you’re like me, you know that as those numbers of birthdays keep increasing, you get a little worried that we’ve misplaced our keys or forgot our appointments,” Schwartz said.  “And now, with a five-minute screening, we can feel at ease that things are probably OK.  And if they’re not, we’ll be able to go further and get further medical testing.”

Florida set up an Alzheimer’s research institute at the University of South Florida in 2003.

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