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Alzheimer’s Screening

March 12th, 2009 by flanews

About half a million Floridians have problems recognizing their friends and families.

Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more common as baby boomers begin to retire. State representative Elaine Schwartz wants to create more awareness for the neurological disease. Schwartz filed legislation requiring the state Department of Elder Affairs to create a public education program to promote early Alzheimer’s screening. Victoria Hughler specializes in elder law issues and said early screening will help Alzheimer’s victims better prepare for the future.

“If we can catch this disease at its earliest point then people will understand that they have a need and they can take charge of their lives, they can do the planning that the need to do such as planning their advanced directives, living wills, their powers of attorney, to avoid the unfortunate process of appointing guardianship later,” said Hughler.

As many as one out of every ten people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s. About half of people over 85 have the disease.

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