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May 19, 2011

SIU Med School Sponsors Alzheimer’s Disease Educational Forum

Healthy brain aging is the topic of a public educational forum to be presented in June by the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  It will be held 6 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in the James T. Dove, M.D. Conference Center, 619 East Mason St., Springfield. 

Ron Zec, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at SIU, will offer recommendations for decreasing an individual’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.  He will discuss the role of heredity, diet, exercise, and social and intellectual activities in protecting against dementia, as well as other medical conditions that may be linked to the disease.  He and other SIU clinicians will answer questions from the audience.

The forum is free to the public.  Parking is available in the Mason Street parking ramp across the street.

This forum also will be broadcast live via the SIU telehealth network to the Alzheimer’s Center’s Memory and Aging Network sites in Carbondale, Greenville and Belleville.  The center’s network, which was started in 1987, now is comprised of 36 community-based providers located throughout the 93-county service area. 

SIU’s Alzheimer’s Center is one of three centers in Illinois as designated by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

For more information, contact SIU’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at 217-545-7181 weekdays or mschaver@siumed.edu.

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