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Celebrities Accelerate Dialogue on Alzheimer's Disease

August 25, 2011

This week's news featured reports of high profile individuals discussing how Alzheimer's disease has affected their own lives and those of people close to them.  Media coverage helps more people learn about the disease and take action to address it.

We applaud Coach Pat Summitt's bravery in announcing her diagnosis of early-onset dementia Alzheimer's-type, which is the most common type of this form of dementia.  In a video message, the University of Tennesee women's basketball coach shared her health concerns and her commitment to continue to be open and honest, while serving the university and the athletic community.  Summitt visited the Mayo Clinic, whose doctors handed down her diagnosis.

Musician Glen Campbell, who announced in June that he has Alzheimer's, did an interview on ABC News on August 23.  Showing “true grit,” he is singing and speaking out, embarking on a farewell tour that is helping his fans come to terms with his illness. 

Summitt's and Campbell's willingness to share their news with people around the world helps expand the dialogue about this debilitating disease.  More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, in all its forms. 

As part of our mission, BrightFocus provides research grants to advance cutting-edge ideas aimed at stopping Alzheimer's disease.  BrightFocus has funded more than $2 million in research at the Mayo Clinic including new grants for studies led by Eugenia Trushina and Michael Anthony DeTure.  We also provide public information to support patients, families, and caregivers. 

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