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Alzheimer News 5/14/2008
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Senate Special Committee Hearing on Alzheimer’s

Sandra Day O’Connor and Newt Gingrich testify

The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing to examine the tremendous burden Alzheimer’s poses not only to the estimated 5.2 million Americans with the disease and their 10 million caregivers, but also to the healthcare system, business and the larger society. The hearing was held in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association Public Policy Forum for Alzheimer advocates.

Watch the hearing on the Web
The hearing Webcast replay is on the Senate Special Committee on Aging Web site: Hearing link >>   (Requires RealPlayer)             

Chaired by Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) and Ranking Member, Senator Gordon Smith (R-Oregon), the hearing included testimony from:

  • Sandra Day O’Connor
    Alzheimer Study Group Member and Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Newt Gingrich
    Alzheimer Study Group Co-Chair and Former House Speaker
  • Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D.
    Massachusetts General Hospital,
    Harvard Medical School, Genetics and Aging Research Unit
  • Chuck Jackson
    Person with Alzheimer’s Disease
    Albany, Oregon
  • Suzanne Carbone
    Alzheimer Caregiver
    Rockville, Maryland
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Related news about the hearing:

Sandra Day O'Connor urges help for Alzheimer's disease
- ABC News

A personal struggle with Alzheimer's 
- Good Morning America

O'Connor makes personal plea for Alzheimer's aid  
- USA Today

The fight against Alzheimer's
- Good Morning America 

Man with Alzheimer's fights "family disease"- 5th-generation patient copes with early onset
- Washington Post

Dementia hits young, too, Albany man will tell Senate
- The Oregonian  


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