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Health care officials talk Alzheimer's in Tupelo

The 19th annual conference on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia is underway at the Bancorpsouth Conference Center in Tupelo.

Posted: Aug 23, 2018 9:12 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The 19th annual conference on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia is underway at the Bancorpsouth Conference Center in Tupelo.

Organizers say it’s the first time the event has been held in Tupelo.

The program’s focus is to promote brain health, aging gracefully and living successfully.

Nurses, practitioners, social workers and other health-related professionals were in attendance.

Organizers say the goal is to find ways to prevent brain diseases from happening.

“First of all, we’re leading some very comprehensive studies at the Mind Center in Jackson looking into the risk factors and causes for other dementia," said Denise Lafferty the Chief Operating Officer of the Mind Center in Jackson. "And so, with that, the goal of our research is to find more ways to prevent these diseases from occurring in the first place,” she concluded.

Lafferty says more than 50,000 Mississippians are battling Alzheimer's and dementia right now.

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