The Golden Years

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5:58 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

The Golden Years: Aging in Our Region (Part Four)

Karen Daniels and Jeff Toth both work for UNCW's psychology department, studying the effects of mental stimulation and aerobic exercise on cognitive function.

Right now, 1 in 8 Americans aged 65 and older has Alzheimer’s, and the disease affects nearly half of all people who are 85 and up.

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5:46 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

The Golden Years: Aging in Our Region (Part Three)

Ann Deveny holds a photo of her husband Dan, an impromptu shot in a German poppy field. Dan now suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's.

The facts are staggering: 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease today; by 2050, that number could triple to up to 16 million; the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America and will cost the nation $200 billion this year.

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5:06 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

The Golden Years: Aging in Our Region (Part Two)

Annette Murphy embraces her mother Julia Devane while celebrating Devane's 100th birthday at the Elderhaus PACE facility in Wilmington.

Three times a week, Dr. Mark Williams visits half a dozen geriatric patients at The Davis Community, a nursing home and rehabilitation center in Porters Neck.

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5:13 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

The Golden Years: Aging in Our Region (Part One)

The memory care unit at Stonebridge has two roundabouts to help guide wandering Alzheimer's patients back to walking areas. Wandering is a dangerous phase of this terminal disease.

Right now, 1.2 million seniors age 65 and up live in North Carolina. That number could trump 2 million by 2030.

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