In Depth: Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Segment One

Joining Hal is Dr. Suzie Bash, a Neuroradiologist with Radnet to explain how Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed and how it differs from other forms of dementia. She says Alzheimer’s disease is a growing health risk for older populations and is more prevalent among women. 

She discusses the disease process and talks about a recently FDA approved drug, Aduhelm, which interrupts that process. She says there is hope that it can help, but it’s too soon to tell if it will effectively treat dementia.

Segment Two 

Hal is joined by Supervisor Janice Hahn. Hahn explains how she was inspired by the tragic case of a constituent who had Alzheimer’s disease and disappeared. Her family searched for her for years, until her remains were identified. Hahn says that motivated her to start a county program called "L.A. Found."  That program involves the use of electronic monitoring bracelets. If a patient should get lost, those bracelets can be tracked, allowing their safe return. Hahn shows us one of the bracelets and tells us where they can be obtained.

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Segment Three 

Brian McCourt joins Hal to discuss the McCourt Foundation’s involvement with the L.A. Marathon as a fundraiser for neurological diseases. McCourt’s father had Multiple Sclerosis and his father, Alzheimer’s disease. That motivated McCourt and his brothers to start the foundation. The foundation sponsors not only the marathon but also other running events to raise funds to find a cure for those diseases.  He shares with us some of the upcoming events for 2022. 

Segment Four 

Hal promotes his podcast and we end with video demonstrating how the "L.A. Found" program works in the county.

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