Thursday, October 23, 2008

Black church, researchers join up to fend off cognitive decline

By Mary Brophy Marcus, USA TODAY
Hopeful that there will be more effective treatments for Alzheimer's within his lifetime and that of his community, Brown spoke two years ago with Welsh-Bohmer about taking his church's relationship with the Duke researchers to a higher level. They began holding an annual health fair together, where blood pressure screenings, memory tests and other health data are gathered. Brown also decided to ramp up his health-related ministries, assigning leaders to each program. Most are seniors.

Among them, William McCoy, 58, a retired marine and teacher, and James Wyatt, 58, run the agricultural program — the orchard, garden and aquaculture. Gwendolyn Shorter, 70, a retired schoolteacher whose husband had Alzheimer's, heads up the fitness and walking ministry. Brown's oldest son, Vick, leads the music the whole article

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