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 program.......read the whole article