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A new Association has been launched in order to assist patients and families suffering from the effects of a serious disease.

The St. Lucia Alzheimer’s Association was launched on Thursday morning. Alzheimer's is a type of disorder that causes problems such as memory loss and thinking and behavior issues. The majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. Currently there is no cure for the disease.

However, experts say that recognizing and addressing Alzheimer’s symptoms at its early stage may help to slow down the disease.

The Launch took place at the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association headquarters.

Alzheimer consultant and Nurse Regina Posvar says the organization was developed after she noticed there was a need to create a group where people affected by the disease could receive support, education and assistance.

Posvar says there is a significant number of persons who have been diagnosed will Alzheimer’s disease in St.Lucia. However, She says there are still many people who are not diagnosed.

In acknowledgement of World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21st, the organization will be hosting a Memory Café Fundraiser for survivors on that day.
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