High Plains Public Radio

Alzheimer's

Andy Marso / Heartland Health Monitor

North central Kansas has been dealing with soaring Alzheimer’s rates. There are well over million Americans with Alzheimer’s. Almost all of them are 65 and over and on Medicare. That number is expected to grow by almost two million in the next 10 years. And Clay County, Kansas, is the most deeply affected in the nation. A staggering 23 percent of Clay County’s Medicare population has Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia. That’s the highest recorded rate among Medicare beneficiaries in the United States — just above Florida’s Miami-Dade County.

Alzheimer’s patients benefit from new music program

Jun 18, 2014
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Communication is heartbreaking for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s.  A new music therapy project in Central and Western Kansas experienced a bit of a breakthrough reported KMUW.

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Our final look at plants that are a part of aromatherapy involves a discussion of several scented herbs and a deciduous shrub that grows successfully in the HPPR broadcast area.  All of these plants provide the aroma of citrus fruits and are being used in treatments for several ailments, especially those involving depression, anxiety or the mental confusion of Alzheimer's disease.  Lemon balm, lemon verbena or lemon scented thyme and basil can be grown in an herb garden.  The white blossoms of mock orange shrubs can provide the scent of oranges and can serve as an accent plant or a privacy screen in landscaping plans.     

A father with Alzheimer’s alone on the farm.  A swindling banker.  The school bully now grown-up as the local drug dealer.  A bleak, fictional town set in eastern Colorado.  The “unhomesteading” of the plains.  These are all elements of Greg Hill’s new novel East of Denver.

Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas

Jul 3, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Skip Mancini and Jan Evans about a project to raise Alzheimer's awareness in southwest Kansas. 

Skip Mancini is the creator and voice of Growing on the High Plains.  She also has been profoundly affected by Alzheimer's.  Both her parents had the disease.