TEEING OFF TO SUPPORT ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH AND PATIENT CARE

Guests:  Steve Ramig, Sr. Dir. of Development, UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s; Will Clifton, UW Research Participant, Caregiver, Advisory Board, IEA

“Birdies for Health” – that is the charity arm of this year’s American Family Insurance Championship Golf Tournament, June 21-23, at University Ridge. In partnership with UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, five diseases and medical issues that devastate families and communities will benefit from contributions pledged for every birdie made. UW’s Initiative to End Alzheimer’s is one of the recipients.

On this program, Steve Ramig describes the global research that is taking place at UW-Madison in their search for ways to prevent, treat and find a cure for Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Will Clifton shares his story of what it is like to be a UW research participant in the WRAP study (Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention), the longest and largest longitudinal study of children of parents who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Their hope is that Alzheimer’s can be identified before symptoms appear, and biological, health and lifestyle factors that increase or decrease the risk of AD can be identified early. Will Clifton retired early to become a full-time caregiver for his parents who were both diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information, go to birdiesforhealth.org.