One of our favorite parts of bringing Well-Being to our readers is having the chance to tout the many ways Mississippians are contributing to the advancement of health and healthcare research. Too often we just hear the negative statistics about our state and our health status but that is far from the whole story. One of Mississippi’s standouts that we are very pleased to call attention to is The MIND Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. MIND is an acronym for Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia. The outstanding MIND Center team is leading the way in research to help crack the code of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, they are internationally recognized for their work and are directing a national collaborative study of Alzheimer’s risk factors.
In addition to the research side of things, The MIND Center Clinic provides diagnosis and outpatient treatment for patients with memory loss and cognitive impairment. The comprehensive clinical team is made up of geriatricians, neurologists, nurse practitioners and social workers, all with experience and expertise in caring for patients and families battling Alzheimer’s and dementia.
It’s estimated that 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. Anyone who has suffered or is suffering the agonizing experience of watching a loved one simply fade away before their eyes as Alzheimer’s takes its toll, knows why the work of the MIND Center team is so very important.
This October Mississippians have the chance to lend a helping hand toward the fight to stop Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks. On October 25th, the original “Material Girl,” Cyndi Lauper will hit the stage at Jackson’s Thalia Mara Hall for the 2018 MIND Center Benefit Concert.
Tickets for Lauper’s upcoming performance are now on sale at Ardenland.net. For more information about The MIND Center visit www.themindcenter.umc.edu.