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Kansas Community Hit Hard by Alzheimer’s Finding Help with Music

Brooke Beier, a student at Linn High School, helps Beverly Milburn with her music selection at Linn Community Nursing Home. Beier and other high school students volunteer with the program, which uses music to soothe people with Alzheimer’s disease. (Photo by Marcy Oehmke, Linn High School)

An estimated five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. That number is projected to nearly triple by 2050, as the population trends older. Currently, there is no cure and no treatments to slow its progress. But there are some therapies that can help those who suffer. One of them involves music... and it's catching on in a north-central Kansas community hit hard by the disease. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has the story.

Learn more about this story by visiting the KHI News Service website.

Bryan Thompson is a reporter for the KHI News Service in Topeka. He's also a contributor to Heartland Health Monitor, a consortium of public media news outlets that report on health and health policy issues in the Midwest.

Kansas Community Hit Hard by Alzheimer’s Finding Help with Music


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