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Okla. Senate Panel Studies Alzheimer's Impact

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Senate committee is exploring the impact of Alzheimer's Disease in Oklahoma as part of an interim study being conducted while the Legislature is out of session.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee met Wednesday to review an annual report from an Alzheimer's Disease task force.

Committee Chairman Sen. Brian Crain says one reason for his study on Alzheimer's Disease is to make sure committee members are aware of issues Oklahomans face getting care for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, the number of Oklahomans with Alzheimer's Disease has increased from 62,000 in 2000 to 74,000 in 2010. It also estimates the amount of uncompensated care provided to sufferers in Oklahoma at $3 billion.

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