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BCBSOK grant helps ease Alzheimer's diagnosis fears

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, two-thirds of them women. It is estimated that 60,000 Oklahomans are living with Alzheimer's disease. For those affected by the disease, the diagnosis process can be a frightening time.

BCBSOK awarded a $75,000 grant to the Alzheimer's Association-Oklahoma Chapter to help launch a statewide physician outreach program to educate doctors about tools and resources available for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers. With BCBSOK's support, the Alzheimer's Association was able to make monthly visits to more than 185 Oklahoma physicians in 2013.

A partnership with the Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association allows an even larger percentage of Oklahoma physicians to be consulted.

"The physician outreach program allows the Alzheimer's Association to assist those affected by the disease at the initial point of diagnosis," said Ted Haynes, BCBSOK President. "This program is crucial to ease the difficult time that many patients with Alzheimer's and caregivers face. We are proud to be part of this essential effort."

The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.