NORFOLK -- An international leader in Alzheimer's disease research will speak May 6 meeting of the Alzheimer's Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter.

About 5.4 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's disease, including 130,000 aged 65 and older in Virginia.

Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and the only cause of death among the top 10 causes in America, without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.

Dr. Steven DeKosky is Dean of the University of Virginia's School of Medicine and previous was chair of the department of neurology and director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. There, he isolated the Pittsburgh B compound, a plaque-like substance secreted in the brain that allows the clearest scans possible of potential damage from Alzheimer's. He was also the director of a national multi-center trial assessing the effectiveness of Gingko Biloba in delaying the onset of dementia in healthy adults.Dr. DeKosky has served on the National Alzheimer's Association's Board of Directors and chaired the Association's Medical & Scientific Committee.

The chapter is celebrating 30 years of service with their Sweet Memories Champagne and Chocolate Brunch on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Atlantic Shores, 1200 Atlantic Shores Drive. 13News anchor Joe Flanagan is the emcee.

Sweet Memories is a unique and elegant event honoring Alzheimer's caregivers and those battling Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

Tickets are $65 per person. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900 or check out the group's website.

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