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Those with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease have probably been paying attention to news reports about the FDA’s recent approval of a promising new drug, Leqembi.

Local neurologist Dr. Curtis Schreiber called the drug a scientific “breakthrough.” The drug has been shown to reduce amyloid beta plaque, which causes Alzheimer’s disease.

Whether or not Medicare will cover Leqembi is the next big question, Schreiber said. He is hopeful.

“We’re really on the verge of hopefully having access to treatments for Alzheimer’s disease that can be disease modifying,” Schreiber said, “to give people hope of holding off against the progression of the disease for a longer period of time.”

These are some of the many topics that will be discussed at the Alzheimer’s Association’s ‘Evening with the Experts’ event Thursday night at the Efactory in downtown Springfield. 

The event is free, but space is very limited. RSVP here

Schreiber is among the guest speakers. The neurologist helped found Mercy’s Dementia Center in 1999, as well as the Missouri Memory Center at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar. He’s been involved with clinical trials to find treatments for Alzheimer’s disease in Bolivar and all around the country. 

The event will also feature Rebecca Edelmayer, Ph.D., senior director of scientific engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association and a panel discussion. The panel will include Dr. Edelmayer, and Dr. Sara Hill, DNP, Cox Health, Ferrell Duncan Neurology Clinic.

Along with discussions about Leqembi, topics of discussion will include other new treatment advancements, developments in detection and diagnosis, trends in patient care, and local care and support services.

“Each day, we have new developments in research that will soon change how we diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s” Sarah Lovegreen, vice president of programs for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter, said in a release. “By bringing this education to Springfield, we can better educate and connect people to resources and new advances as they become available.”

The event will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Efactory, 405 N. Jefferson Ave.

Jackie Rehwald

Jackie Rehwald is a reporter at the Springfield Daily Citizen. She covers housing, homelessness, domestic violence and early childhood, among other public affairs issues. Her office line is 417-837-3659. More by Jackie Rehwald