Another reason to visit Las Vegas

     Remember: Statistics from Alzheimer’s Association indicate that nearly 7 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s. That population continues to grow hourly. If you have a family member with memory loss, you are not alone. Be informed. Seek experts. A place to start has opened in Las Vegas, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. www.keepmemoryalive.org.
      The Center is a new desert jewel and it gives people a surprising Vegas destination. Its long name signifies an important partnership between a locla businessman and an illunstrious medical institution. The physical structure is startling, at first. Yet, it is the architectural innovation of the renowned Frank Gehry that draws many to the building. The twisted swirl of steel beckons the curious and also shelters a multi-purpose area that is available for outside use. The main entrance is located to the back and features welcoming simplicity. Here you enter the quiet courtyard, check-in for a doctor appointment, or browse the library.
      CCLRCBH is full service with many educational and support programs underway. It began as the vision of Las Vegas businessman Lou Ruvo, whose father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and officially opened doors in May. Those suffering from dementia, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s or ALS find care, advice and resource information here.
     Blue-polo-shirt wearing volunteers are everywhere.  (I’m one.) The volunteers are among those wishing to help Cleveland Clinic and Lour Ruvo make a difference. Many of the volunteers have first hand experience caring for family members who have suffered from a dreadful brain disease. We encourage anyone interested to visit and learn more about treatment and research to eradicate the devastion of these memory altering diseases.