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The Rio Grande Valley is at the epicenter of an Alzheimer’s spike among Latinos and is now the focus of new research efforts

Compared to other large states, fewer state dollars go to Alzheimer’s disease services in Texas. Now with more national attention on research here, could that change?

By Daisy Yuhas, Public Health Watch
Photographs of her father, Tomas, decorate the home of Jessica Cantú. Cantú’s father received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2016.
Neuroepidemiologist Gladys Maestre on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. Maestre’s research explores many factors linked to dementia that affect Latino families in the Rio Grande Valley.

A view of the Valley

Noted researcher moves to Texas

Limited resources for caregivers

Nurse practitioner Jessica Cantú poses for a portrait on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. Cantú lost her father to Alzheimer’s disease in 2021. She now works as a nurse practitioner at El Faro Health & Therapeutics, a clinical research center for Alzheimer’s disease in Rio Grande City.

Untangling the risk for dementia 

A wind turbine stands near the border of Starr and Hidalgo counties on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. Fields of wind turbines and crops are common features in the largely rural Valley.

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