Locals tapped for Alzheimer's advisory committee

Dr. Stuart Shapiro of Bala Cynwyd and George Gunn of Lansdale were appointed to serve on an advisory panel to recommend state action on Alzheimer's disease.

The Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease State Planning Committee will have until February 2014 to recommend a statewide approach to preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease and related brain disorders, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes memory loss and cognitive and behavioral changes. It worsens over time, to the point where many patients can no longer recognize their loved ones.  There is no cure for Alzheimer's, but some treatments may temporarily slow down the disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

The panel will be led by Secretary of Aging Brian Duke. Representatives of the Senate's Aging and Youth Committee and Public Health and Welfare Committee, and the House's Aging and Older Adult Services Committee and Health Committee will also participate.

Shapiro and Gunn will be joined by 15 other people who have been affected by Alzheimer's personally or through their medical or public service work.

  • John Trojanowski, Philadelphia
  • Heidi Owen, West Chester
  • Dianne Allaire, Erie
  • Glenda Cardilla, Harrisburg
  • Michael Ellenbogen, Jamison
  • Jill Fortinksky Schwartz, Pittston
  • Susan Heinle, York
  • Beth Herold, Butler
  • Cynthia Lambert, Macungie
  • David Leader, Hershey
  • Bob Marino, Lafayette Hill
  • Cheryl Martin, Palmyra
  • Kelly O’Shea, Coopersburg
  • Robin Mozley, Jeannette
  • Charles Reynolds, Pittsburgh