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Students work to preserve memories of loved ones

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Every 69 seconds another person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Almost 5.5 million Americans suffer from this illness for which there is no cure.

A new project, involving middle school students is designed to help preserve on audio the memories of these individuals that one day will be lost. Students at the Tuscaloosa Magnet School spent part of their Thanksgiving break talking with relatives and remembering stories of the past.

The program is called "Let me be your Memory". It's a school project held in conjunction with national Alzheimer's disease awareness month.

The Tuscaloosa Magnet School is the first school in the nation to take part in it.

Students interview their relatives, record the conversation and then upload the interviews to The Voice Library archives.

This innovative project started as a joint venture between The Voice Library, and Cognitive Dynamics foundation.

Dr. Daniel Potts, a neurologist and president of the foundation, says Alzheimer's is not a hopeless disease.

Potts father suffered from Alzheimer's.

"These folks have a life story, and it's very important for them to both be able to remember their life story and be able to express it," says Potts. "The person is still there. The person may be losing their memory, they may not know what they had for breakfast this morning, but that does not mean the innate human being is not still present."
  

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