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Governor Deal proclaims October LBD Awareness Month

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In an effort to raise awareness about the disease, Governor Nathan Deal signed a proclamation declaring October 2013 as Lewy Body Dementia Month. Retired Thomaston pharmacist Robert Bowles has been the driving force behind promoting awareness on Lewy Body Dementia, a debilitating disease that is a combination of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s Disease, of which he has been diagnosed as having. In addition to raising awareness, Bowles also wants to address the dangers of certain medications, such as antidepressants, can have on people diagnosed with LBD. He is sponsoring a Lewy Body Demetia Awareness event this Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Park Lane (the old East Thomaston School building). There will be activities for children, raffles and educational resources about LBD and medication sensitivities. Dr. Charbel Moussa, head of the Laboratory for Dementia and Parkinsonism Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University School of Medicine, to talk about LBD as well as pharmacist on hand to answer questions. Pictured is Governor Nathan Deal (center) with Robert and Judy Bowles.

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