InFocus: Prematurity Awareness and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness

Millions of families across the country are affected by health issues from premature births and Alzheimer's disease.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - November is Prematurity Awareness Month and National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.  These health issues affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society: new born babi

es and the elderly.

This week on 22News InFocus, the topics are premature births and Alzheimer's disease. We'll learn about the progress that modern medicine is making in prevention and care, and the support systems available for patients and caretakers.

Christina Gebel, Maternal and Child Health Director for the Massachusetts March of Dimes, and Dr. Jeffrey Shenberger, Chief of Newborn Medicine at Baystate Children's Hospital will address issues surrounding premature births.

To discuss Alzheimer's Disease will be Marcia McKenzie, Director of Diversity Initiatives for the Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and Shawn Hurley, C-one unit coordinator at JGSLifecare.

If you want to learn more about the most recent medical breakthroughs in Alzheimer's Disease and Premature Baby care, be sure to watch 22News InFocus this Sunday.  You can see the program LIVE on the air or streaming on your mobile device using the new 22News app. And if you miss it, you'll find it on our website at WWLP-dot-com.

Information on the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality at the March of Dimes.

Find out about heath care services for children at Baystate Children's Hospital.

Learn more about Alzheimer's Disease and programs in Massachusetts at the Alzheimer's Association.

Find out about long term care for Alzheimer's and other memory loss patients at JGSLifecare. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

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