Lawmakers voted unanimously this legislative session to pass an act that creates the Alzheimer's and Dementia Advisory Council, which will be charged with overseeing an Alzheimer's and Dementia Disease Plan. David Cook with the Arkansas chapter of the Alzheimer's Association says the state has to address the growing number of people and families dealing with the disease.

Alzheimer's Arkansas will host a free workshop Friday for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and dementia-related conditions. It takes place at Concordia of Bella Vista from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and we continue a series of conversations about aging and health with a discussion of brain health.

A new seminar is designed to help children who have family members affected by dementia. The free program is April 6 at the UAMS Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education in Springdale. Participants can register here.

In 2014, about five million Americans were diagnosed with dementia, but that number is projected to nearly triple by 2060. Research is being done to learn more about dementia-related diseases, but many studies don't have enough participants. We speak with Michael Splaine, managing partner for Recruitment Partners LLC, about connecting with the public and getting more people involved in Alzheimer's and dementia studies.

We speak with an Alzheimer's advocate from Bentonville and from the national Alzheimer's Association, about a new report that suggests millions of dollars go toward caring for those with the degenerative disease, which is expected to drastically increase in prevalence during the next decade.

MUSIC: "Knee Deep in the North Sea" Portico Quartet