Alzheimer’s Association to hold virtual forum on the disease within the African American community

MARYLAND – The Alzheimer’s Association is working to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia in Maryland and it’s impact on the black community. “We need to get the information out to any community, but specifically the African American community,” said Family Care Coordinator Marlyn Taylor.

Taylor says she hopes going virtual will help expand their reach when it comes to spreading awareness. “We’re really trying to reach that span. No one has to leave their home. They could have someone to watch their loved one while they’re there. So they’re still home safe,” said Taylor.

Taylor also says the diseases affect African Americans twice as much as other demographics, and that education is one of the most essential keys to battling the diseases. “It’s just lack of community awareness that they don’t know how what they do every single day could impact them,” said Taylor.

Program Director and Ilene Rosenthal says that the forum can also help spread awareness about how important it is to make sure people of all types are being included in trials for treatment. “How do you interpret the results if your study population is limited to one category of people?” said Rosenthal.

Rosenthal also says that educating people on how to spot the early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease can ease the burden of battling them. “It’s just so important for a caregiver to learn as much as they can about the disease, to be prepared, know what to expect, and learn about the different interventions,” said Rosenthal.

The forum will take place over the course of November, ending in the first week of December. For more information about how you can get involved, click here.

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