The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter will present the Eighth Annual Pythias A. and Virginia I. Jones African American Community Forum on Memory Loss, Saturday, November 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Coppin State University.
Occurring during “National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month,” the event is named in honor of the parents of State Senator Verna L. Jones-Rodwell, Ernestine Jones Jolivet, Alvin A. Jones, Pythias D. Jones, MD and the late Gilda Jones Garrett who were affected by dementia.
Approximately 300 policy makers, sorority members, business leaders, health professionals and family caregivers are expected to attend the Forum, which will inform the community about memory loss, support caregivers, share the promise of research and advise on ways to get involved to help conquer this disease.
Abhilash Desai, MD, medical director of geriatric services at Sheppard Pratt Hospital and director of the Memory Clinic with the Sheppard Pratt Neuropsychiatry Program, will present The Importance of Early Detection and Alzheimer’s Research.
Ernestine Wright, MD, geriatrician and medical director, Stella Maris/Mercy Ridge, will present Communicating Effectively With Your Doctor. Additionally, individuals impacted by dementia will participate in a panel discussion, and breakout sessions will address behavior changes, caregiver stress and legal planning.
The forum also will feature health screenings, including dental health by Kool Smiles, vision and glaucoma by the Maryland Society for Sight, and nutrition from the Baltimore City Health Department and Coppin State University’s Helene Fuld School of Nursing.
Coppin State also will provide depression screenings and blood pressure screenings, as African-Americans have a higher rate of vascular disease (diseases involving blood vessels, including heart attack and stroke) – one of the suspected risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease.
Overall, more than 25,000 African-American Marylanders have Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Research suggests that the prevalence, incidence and cumulative risk of Alzheimer’s disease appear to be much higher in African-Americans.
In addition to the Alzheimer’s Association, forum sponsors include Allegis Group, Baltimore City Health System, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, Coppin State University’s Helene Fuld School of Nursing, Omega Gold and the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center.
Admission is free and includes continental breakfast and lunch; but registrations are required by Oct. 22.
To register or receive sponsorship information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 410-561-9099 or visit www.alz.org/maryland .
You could also click here to see the agenda and to register for free.
Coppin State University is located at 2500 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md.
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