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.
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.
The Forum is intended to inform the community about memory loss, to support caregivers, to share the promise of research, and to advise on how to get involved to help conquer this disease.
In addition to health screenings and exhibits, the Forum will feature a panel discussion of individuals impacted by dementia, as well as presentations about caregiver issues and community resources for people with dementia.
What’s more, there will be an interactive presentation by Ages on Stages – an intergenerational acting ensemble of senior citizens who are members of the Commission on Aging and Retirement Education (CARE) senior centers and students from the Baltimore School for the Arts. They will perform improvisational scenes that families face with Alzheimer’s disease, and the audience can participate by giving their views and opinions.
The Alzheimer’s Association anticipates 300 participants representing a broad spectrum of the community including policy makers, sororities, business leaders, health professionals and family caregivers. In addition to the Alzheimer’s Association, presenting sponsors include Bank of America, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, Coppin State University’s Helene Fuld School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center.
Admission is free and includes lunch, but registrations are required by Nov. 1. To register or receive sponsorship information, call the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer’s research and support, is the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s. For more than 30 years, the donor-supported, not-for-profit organization has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research, and influenced public policy changes.