Rutgers, Community Groups and Churches Team Up To Promote Alzheimer’s Awareness, Educate Caregivers

Rutgers, Community Groups and Churches Team Up To Promote Alzheimer’s Awareness, Educate Caregivers

Dec. 8-9 Is African-American Brain Health Weekend at Rutgers-Newark



Recognizing that African Americans
are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as the general population, Rutgers
University in Newark is collaborating with community and church groups to host
a free public conference Dec. 8-9, to promote brain health and education
about Alzheimer’s. The program will include presentations on ways to improve
memory and to age well, how to care for elders with dementia, support services
for families and legal issues for caregivers. 
On Dec. 8 attendees also will learn how to cook “brain and heart-healthy”
foods and then dine on what they make.  (SEE
AGENDA).
All programs are free but seating is limited and
advance registration is required. To register for one or more of these events visit
www.brainhealth.rutgers.edu; for
additional information, contact 973/353-1630. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Nov. 30,
2012

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“Minority
and economically disadvantaged seniors are at greater risk for Alzheimer’s
disease, due to environmental, lifestyle and behavioral factors,” explains Dr.
Mark Gluck, a neuroscientist at Rutgers in Newark and a director of the
Rutgers-Newark African-American
Alzheimer's Awareness and Brain Health Initiative. “Our objective is to
reduce the incidence, social cost, and personal, familial, and community
devastation caused by the high rate of Alzheimer’s disease among African
Americans -- double that of the general population -- and low rate of
treatment, some 40% less than non-minorities.”

The December event is part of the Rutgers-Newark
African-American Alzheimer's Awareness
and Brain Health Initiative, a partnership of the Rutgers-Newark Office of
University-Community Partnerships and the Rutgers Center for Molecular &
Behavioral Neuroscience.  According to
Dr. Diane Hill, assistant chancellor of university-community partnerships at
Rutgers-Newark, “This weekend-long program, developed in close cooperation with
our local Community Advisory Board, illustrates how the academic and scientific
strengths of our university can be leveraged to directly serve the needs of the
residents of Newark.”

Community partners for the brain
health weekend are Bethany Baptist Church, St. James A.M.E., The New Hope
Baptist Church, East Orange Office of Senior Services, City of Newark Municipal
Council, Babyland Family Services, Inc.  The
program is supported by Forest Laboratories and the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association of NJ.

The Brain Health Initiative uses
programs such as the Brain Health weekend to increase knowledge among elderly African Americans in the
Newark area about risk factors for Alzheimer’s, special factors affecting
African Americans, and treatment options. The initiative also is working to promote
and support brain healthy lifestyles including better diet and exercise habits
among African Americans in Newark, while 
providing educational and support services to the primary caregivers for
a spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s Disease. 
Finally, it is striving to educate African Americans about the value of participating
in biomedical research and clinical studies.

Media who would like
to speak with Dr. Gluck in advance of the conference should contact Carla
Capizzi, 973/353-5263.

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN BRAINHEALTH WEEKEND, Dec. 8 - 9, 2012

Rutgers University-Newark,
Paul Robeson Campus Center,  350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard,
Newark, NJ

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

African Americans and
the Crisis of Alzheimer's Disease:
How to Keep Your
Memory Strong and Age Well

Time: 9-11:30 a.m. Room 255-7

Registration: Free but limited to first 250 people

·        
“University-Community
Brain Health Partnerships,” Diane Hill, PhD, Rutgers-Newark, Office of
University-Community Partnerships

·        
"Importance
of African Americans Participating in Research," Rutgers-Newark, Honors College
Undergraduates

·        
"Pathways
to Successful Aging in African Americans," 
H. Shellae Versey, PhD, Rutgers-Newark, Neuroscience

·        
"How
to Improve your Memory With a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle,” Mark A. Gluck, PhD,
Rutgers-Newark, Neuroscience

 

Brain and Heart-Healthy
Soul Food Cooking for the Holidays:
Demonstration Class
& Lunch

Sponsored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association

Time: noon-2 p.m. University Club

Registration: Free but limited to first 60 people

 

Sunday, Dec. 9

Caring for a Parent
or Spouse with Alzheimer's Disease:
A Lunch To Honor and
Inform Caregivers

Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. University Club

Registration: Free but limited to first 60 people

 

·        
"Understanding
Alzheimer's and Disease Progression," Mark A. Gluck, PhD, Rutgers-Newark,
Neuroscience

 ·        
"Caregiving
to Elders with Cognitive Impairments," Deanna Gray-Miceli, PhD, GNP,
Rutgers-Newark, School of Nursing

 ·        
"NJ
Alzheimer's Support Services for Patients and Families," Michelle Carter,
MPH, Alzheimer's Association, Greater NJ

 ·        
"Legal
Issues in for Dealing with a Family Member with Dementia," Marilyn Askin,
J.D., Rutgers School of Law-Newark

 

Media Contact: Carla Capizzi
973 353 5262
E-mail: capizzi@rutgers.edu