The 8th Annual African American Wellness Forum took place on April 16th in Berkeley, CA. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, and interact with other caregivers in similar caregiving situations. Caregivers also learned how to respond when Alzheimer’s causes unpredictable behaviors, how to reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and various ways to stay strong during stressful caregiving experiences.
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The Story of Those Living Alone with Dementia and a Free Alzheimer’s Association Resource to Help Them Cope
The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free program to assist people with memory problems who live alone in San Mateo County. The Dementia Capable Services & Supports initiative was made possible with the generous support of San Mateo County and local community partners, and has already shown success in identifying high risk individuals and connecting them with legal aid, social and home safety services.
The Alzheimer’s Association success is due to the commitment and dedication of thousands of volunteers across the United States who share our commitment to ending the Alzheimer’s crisis. Because of volunteers, we’re able to raise awareness and advocate for policies that will help us to ensure that all who face the disease have the quality care and support they need, and to accelerate research toward treatment and prevention of this deadly disease.
Erica Perez-Chavez is a stay-at-home mother of three from San Jose. She was raised by her great grandparents Maria and Manuel. Erica was six months pregnant when she lost her great grandmother to Alzheimer’s in 2004. She knew nothing about the disease other than the fact that it took the only mother she’d ever known.
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My advocacy work is personal. My mother died as a result of Alzheimer’s on October 4, 2009. I was there with her every day and every step of the way. My family had always been very close knit and my mother meant the world to me. I didn’t think that I would be able to live without her. It broke my heart into a million pieces and hurt like hell to watch this cruel disease erase my mother’s memory of those she loved and then kill her.