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Symposium takes aim at equity in Alzheimer’s awareness

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter will host its 10th annual Dr. Lemuel & Gloria Rogers Health Symposium virtually from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. The free event will raise awareness of dementia concerns among the Black community and educate participants about resources available in the Finger Lakes region for both individuals living with the disease and their families and care partners.

“Alzheimer’s disease impacts so many in our community,” Chapter Executive Teresa Galbier, M.P.H. said. “That is why we are relentless in our commitment to offering programs like our annual health symposium to raise awareness and offer education about the disease and get one day closer to a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.”

Specifically, the symposium will address racial disparities in care, support and treatment, examine barriers to participation in dementia research, discuss tactics to lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease through healthy living, and confront the challenges of caregiving during the pandemic.

Alzheimer’s Association Vice President of Scientific Engagement Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., M.P.H., will give the event’s keynote presentation. Prior to joining the association’s Chicago-based national office, Hill served as director of the Office of Special Populations at the National Institutes on Aging, the primary federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s research. In his 15 years with the NIA, Hill facilitated studies focused on health disparities and supported initiatives to enhance research targeting underrepresented groups.

Stanita Jackson, Ph.D., a community educator volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association, will deliver “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body.” Jackson earned her doctorate in public health with primary research focus on Alzheimer’s in African Americans, minority health disparities, and nutritional health and wellness.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual symposium honors Dr. Rogers and his wife Gloria, a well respected couple and community leaders who ultimately lost their battles with the disease. Committed to health education, Dr. Rogers spent more than 30 years in practice as an OB/GYN at local hospitals and Mrs. Rogers was a teacher and counselor with the Rochester City School District. The symposium was named after the couple in 2015 to honor their contributions to the Rochester community.

To register for the event, click here or call 800-272-3900.

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