Alzheimer's Disease and the Caregiver in the African American Community Symposium Presented By Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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Happy Founder's Day to the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated .
Alzheimer's Disease is a major health disparity in our African-American community that is not only affecting the individual but their loved ones as well. The ladies of Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC. presented a marvelous symposium about this illness and assistance to caregivers on November 7, 2015. On a personal note, I have a family member living with Alzheimer's Disease and I've witnessed how exhausting at times it can be for them and their caregiver. So I made it a point even through the tsunami like rain storm to be present for this informative event! The symposium had a variety of vendors offering information such as care plans, assisted living options, musical therapy, medical assistance, or caregiver tips.
Fun Fact: Music is considered a great therapy stimulation source for people living with Alzheimer's Disease. - Triangle Music Therapy, Inc.
It was such a welcoming feeling attending and the morning began with a guest keynote speaker followed by other esteemed speakers in the fields of medicine, entertainment, and education discussing the perils of Alzheimer's Disease. It was truly an inspiring and I left feeling more confident about my role as a family member of someone with the disease. Personally, I think its important that community organizations have public events like this to educate their surrounding communities about health conscious issues. Fact is we all are in some way connected to a cause whether we choose to support publicly or remain private about the health concern. I commend all organizations especially those of the Divine Nine (Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta Fraternities or Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sororities) for bringing forth issues like this affecting our communities.
So if you know or have someone in your family with Alzheimer's Disease the best thing you can do is educate yourself ! My personal family connection to HIV/AIDS led me into a professional career in writing, public speaking, and now I'm in my 2nd semester of my Master's in Public Health program just from volunteering which turned into an internship with the AIDS Alliance of Carolinas, Inc. by simply educating myself about the cause.
For more information, Alzheimer's of NC website is http://www.alznc.org/ .
Until next time ladies and gentleman this is The Lux Blog. - K. Knight