Deb Gordon’s guests were Lou Ellen Barkin, President of the New York City chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Dr. Robin Meltzer, Co-Chair of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Rita Hayworth Gala. The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing research for the causes, treatments, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Ms. Barkin discussed the mission of the New York City Chapter to create and promote comprehensive care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease; to provide education, advocacy and support for their families and caregivers; and to fund research to help eradicate the disease. Ms. Barkin provided data about the disease itself, which is currently the 6th leading cause of death, with increasing numbers of people getting the disease annually. Also discussed were the many programs and services the Association provides, including a 24 hour helpline, support groups, and their Safe Return Program. Spotlighted the New York Walk to End Alzheimer’s which will be held in Riverside Park on October 21, 2012.
Dr. Meltzer spotlighted the Alzheimer’s Association’s Rita Hayworth Gala, which was founded by Princess Yasmin Kahn, after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This event is the primary fundraising effort in New York to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. Dr. Meltzer discussed details about the Gala and the importance of the event for everyone involved, many of whom have
experienced Alzheimer’s first hand. Dr. Meltzer also discussed how she got involved after her own mother was diagnosed, and provided perspective about the disease from a family member’s viewpoint, giving data about both the ravages of the disease and its effects on the family members and caregivers.
For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and the Rita Hayworth Gala or to sign up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit www.alz.org.
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