Alzheimer’s Association, AME Church Join to Promote Disease Awareness and Support

Alzheimer’s Association, AME Church Join to Promote Disease Awareness and Support
The Alzheimer’s Association and the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Church) announced a three-year partnership to promote greater involvement in the fight against Alzheimer’s (AD) and to heighten awareness of the support needed by patients and their families. Through the leadership of its International Health Commission, the AME Church and the organization will seek to engage the U.S.-based denomination’s more than 2 million members in initiatives that include advocacy, fundraising, research, volunteer activities, and diversity outreach. The focus will be on communities the AME Church serves. “The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to join with the AME Church to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and to engage its members in the fight against Alzheimer’s,” Rey Martinez, the organization’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, said in a press release. “This important partnership will help extend the Alzheimer’s Association’s reach into communities served by the AME Church, providing more families care and support services, while engaging church members in all our work to end Alzheimer’s.” African-Americans are about twice as likely as whites to have AD or other forms of dementia, and are less likely to be diagnosed  for earlier treatment and essential planning. A 2013 report by the African American  Network Against Alzheimer’s links the disease to health factors including environmental, heart disease, behavioral, and socioeconomic status. Blacks make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but bear about one-third of the nation’s total costs of Alzheimer’s and other dementia, the report also noted. A goal of this partnership is to make AME Church members and their communities aware of important info
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