Alzheimer's Cases On The Rise In Hispanic Community

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL ( — occasionally publishes press releases verbatim from certain charitable organizations. The following is from the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter.

In response to the growing number of Alzheimer’s disease cases among Hispanics, Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter is planning a series of seminars, starting with a Hispanic Caregiver Conference given entirely in Spanish on March 22nd, 2012 at North Broward Medical Center. The latest statistics show that Hispanics are about one and one-half times more likely than whites to have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and are less likely to say that a doctor has told them they have a “memory-related disease”.

“We need to educate ourselves regarding Alzheimer’s disease, because that is the key to providing the best care for our loved ones as well as for their caregivers. There are many caregivers whose primary language is Spanish, and we need them to be just as educated as their English speaking counterparts. This disease has no language barriers and neither should we,” said Martha Ramirez, Program Services Coordinator for Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter.

The conference on Thursday at the North Broward Medical Center, 201 E Sample Road,Deerfield Beach, FL 33964 runs from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.< /s pan> with continental breakfast and lunch served courtesy of Vitas Innovative Hospice. The program’s speakers include neurologist Walter C. Martinez, M.D., F.A.A.N. from Premiere Research Institute who will discuss advances in science related to Alzheimer’s, Nora Cruz from North Broward Medical Center who will discuss diets and health, Humberto Fortuna from 55 Plus magazine who will talk about the importance of socialization of both person with Alzheimer’s and caregiver, and representatives from Florida Atlantic University who will discuss the danger of diabetes for persons with Alzheimer’s.

For more information please contact Martha Ramirez 1-800-861-7826 ext 214. Cost: Professionals: $20.00 Caregivers: Free.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter is a local 501 (c)3 organization committed to helping the families of Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The Chapter advances efforts for researching a cure through fundraising and its signature event Walk to End Alzheimer’s™, and provides support and educational services to more than 200,000 persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and caregivers in its service area. It offers a 24-hour HELPLINE (800) 272-3900, support groups, Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch™, the Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® identification bracelet program, Comfort Zone®, community education, and an advocacy program to educate Congress on critical Alzheimer’s policy issues and work to increase federal funding for research and care programs. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. As a national organization, Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research in the world. For more information or to make a donation, please call 1 (800) 861-7826 or


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