On November 7, Alpha Zeta Omega held a symposium on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Caregiver in the African American community, which was free to the public. More than one hundred guests joined us as reputable speakers from across the country spoke on demystifying Alzheimer’s disease, the importance of African American participation in clinical trials, caregiver advocacy and support, and financial planning to manage Alzheimer’s patients.

Our guest speakers included the following pioneers in Alzheimer’s research and outreach:

Geriatric psychiatrist who has studied the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the African-American community for the past 15 years, including minority recruitment for clinical trials
UNC professor whose current research focuses on health disparities pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationally and internationally and health in the black family
Ordained minister and human rights activist who seeks to create health/faith partnerships targeting health disparities and to ensure the participation and retention of African Americans in Alzheimer’s disease studies at Duke University Medical Center
Founder of African American Network Against Alzheimer’s and playwright who developed the Forget Me Not Project to raise the awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in all communities
Partner and Vice President in the law firm of Perry, Perry & Perry, PA. Mr. Perry has extensive experience in the areas of real estate, wills and estates.

Several vendors disseminated essential information such as:

  • A Helping Hand
  • AARP North Carolina
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Alzheimer’s North Carolina, Inc.
  • Atria Senior Living
  • B&A Financial
  • Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health (COACH)
  • Duke Alzheimer’s Disease Research Clinic
  • Durham Center for Senior Life
  • Triangle J Area Agency on Aging

A special thank you to our generous Sponsors and Donors!

  • Aura Salon and Boutique
  • Atria Southpoint Walk
  • Bojangles
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Cora Darah
  • Costco
  • Dame’s Chicken and Waffles
  • Denny’s
  • Harris Teeter

  • Krispy Kreme Donuts
  • Lawrence & Artelia Perry
  • Massage Envy
  • Office Depot
  • SPECTACULAR Magazine
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sandra Walden
  • Smoothie King
  • Triangle J Council of Governments – Area Agency on Aging
  • Walmart