November 13, 2022

Alzheimer’s Association to host free webinar on impact of dementia on Native American community

Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a free webinar Tuesday to address the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia on Indigenous populations.
Co-hosted by the International Association of Indigenous Aging, Indian Health Service and the National Indian Council on Aging, the event aims to address the health disparities experienced by Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Native Americans are more likely to develop dementia than their White and Asian Americans peers. The nonprofit reports that one-fifth of Native Americans age 45 and older are experiencing memory problems, and as many as a third will develop Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
“This webinar is geared toward tribal organizations and stakeholders to learn about the featured agencies and what they’re doing to address Alzheimer’s,” Janet Hamada Kelley said. She is the executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
“We’re encouraging people to speak about it more so that we can convey how big Alzheimer’s is, and that we need more than one agency to tackle this, especially within Indian Country.”
Tuesday’s webinar will cover how each of the organizations is addressing dementia in the community and the resources available at the Alzheimer’s Association for people diagnosed with the condition and their family caregivers.
Participants will also learn about the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map for Indian Country, an effort from Alzheimer’s Association and the Centers for Disease Control to improve cognitive health in the nation’s Indigenous communities.
The webinar will be hosted on the Zoom platform starting at 1 p.m. on Nov. 15. Those interested in attending can register by visiting bit.ly/3TXCy64.
The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association supports people living with dementia and their family caregivers through support groups, educational workshops, a monthly podcast and other services. For more information about the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, visit alz.org/sandiego or call (619) 678-8322.