Reaching Diverse Communities

Reaching diverse communities living with Alzheimer’s Disease is an exciting part of the work underway at the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Because Alzheimer’s disease affects African Americans and Hispanic communities at a rate almost twice higher the general population, reaching diverse communities is a key value of the Alzheimer’s Association. Providing Spanish speaking support through care consultations, support groups and education is one method for outreach to Latino families living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Diversity and Inclusion doesn’t stop there, take a peek at all the great work underway at the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association:

In February, Staff members David Hoppe and Marissa Volpe visited Aza Day Center to provide Education on the Basics Of Alzheimer’s Disease. Listening to how Iraqi communities care for elders in Iraq was especially interesting.

Diversity Outreach
Marissa Volpe engages with Iraqi women at the Aza Day Center.

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) network and the National Alzheimer’s Association have announced their official partnership. Participating in a Senior Health fair with the Center/SAGE in early August works to increase awareness about Services and Programs for LGBT elders.

Diversity Outreach
Marissa Volpe with GLBT Senior Health Fair volunteers.

At Mairik Day Center in south Aurora, Nepalese, Burmese and Bhutanese Elders gather for social and educational purposes. The Alzheimer’s Association recently led an interactive session on The Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. One participant responded, “Oh, this is the disease we describe as when our parents become our children.”

Alzheimer's Diversity Outreach
Burmese and Bhutanese Elders gather for a presentation on Alzheimer’s.
Attendees at a local Senior “Pachanga” (party!) register for more information regarding Alzheimer’s disease. Spanish speaking services are available 24-7 through our Helpline. Besides Spanish, over 180 languages are offered on the helpline!
Senior Outreach
Attendees at a local Senior “Pachanga” register for more information regarding Alzheimer’s disease.

Diversity Volunteers Edgar and Erika enjoy their salsa dancing outreach at this year’s Diabetes Expo. Those living with heart disease and diabetes experience higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease.

Serving Diverse Communities
Diversity Volunteers Edgar and Erika enjoy their salsa dancing outreach at this year’s Diabetes Expo.

Diversity and Outreach is excited to announce a partnership with AINC (Audio Information Network of Colorado). The Alzheimer’s Association will be featured with its own station for those who seeking to receive information by radio or phone.

Diversity is imperative and integral to our mission at the Alzheimer’s Association. It is a promise we make to those we serve. Our team understands that valuing diversity and inclusiveness is critical to our mission of a world without Alzheimer’s. We seek to be inclusive of the millions of people currently affected by Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and the communities in which they live.

Marissa Volpe
Marissa Volpe

 

 

-Marissa Volpe, Multicultural Outreach Coordinator

2 thoughts on “Reaching Diverse Communities

  1. One recent study showed that people with dementia and alzheimers had low Vitamin D
    levels. How closely is this being followed? Haven’t heard any more recently.

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