Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Black/African American Community Forum – Texarkana via Zoom
On Saturday, May 14, 2022, the Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will host a Virtual Black/African American Community Forum via Zoom.
With a projected 29% increase in Texas residents age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease by 2050, the importance of education and connection is critical. Community forums are springing up across the country.
“Alzheimer’s disease is becoming one of the leading causes of death among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). The Texarkana Black/African American Community Virtual Forum is essential to our region because it provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to learn facts and have a transparent dialogue about Alzheimer’s disease,” said Lee Williams, III, president of the Northeast Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, partner forum presenter.
“One of the goals of the Northeast Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (NETABSE) is to educate, engage and collaborate with community partners; we are better together.”
With the help of our community partners such as the Northeast Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, the Greater Texarkana Branch of the NAACP, the Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Housing Authority of Texarkana, Texas, the goal of the Community Forum is to bring together people who are going through the same difficulties for education about the disease while listening to the community about the resources needed and how the Alzheimer’s Association can help. We are delighted to also hear from Dr. Lori George, originally from Texarkana.
The need for strong voices and advocacy on behalf of Black communities in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease has never been greater.
• African Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as older white Americans.
• African Americans may be more likely to be diagnosed in the later stages of the disease, when individuals are more cognitively and physically impaired – and therefore need more medical care.
• Despite their increased risk, black Americans are underrepresented in clinical trials, representing only about 5% of all trial participants.
If you would like to register for the May 14 Virtual Black/African American Community Forum, please call 1.800.272.3900, register directly at https://bit.ly/TEXARKANACF, or email [email protected] alz.org.
The Alzheimer’s Association is leading the way to ending Alzheimer’s disease and all other forms of dementia by accelerating global research, promoting risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing the quality of care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementias. Visit alz.org or call the 24/7 helpline at 800.272.3900.