The Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter is seeking to reach the Latino community of Chicagoland with Spanish-speaking education programs.
The program Alzheimer’s Disease in the Latino Community will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Cicero Public Library, 5225 W. Cermak Road, Cicero. The program will include a short film as well as an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on Latinos.
Today, 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and another American develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds.
The Alzheimer’s Association Special Report on Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer’s, which was released in conjunction with the organization’s 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, cited research indicating that in the United States, older Latinos are probably about one and a half times times more likely than older non-Latino whites to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The report goes on to state that no known genetic factors can account for the differences in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among different racial groups, but that conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, both of which are known risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, are more common in older Latinos than older non-Latino whites and likely account for some of the disparity.
“As the number of Latinos living with Alzheimer’s disease continues to grow, it is imperative that we increase awareness about memory loss and dementia among our Spanish-speaking community,” said Yadira Montoya, Manager of Education and Outreach with the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter. “The Alzheimer’s Disease in the Latino Community education program is designed to help Latinos understand more about this disease and the resources available to help and support those affected.”