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Morinello to host free Alzheimer's awareness seminar on Grand Island


Tue, May 23rd 2023 02:55 pm

Assemblyman Angelo Morinello will host a free Alzheimer's awareness seminar for families, caretakers and seniors, from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at the Grand Island Golden Age Center. Morinello has partnered with the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and the Home Assistance Referral Team (HART) for this event.

A press release stated, “June is recognized as Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. This informational seminar will be for families and caretakers who want to learn more about resources for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. And for our seniors, the seminar covers resources available to seniors who hope to maintain their quality of life while remaining independent in their own homes. The seminar will also present the latest science and research to help keep your brain and body healthy as you age.”

Morinello said, “I have heard numerous stories of sorrow and despair caused by Alzheimer's, and I take pride in contributing to the effort of raising awareness about this dreadful illness. The crucial elements for sustaining good health, adopting healthy lifestyle habits and preventing cognitive decline lie in awareness and education. This occasion will grant attendees a chance to be informed about the latest research, and discover ways to enhance or preserve their overall well-being. Hosting this year's Alzheimer's Awareness event is a tremendous honor, and I am optimistic that the community will attend to acquire knowledge about this devastating disease.”

HART Executive Director Christine S. O’Hara, MS, said, “We are excited to partner with Assemblyman Morinello and the Alzheimer’s Association for this seminar. We have recently expanded into most of Erie County, including Grand Island; and as we continue to fulfill our mission of enabling the most vulnerable members of our community to maintain a quality of life and remain independent in their own homes, we want to share what a tremendous resource this can be for your or your loved ones.”

The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will present the topic, “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body.”

“We now know that changes in the brain can begin years before showing symptoms,” said Chelsea Torgalski, MSW, education program manager at the Alzheimer's Association of Western New York Chapter. “Recent studies have shown that lifestyle changes can prevent or delay nearly 40% of dementia cases. We will discuss these lifestyle changes and how they relate to healthy brain aging during the program.”

Registration is open for anyone looking to attend this event. There is no charge to attend. A Q&A session will be held at the end.

The press release stated, “We encourage families, caretakers and seniors in the community to take advantage of this free event.”

Register here: https://forms.gle/aekt56sYmR4Ke3Ca9 or call Morinello’s district office at 716-282-6062 for more information. 

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