BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several students at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School are holding an Alzheimer’s Convention as part of a SkillsUSA project to raise awareness and funds about the disease.

Students Catherine Chen, Anjana Nair and Brianna Broderick are working on the project, and have been visiting nursing homes around the state, like the Chelsea Senior Living and Independence Manor, to promote brain stimulation by providing live musical performances and pet therapy.

In addition, according to Chen, the students are educating their peers by holding AL Awareness Day, and inviting a guest speaker from the Alzheimer’s Association. They are also giving presentations about the disease to students at Warren Middle School, JP Case Middle School and Franklin Middle School, plus a group of patrons at the Bridgewater Township Library.

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The next step, Chen said, is to hold an Alzheimer’s Convention to make the public aware of the disease and facilitate connections between industry leaders and prominent organizations that play a role in the lives of those directly and indirectly affected by the disease.

The convention is being held Feb. 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vo-Tech tech center.

“So far, we have representatives from J&J, Independence Manor, Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, the Alzheimer’s Association and Right At Home attending our event and speaking to the public,” Chen said.