FLORHAM PARK, NJ Alzheimer’s disease is a global health problem with nearly 5.8 million Americans living with the disease. Tremendous gains have been made in the understanding of the science and basic biology underlying Alzheimer’s and other dementia. These advances are leading to great strides in strategies for prevention, detection, diagnostics, and therapeutic interventions.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ)—the state’s leading voluntary not-for-profit health organization focused on Alzheimer’s care, support and research—is convening a research conference featuring keynote speaker Rebecca M. Edelmayer, Ph.D., an internationally acclaimed scientist leading the charge in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The symposium, hosted by Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, will be held virtually on Nov. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will coincide with AAGNJ’s efforts to shine light on cognitive health during National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month (NADAM) and National Family Caregivers Month in November.

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As the association’s director of scientific engagement, Edelmayer will deliver the keynote address for this event. A question-and-answer (Q&A) session will follow with a panel of physician experts from Hackensack Meridian Health, including Florian P. Thomas, M.D., Ph.D. and Manisha Parulekar, M.D., FACP, AGSF, CMD, co-directors from the Center for Memory Loss and Brain Health at Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center as well as Shailaja Shah, M.D.

At the conclusion of the medical science presentation and Q&A, a panel discussion with a community forum will be co-led by AAGNJ and experts, including Lenora Klein, an advisory board member to the Center for Memory Loss & Brain Health, philanthropist, and caregiver, and Janay Brown, MSW, LCS, social worker. This forum will be convened for the community-at-large, caregivers, healthcare professionals and community allies who are interested in voicing opinions on dementia-related services in their community.

The Center for Memory Loss and Brain Health at Hackensack University Medical Center, which opened in early 2020, was developed to enhance the quality of life and functional performance of patients with dementia through assessment, intervention and care and to advance the scientific insight into dementia syndromes and their care. The center also trains the next generation of health care professionals to better diagnose, manage and collaborate in the care of individuals with dementia and provide caregiver support, wellness and education for families and the community.

“This will be an impactful event for those in need of, or passionate about, advancing dementia care and support, as well as finding a cure for Alzheimer’s,” said AAGNJ Executive Director Cheryl Ricci-Francione. “Community partnerships are integral to our mission and care and support services across all sectors and NJ communities.”

Clare Ward, interim executive director and vice president of development-principal gifts at the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, said the organization if proud to partner with the AAGNJ for this virtual forum.

“Our Center for Memory Loss and Brain Health at Hackensack University Medical Center provides much needed care and resources to patients and their loved ones in our community,” said Ward. “The support of partners like the Alzheimer’s Association is crucial to the work we do to raise awareness, advance research and provide exceptional care to those in need.”

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association—which is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research—is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline, staffed by experienced Alzheimer’s professionals, is available in more than 200 languages and can be reached at 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org.

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