Sonia sits with her mother Natalia

Caregiver Wellness Day for Alzheimer's Family Caregivers

The Alzheimer's Association is hosting a Caregiver Wellness Day for Alzheimer's family caregivers in East Los Angeles on Friday, June 29 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the DePaul Evangelization Center, 1105 Bluff Rd. Montebello, CA 90604.

The Wellness Day is intended for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease to relieve stress as they focus on self-care, renewal, resources, and support. Caregivers new to their roles, as well as those who have been providing care for a while, will benefit from the program, which includes speakers on medical advances and legal issues, as well as resource tables, lunch, support groups, and relaxation sessions. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with professionals who specialize in Alzheimer's disease and dementia care.

"Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that wears out caregivers and their families emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially," said Joseph Herrera, Director of the Alzheimer's Association Greater East Los Angeles Regional Service Center. "Through this event we hope to teach caregivers the importance of self-care in decreasing their depression and stress levels. We'll provide them with tools, resources and coping skills that Alzheimer's disease demands."

"According to research, the Latino population is at a higher risk than other racial and ethnic groups to develop Alzheimer's or related dementias. The burden of caregiving falls heavily on daughters or other female relatives, because of filial responsibility. It is a serious epidemic and we need to act now to provide support for those affected and secure more funding for research toward treatment and cure," Herrera added.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required, as space is limited. For registration and program information, please call Joseph Herrera at 323-881-0574 or Joseph.Herrera@alz.org. Click here for the event press release in Spanish.


Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Los Angeles regional service center (GELA) is located at County of Los Angeles Community Services Center Building, 133 North Sunol Drive, Suite 237 "C", in East Los Angeles. The office provides programs and services in English and in Spanish to assist people affected by Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers, families and friends; Including training and education, care consultation, support groups, Medic Alert® + Safe Return®, and a toll-free helpline for 24-hour information and support at (800) 272-3900. For more information, visit www.alz.org/socal.

The Alzheimer's Association, California Southland chapter, is a donor-supported, voluntary health organization committed to research, care and support for those living with Alzheimer's disease and their families in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino. For more than 30 years, the chapter served thousands of Alzheimer's affected-families. The Alzheimer's Association also provides education for health care professionals, caregivers and the general public; advocacy for improved public policy and legislation; and financial support to increase research to find the cause and cure for this devastating disease.


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Funders
MetLife Foundation The Lippey Family Trust Gladyce L. Foster
California Community Foundation