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Latinos in Chicago and Suburbs Face Alarming Numbers of Cases of Alzheimer's Disease While Thousands More are at Risk of Being Diagnosed
Date:5/6/2009

the lives of so many families and let them know that they are not alone."

Mizis used the forum to outline a four-point Latino Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Alliance Action Plan:

  1. In partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital, implement educational and support programs to increase the skills knowledge and confidence of caregivers of Hispanic/Latinos living with dementia.
  2. Conduct trainings in quality dementia care and cultural competency for community-based health and social service providers.
  3. Provide information and referrals to help Latino families make informed decisions about their services and long-term care options, while facilitating access to services.
  4. Increase access to home- and community-based care services by training "Care Advocates," Latino paraprofessionals who conduct outreach, arrange respite care, facilitate support groups, and assist families to better understand available service options. Care advocates also will help families apply for these services, conduct family education programs, and serve as a recognized community dementia resource.

Members of the Alliance who spoke at the forum include: Luisa Echevarria, community relations director, Univision and Telefutura Chicago; Dr. Virginia Quinonez, chair, The Chicago School Department of Clinical Counseling, and representative of the school's Center for Latino Mental Health; Constantina Mizis, president and CEO, Latino Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Alliance; Perla Castro, local community member who will reflect on the challenges of caring for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 50; Dr. Aida Giachello, associate professor and director, Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center, UIC. Other attendees include Debra G. Wesley-Freeman'/>"/>

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