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HDHHS TO RELEASE ALZHEIMERS BOOK FOR BLACK CHURCH LEADERS

For more information, contact Kathy Barton at 713-794-9998 or Porfirio Villarreal at 713-794-9021.

A book that the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) will release in October teaches local black religious leaders how to help families of people with Alzheimer’s.

The Book of Alzheimer’s for African-American Churches, adapted by the Harris County Area Agency on Aging at HDHHS to reflect the needs and concerns of the region’s aging population, is set for release Oct. 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium at St. Dominic Village, 2401 Holcombe Blvd.

The paperback describes Alzheimer’s disease, the prevalence of the disease in the black community, ways to provide quality care to people with the disease, approaches that caregivers can use to maintain their health and well-being and techniques professionals and churches can employ to assist African-American families. The Harris County Area Agency on Aging worked with local church leaders and public health professionals to make the publication possible.

It is patterned after the Book of Alzheimer’s, developed by the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging in Kentucky under a national grant to build awareness and support related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientific studies suggest African-Americans appear to have a much higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease than non-Hispanic whites. They also indicate African-Americans are affected disproportionately by vascular disease, suspected as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the book, call 713-794-2965.

This news release was issued on October 8, 2007.