AFRICAN METHOD CHURCH AND ALZHEIMER ASSOCIATION RENEW STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO ENSURE ALZHEIMER DISEASE AWARENESS IN BLACK AMERICAN COMMUNITIES
Since the partnership began in 2019, more than 1,600 AME Church members have completed dementia education programs. In addition, more than 5,000 AME Church members have participated in Connectional Purple Sunday events, which provide AME members with information about the disease and care and support resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to the pursuit of our mission,” said Dr. Carl V. Hill, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Alzheimer’s Association. “Our work with the AME Church and other organizations representing and advocating for underserved communities allows us to expand our reach, providing more people with resources and support to cope with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia crises.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, older black Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as white Americans. Black Americans are also less likely to receive a timely diagnosis, with many being diagnosed much later in the illness when their medical needs are greatest.
“We want to create forums that educate while highlighting the abundance of AME professionals who are trained and qualified to lead, guide and direct us on a wide variety of (holistic) health topics,” said Dr. . Miriam Burnet, Medical Director, AME Church International Health Commission. “We are grateful to be positioned and to excel in providing health education and promotion activities as well as potential services. As a result of this collaboration, there would be expanded community outreach efforts; increased awareness of support services for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease; expanded opportunities to promote and influence public policy related to dementia; increased awareness to increase knowledge about the risks and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease; and increased support for Alzheimer’s disease programming and research. »
About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to the care, support and research of Alzheimer’s disease. Our mission is to lead the way to ending Alzheimer’s disease and all other forms of dementia – by accelerating global research, promoting risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing the quality of care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementias. To visit alz.org or call (800) 272-3900.
About the African Methodist Episcopal Church
The African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) is the oldest and one of the largest historically African-American denominations in the country. The church has more than 2.5 million members on five continents in 39 countries located in 20 episcopal districts. More than 2 million members reside in the United States in 13 episcopal districts. It remains one of the largest Methodist denominations in the world. The AME Church has always championed civil and human rights affecting people of African descent through social betterment, religious autonomy, and political engagement. To visit www.amechealth.org/alz.
SOURCE Alzheimer Association