Order of the Sons of Italy in America presents donation to Alzheimer's Disease Center
Posted Nov. 14, 2012
The Vallejo lodges of the Order Sons of Italy in America on Nov. 6 presented the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center with a donation of $8,734 during a ceremony held in the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium. The donation, from the Virgilio Lodge Number 1586 and the Beatrice Portinari Lodge Number 1626, brings the organization's donations to UC Davis Alzheimer's disease research to $130,000.
"We are extremely grateful for our ongoing relationship with the Sons of Italy for their continuing support of the Alzheimer's Disease Center," center Director Charles DeCarli said.
The Order Sons of Italy (OSIA) is the largest and longest-established national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. Established in 1905 as a mutual aid society for the early Italian immigrants, today OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast, making it the leading service and advocacy organization for the nation's estimated 26 million people of Italian descent. The Vallejo lodges raise funds for the Alzheimer's disease center by holding a wine-tasting and appetizer event each year.
The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center conducts research and coordinates care for patients who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The center, which operates in conjunction with nationwide and statewide programs, also has four other important goals:
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- Educate health professionals and the public about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
- Conduct research investigating the causes and potential treatments for dementia among clinical and community populations
- Advocate changes in health policy and practice that will enhance the recognition, treatment and management of dementia
The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of only 27 research centers designated by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging. The center's goal is to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and treatment for patients while focusing on the long-term goal of finding a way to prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease. Also funded by the state of California, the center allows researchers to study the effects of the disease on a uniquely diverse population. For more information, visit alzheimer.ucdavis.edu.