NEWS | March 25, 2014

Alzheimer's Disease Center to hold 6th Annual African-American Caregiving and Wellness Forum


The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold the 6th Annual African-American Caregiving and Wellness Forum, Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. The event is being held in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. The forum is intended for caregivers who support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Dealing with difficult behaviors: Heather Gray of the Alzheimer's Association will instruct attendees on communicating with their loved one, coping strategies and acknowledging when help is needed. Participants will receive support and information and meet those with similar experiences and other caregivers.
  • When and how to ask for help:  A panel of caregivers will share their experiences and provide feedback on identifying and accepting relinquishing the role of caregiver when it becomes overwhelming.
  • Assessing your Alzheimer’s risk: Rita Hargrave, a specialist in geriatric psychiatry at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Martinez, Calf., will address the concerns of caregivers who are first-degree relatives — mother, father, sister, brother — and worried about their own Alzheimer’s risk. Clinicians will discuss genetic and other risk factors and ways to minimize risk and obtain a clinical evaluation.
  • Alzheimer’s research update: An expert and up-to-date Alzheimer’s disease research discussion including the benefits and risks of participating in clinical trials.
  • Ask the experts: A panel of experts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease will be on hand to answer attendee’s questions. 

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Gwen Gates, Alzheimer’s Disease Center, or 1-800-272-3900.

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