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Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders can have devastating effects on individuals, families and communities. These effects can be physical, emotional or even financial. Research has shown that providing information and support to affected persons and communities is important. This support can help to ease the burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. The outreach core of the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) is a key resource for up-to-date information and referrals to support services within the region.

ADRC has a commitment to increase public awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. The center proudly offers a community lecture series two times a year. Its Walter Allen Community Lecture Series brings researchers and clinical experts to community settings. This creates interactive and educational programs. It is named in honor of Walter Allen, a prominent African American photographer who worked for the New Pittsburgh Courier in the 1950s and 1960s and later died with dementia. The center also provides speakers on Alzheimer’s disease to community groups around the city. The center accepts speaker requests from church groups, community programs and senior organizations on a year-round basis. ADRC also maintains a caregiver support group, which is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association. The group meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Hill House, 2nd Floor, 1835 Centre Ave. The center’s support group and community education programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, or to request a speaker, contact Melita Terry, outreach coordinator, at 412-692-2712, or visit http://www.adrc.pitt.edu.

 

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