Film: “In Our Right Mind”
As we emerge from COVID, the need for our film has never been greater. These past years have made the challenges of Alzheimer’s and related dementias in communities of color all the more profound, both for people living with the disease, as well as, their care partners and care givers.
We want to share our film in as many venues as possible to spark a conversation towards awareness and action.
Last November we held a virtual screening at the Knight Alzheimer Disease Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St, Louis. Special thanks to Washington University St. Louis Provost Dr. Beverly Wendland and Associate Professor of Neurology, Dr. Joyce (Joy) Balls Berry for making it happen!
Until the end of 2022, "In Our Right Mind," and the discussion that followed can be viewed here: Community Webinar Event
Moving Ahead in a Covid-19 World
As soon as the country went into lock down, resourceful partners enabled us to continue to show our film and tell this
Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions held a Virtual Conference on Dementia where, via Zoom,
I presented the issues of Alzheimer’s, Communities of Color and the intersection of Covid-19.
Trailer: "In Our Right Mind: Alzheimer’s and Dementia’s Impact on Communities of Color"
Midday Maryland / 2WMAR-ABC Interview
Everyday I come across more information and organizations dedicated to bringing awareness, support and resources so periodically I will be updating this list.
Resources & Information
The leading voluntary health organization in the US for Alzheimer’s research and care.
Alzheimer’s Los Angeles:
They provide a host of free support services to people with Alzheimer’s, their families and communities
Us Against Alzheimer’s:
Works with organizations to help Alzheimer’s community and supports research and drug discovery.
Center for Outreach In Alzheimers Aging and Community Health:
Focused on research and creative, community based outreach aimed at the African American community.
Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD):
90 member organizations committed to stopping Alzheimer's and dementia.
Source for current research in life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical trials and healthcare news.
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund:
Funds research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing, or reversing Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimers Foundation of America (AFA):
AFA's mission is to provide optimal care and services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses and to their families and caregivers. Alzfdn.org
Alzheimer’s Research UK:
Based in the United Kingdom focused on research Founded in 1992 to defeat Alzheimer's and dementia through research.
Although providing care services in the United Kingdom this site is a great resource for innovative care services and approaches.
Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation
Fisher foundation focused on research to find a cure and support for caregivers.
Many research teaching institutions and several of the organizations listed above post clinical trials on their website.
A convenient resource is The National Institute for Aging which is a locator for clinical trials.
There are a host of wonderful blogs out there, most started by people who are caregivers for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Here are a few that I look to for helpful information and insight:
Alzheimer's Reading Room
Bob Demarco’s blog is widely considered the gold standard providing a wealth of information, insights and resources. Their mission: to help everyone to better understand, cope, and communicate with a person living with dementia.
Terri Anderson created CareGiversDepot" as a centralized place to share stories,
tips, and advice”. She wanted a place to provide answers for long term care and support that was not available on line.
This is a general site for caregiving but their website blog has posts that shed light on the challenges faced by caregivers.