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City of Yonkers and Local Partners to Commemorate National Alzheimer's Month in November with Community Support Seminar

Seminar to be held Wednesday, November 5, 2014 11:00 am - 1:15 pm in Will Library Auditorium

Post Date:10/15/2014 2:29 PM

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YONKERS, NY – October 15, 2014 – Mayor Mike Spano together with the Yonkers Police Department, Westchester County Police Department, Yonkers Office for the Aging, Empress Ambulance, ElderServe Health, Project Lifesaver International and the Alzheimer’s Association will commemorate November as National Alzheimer’s month with a seminar detailing what to know when serving, supporting and caring for one with Alzheimer’s disease. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 5 from 11:00am to 1:15pm in the auditorium at Grinton I. Will Library located at 1500 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers.

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month. The neurological disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States claiming 500,000 lives annually.

“Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that can take a toll on the entire family,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “It is so important to be armed with the right information when dealing with Alzheimer’s so that you can provide your loved ones with the best possible care.”

The seminar will hear from panelists representing each of the sponsors on topics such as caretaker education and awareness, warning signs for Alzheimer’s, and the role City services can play in ensuring the safety and well-being of persons with Alzheimer’s.

“Yonkers Office for the Aging can support families struggling with Alzheimer’s in a variety of ways,” said Kelly Chiarella, Director of the Office for the Aging. “We provide information and resource referrals so that residents suffering from this disease know where to turn. Our services also may include case management, home delivered meals and possibly supportive home health aide services.”

Caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s can face physical, emotional and financial burdens as well. The disease is the most expensive condition in the nation with a direct cost estimating $214 billion. National Alzheimer’s Month is a time to heighten awareness but also increase funding to offset those costs and fund research efforts.

“This November, the City of Yonkers stands with all those facing the painful reality of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. We lend our support through seminars like this one and commit to finding a cure for this disease,” said Mayor Spano.

To attend the seminar, respond to Sunday Tunelle via email Sunday.tinelle@yonkersny.gov or call (914) 377-6619.

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