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Alzheimer’s Association volunteer Phyllis Timpo shares the importance of bridging communities

As the Director of Community Engagement at the Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Research (HAARC) Center, I have the privilege of being part of an important collaboration with the Illinois chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Our collaboration is built on shared goals: to share information and increase resources related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias within the Chicago’s Black community. Volunteering with the Association fills me with pride as we work together to address the needs of those impacted by this disease.

In my role, I often meet people who have just received a diagnosis or are looking for ways to support brain health. Through our partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, I can connect communities to the wealth of resources and support the organization provides. Whether it’s educational materials or support groups, our collaboration ensures that people in need can access crucial assistance.

A big part of my work is helping people participate in research. Even though African Americans are more likely to be affected by Alzheimer’s, they’re often not well represented in research studies. It’s important to fix this gap to make sure future treatments reflect the diversity of those affected. Connecting communities to research opportunities is incredibly rewarding; it ensures that our communities have a say in shaping the future of Alzheimer’s treatment and care.

One exciting event that shows our dedication to raising awareness and engaging the community is the upcoming Release the Silence: RACE into Action conference. Working with the Alzheimer’s Association, we aim to create a space for conversations, learning, and fun! This conference will offer attendees valuable resources, educational sessions, and chances to take part in research initiatives. Events like this highlight the importance of our partnership and the positive impact it has on our community.

As a volunteer with the Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, I feel honored to contribute to this important work. Together, we work to empower individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s and advocate for more inclusivity in research. We invite you to join us in our mission and hope to see you at the conference on Saturday April 27th! Register here:

To find out more about how you can get involved in shaping the future of Alzheimer’s research and support, visit the HAARC Center website at Together, we can make a real difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

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