Advocates for African American Elders is an innovative partnership bringing together governmental, non-profit, and community groups to assist older African Americans in Los Angeles in advocating for their health and mental health needs.
Members of AAAE include community activists and leaders from AARP California, the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Pacific Clinics, the Alzheimer's Association, Ward Economic Development Corporation, California Senior Leaders and local churches.
Last year, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2800, a bill to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program.
At this event, Rep. Maxine Waters will discuss the bill and be honored for her long-standing service and advocacy on behalf of older adults and other vulnerable populations in the community.
The Alzheimer's Association will also make available 50 Alzheimer's Association MedicAlert+SafeReturn scholarships, providing 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. It is common for a person with dementia to wander and become lost; many do repeatedly. In fact, six out of 10 people with Alzheimer's will wander at some point during the course of the disease. Wandering can be dangerous, even life threatening.
Please join us at this important event to meet Advocates for African American Elders, engage in a conversation with Rep. Maxine Waters, and learn about the Missing Alzheimer's Patient Bill.
Friday, February 1, 2013
4 PM to 5:30 PM
EXPO Center, Ahmanson Senior Center
3990 Bill Robertson Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Image courtesy of Dr. Karen D. Lincoln, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging