USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Advocates for African American Elders

African Americans are at a significantly higher risk than whites of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and they also report lower levels of AD literacy than their white counterparts.

Karen Lincoln, associate professor and founder of Advocates for African American Elders, launched the BrainWorks research study to promote AD literacy within the African American community. This study aimed to help individuals identify AD symptoms and encourage them to seek help from a physician or mental health provider.

Lincoln’s study shows that older African Americans who received culturally tailored text messages about Alzheimer’s disease had the highest increase in Alzheimer’s disease literacy levels when compared with other participants. – Recorded Youtube Overview

Advocates for African American Elders (AAAE)

Advocates for African American Elders (AAAE) was founded in 2012 in response to the persistent and growing needs of African American seniors in Los Angeles. Click here to learn more – AAAE Website

More resources and engagement to come in our effort to support, care and respect the wellbeing, lifestyles, health, and sustainability of our elders who live in the West Adams community!

Check out this workshop recorded on Youtube on How to Improve Alzheimer’s Education among African Americans (BrainWorks) – workshop link

County of Los Angeles Public Health – COVID19 Vaccine Updates

Los Angeles County residents who are 65 years old and older can now register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Residents in this high-priority age group should visit VaccinateLACounty.com to schedule their appointments, which begin Wednesday, January 20th. Residents who don’t have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance with reservations.

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/index.htm

EMERGENCY SENIOR MEALS RESPONSE

Through a partnership with Everytable and Access Services, we will be providing additional healthy, made-from-scratch meals to the low-income seniors who need them. We will deliver twice as many meals a week to each senior we serve and to more than double the number of seniors that we are helping during this crisis.

The only #requirements to participate in this program is to be (1) a person of 60 years or older and (2) live in the City of Los Angeles. For seniors interested in participating, please call 213-263-5226, starting today between 9-5 pm.

OR register online: – Click Here

We have thousands of meals ready to be delivered to you or them.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced – Emergency Senior Meals Response Program

As a City, in the midst of an unparalleled emergency, we collectively recognize the urgent needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. Yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the Emergency Senior Meals Response program for those 60 and older. The Mayor’s meal service launched TODAY in partnership with EveryTable and AccessServices, which will deliver healthy meals citywide directly to the homes of our seniors.