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Series of Ridgewood Events Promotes Alzheimer's Awareness Week

Three youngsters head out for the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Three youngsters head out for the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's. Photo Credit: Alzheimer's Association of Greater NJ

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Ridgewood Alzheimer's Association is holding a series of events to promote Alzheimer’s Awareness Week.

Someone in the United States develops the disease every 67 seconds, said event presenter Jim Parks, the president and wealth advisor at Parks Wealth Management.

"Ridgewood Alzheimer’s Awareness Week is important because most families have or had a loved one impacted by the disease," Parks said.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and can't be cured — only lessened or slowed, Parks said.

Caregivers will be at Village Hall events to provide for loved ones impacted by the disease so family members can attend.

"Our goal is to let people know they are not alone," Parks said, "and to share information to help them prepare and cope with Alzheimer’s in the best way possible."

The program's events include:

Nov. 15: Care Alternatives & Solutions for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s — presented by Stefanie Rubin, Director of Care Management at Unicity. Mayor Paul Aronsohn will kick off the week’s events at 4 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Nov. 16: Legal & Financial Considerations Associated with Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’ — Presented by JParks and Brian Keane, Esq. at Hartman & Winnicki, P.C.

The 6 p.m. event will run At the Council Chambers in Village Hall

Nov. 18: Free Showing of "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory" — A cinematic exploration to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from Alzheimer’s. The movie will screen at 1 p.m. at the Ridgewood Warner Theater on E. Ridgewood Avenue.

Nov. 19: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, The Pitfalls to Avoid— Presented by Samantha Lawrence, Associate Executive Director at Brightview Paramus. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Youth Lounge in Village Hall.

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