WHAT: The Alzheimer’s Association Brain Bus will make several stops in Broward County from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.
The Brain Bus is a mobile outreach unit providing local families with access to dementia information and referrals, brain health and risk reduction, and care planning information. Of the six stops planned, three (marked below with an asterisk) will coincide with on-site presentations of the Alzheimer’s Association programs “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” and “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” in both English and Spanish.
Joe Baldelomar, program manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter, said: “We are so excited to bring the Brain Bus to the people of Broward County. The Brain Bus allows us to provide essential information about dementia to those who need it and can also help to facilitate early diagnosis. And as Hispanic Americans are 1 ½ times as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as their White counterparts but less likely to be diagnosed, it is especially crucial that we increase our outreach among the Spanish-speaking community.”
Monday, Aug. 30:
Tuesday, Aug. 31:
- *10 a.m. at Cano Health – Pines Taft, 8967 Taft St., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
- 2 p.m. at Cano Health – Hollywood Taft 65, 6517 Taft St., Hollywood, FL 3302
Wednesday, Sept. 1:
Thursday, Sept. 2:
- *10 a.m. at Cano Health – Deerfield Beach, 4020 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
- 2 p.m. at Cano Health – 2701 Atlantic, 2701 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33062
WHY: More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a leading cause of death in the United States. Florida has the second-highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s in the nation with more than 580,000 individuals battling the disease and 527,000 family caregivers providing them with daily care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths have increased 16% nationally and 18.5% in Florida.