County agency to help recruit participants for...

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May 02, 2001

County agency to help recruit participants for Alzheimer's study

The county Department of Aging will help Johns Hopkins Hospital researchers recruit participants for a study in prevention of Alzheimer's disease at two events this month.

Both events will be held at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold. They are:

A conference for family and professional caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 11 in the Florestano Building, sponsored by the Department of Aging, the Alzheimer's Association's Central Maryland chapter and the college.

Keynote speaker Cynthia D. Steele, associate professor of psychiatry and co-director of the neuropsychiatry and memory group at Johns Hopkins Hospital, will discuss research and treatment options.

Conference exhibitors include providers of senior care facilities, financial and insurance services, senior day care, and elder care attorneys.

Other conference programs include recreation consultant Nancy Ernest on activity planning at home and structuring the day for a patient; John Beyer, director of the Department of Aging's evaluation and review service, on placement options; Dr. David Kloreck of the department of psychiatry at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, on understanding dementia; and Mary Fridley, registered nurse and consultant, on the physical and mental well-being of the caregiver.

The registration fee of $15 includes a $10 supply fee and box lunch. Continuing education credit for social workers can be arranged for an additional fee of $5.

The 55+ Expo May 22 to be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22 in the college's Student Services Center. Sponsors are the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce and county Department of Aging.

Seminars on health topics and estate planning are among the programs planned.

The recruitment is for Hopkins' Alzheimer's Disease Anti-inflammatory Prevention Trial (ADAPT), a study expected to last five to seven years and testing whether certain types of drugs may delay or prevent cognitive decline.

Candidates for the study are people ages 70 and older who have a close relative with serious age-related memory loss, dementia, senility or Alzheimer's disease.

For information on the events, or the Hopkins recruitment, call the Department of Aging at 410-222-4464.

State delegate to speak at Salute to Seniors lunch

Community Advocates for Senior Opportunities and Services will hold its 32nd annual Salute to Seniors Luncheon at noon Tuesday at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

Keynote speaker is Del. Mary Ann Love, a Glen Burnie Democrat who chairs the county's legislative delegation.

The luncheon is open to the public, with tickets priced at $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. For information or to order tickets, call 410-789-2192.

Calendar

Diet talk: Cal Peterson, a faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College, will discuss diet and weight control at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Pasadena Senior Center at Lake Shore Plaza. His presentation will include information on the basic food groups, foods to avoid and the effects of a proper diet on conditioning of the heart. Information: 410-222-0030.

Senior fares: Photo-identification cards for those age 65 and older will be offered by a representative of the Mass Transit Administration from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road. The card offers discounted rides on MTA Central Light Rail and buses. Proof of age is required. Information: 410- 222-1922.

Nutrition talk: Pat Meidenbauer, diabetes educator and nutrition counselor at North Arundel Hospital, will present a program on "Healthy Summer Eating" from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 10 at the O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton. The program will focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables. Information: 410-222-6227 or 301-621-9515.

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