Alzheimer’s Association Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter And Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Collaborate To Educate And Advocate In The Fight Against Alzheimer’s
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is using its influence to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, one of the nation’s leading diseases among Black Americans.
The Alzheimer’s Association Houston and Southeast Texas chapter is proud to partner with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and increase education, care and support resources in the African-American community. This partnership engages both campus and alumni members of AKA through local community outreach efforts and participation in The Longest Day® and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® the signature Alzheimer’s Association events.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report, older African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias as older whites. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women and approximately two-thirds of Alzheimer’s caregivers are women, and 34 percent are age 65 or older.
We were honored to welcome the leadership of Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapters in Houston. They gathered at the Alzheimer’s Association’s office to discuss our strategic partnership to increase programmatic outreach in the African-American community and participation in the The Longest Day and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s oldest African-American sorority, is a trusted source of information within the African-American community. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha will work with the Houston and Southeast Texas Alzheimer’s Association chapter to better engage the African-American community in the full mission of the Association, including:
- Connecting the Alzheimer’s Association to community partners, contacts and churches to open the doors for Alzheimer’s education, care and support
- Volunteering for activities and committees for The Longest Day, the Alzheimer’s Association event taking place on the summer solstice
- Becoming a trained Alzheimer’s community educator or support group leader and advocate