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DO 15 - Legis. Gregory - PR

Posted on: August 26, 2019

Presiding Officer Gregory Joins Local Orgs for 'A Conversation on Alzheimer’s Disease'

Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory greets attendees of “A Conversation on

Wyandanch, NY – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory recently partnered with the Witness Project of LI, the Town of Babylon, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, and the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter to host “A Conversation on Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia” at the Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Center.

The event, held on Monday, Aug. 19, featured an overview of the different types of dementia, tips for care and treatment, support for patients and caregivers, and a question and answer session. Caregivers and those living with the disease who require additional assistance also had the opportunity to sign up for an appointment with a social worker. Presentations were given by Abigail Kaske, LMSW with Stony Brook Medicine’s Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease;  Elizabeth Robles, Community Education Manager with the Alzheimer's Association Long Island Chapter; and Carmen Robbins, a caregiver.

According to the World Health Organization, the number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 47 million and is projected to increase to 75 million by 2030. Alzheimer’s is a disease most often associated with the elderly. Roughly 96 percent of all people living with the disease are over the age of 65, and it is the fifth leading cause of death for that age group, leading to more deaths than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Oftentimes, children and other family members become responsible for assisting with nearly every aspect of their loved one’s daily lives.

“Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia can be a long, scary, and intensely emotional journey that requires a lot of flexibility and patience,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “We want to make sure our residents have all of the information, tools and support available to them at their disposal during this very stressful time. I’d like to thank the Witness Project of LI, the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter and all of today’s presenters for their continued efforts.”

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, as well as helpful tips for both caregivers and patients, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website at




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