U.S. Senator Cortez Masto leads Alzheimer’s roundtable at UNR Med, Sanford Center for Aging and Dementia Friendly Nevada launch Open Door Cafés

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U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable discussion in conjunction with UNR Med’s Sanford Center for Aging on the pervasiveness of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, ways to support people in living well with those diagnoses and tips to support caretakers. UNR Med photo by Tessa Bowen.

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable discussion in conjunction with UNR Med's Sanford Center for Aging on the pervasiveness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, ways to support people in living well with those diagnoses and tips to support caretakers. UNR Med photo by Tessa Bowen.

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) recently toured the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's (UNR Med) Sanford Center for Aging and hosted a roundtable discussion on the pervasiveness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, ways to support people in living well with those diagnoses and tips to support caretakers.

"It's critical we understand Alzheimer's challenges and how best to educate on early prevention," said Cortez Masto. Cortez Masto discussed the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act that would amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the expansion of activities related to Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline and brain health under the Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program.

Also discussed at the roundtable was the launch of Open Door Cafés, hosted by the Sanford Center for Aging and Dementia Friendly Nevada, a sub group of the Dementia Friendly America movement. Open Door Cafés will be hosted to provide an inclusive and comfortable gathering place for people living with dementia and their loved ones to gather and spend time in a judgement-free space with others who are sharing similar experiences. Open Door Cafés will provide and encourage opportunities to relax, have fun, socialize and participate in a welcoming environment where people living with dementia can share their many strengths and foster new friendships.

Open Door Cafés will be held on the third Thursday of every month, beginning Thursday, June 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Great Basin Community Food Co-Op, 240 Court Street in Reno. Open Door Cafés are free to the public and refreshments will be provided. Dementia Friendly America's mission is to more effectively support and serve those across the U.S. who are living with dementia and their family and friend care partners. The Dementia Friendly Nevada group is supported by the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, Sanford Center for Aging, and the Alzheimer's Association.

For more information, or to reserve space at Open Door Cafés, email rsvp@unr.edu, call (775) 784-1806 or visit the Sanford Center for Aging Facebook event.


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Julie Ardito, APR
Senior Director, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006
jardito@med.unr.edu

Tessa Bowen
Communications Manager, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 682-9254
tessabowen@med.unr.edu

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision that has served Nevada for nearly 50 years as its first public medical school. UNR Med’s vision is a healthy Nevada, supported by our mission: establishing excellence in medical education, medical care, research and community engagement, while committing to a culture of respect, compassion and inclusion. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services, education and outreach, UNR Med is a resource for improving healthcare regionally and across the country. For more information, visit: med.unr.edu.

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