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Documentary on dementia in African American communities in PA

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Danielle Smith, Public News Service

Alzheimer’s disease is the eighth-leading cause of death in Pennsylvania.

documentary on the topic debuts Saturday in Pittsburgh. “Remember Me: Dementia in the African American Community” features individuals and families who are dealing with memory loss.

C. Nathaniel Brown, founder and CEO of Expected End Entertainment and a former Pittsburgh resident, said his aunt lives with dementia, which sparked his interest in talking with others to find out more about the disease and how it affects communities of color.

“The first thing I found out was that there are over 100 types of dementia,” Brown noted. “And the more I learned, the more I realized how much it was impacting the African American community disproportionately. We’re twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or some other progressive type of dementia.”

The film will be shown at the Carnegie Library in Homewood, from Noon to 3 p.m. ET. It is free, but registration is required. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than half of Black Americans believe major declines in memory and cognitive function are simply a normal part of aging, rather than symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Brown added after the screening, there will be a question-and-answer session and community organizations will be there to provide resources.

“Allegheny County Health Department will be present, the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s disease Research Center will be there,” Brown outlined. “The Dementia Friendly Pennsylvania organization will be there, as well as several people who were interviewed for the film, including counselors, professionals.”

He mentioned the documentary features the late Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. Brown said Gossett emphasized the importance of leaving a legacy by educating people about living with Alzheimer’s, steps to take after diagnosis, and preventive measures.

This article originally appeared on Public News Service and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.