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Kennedy Center hosts Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s forum

November 14, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — The Kennedy Center will host a complimentary education community forum later this month focused on Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome.

The event will be on Thursday, Nov. 29 at The Kennedy Center’s location at 39 Lindeman Drive in Trumbull. The center said the forum is in honor of the 10th anniversary of The Kennedy Center’s Norma F. Pfriem Alzheimer’s Center of Faust Hall.

The Trumbull-based Kennedy Center, a nonprofit, provides programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

The educational eventing will provide information on a wide range of services and support available to those with Down syndrome or Alzheimer’s, including how to access and obtain further information, support and resources.

There will be a social hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with informational tables hosted by co-sponsors of the event — Southwestern CT Agency on Aging, Sacred Heart University College of Health Profession, Fairfield University School of Graduate Studies, Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Connecticut chapter.

Then, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dr. Gerard Kerins will give the keynote address, focused on the longer lives those diagnosed with Down syndrome are able to live and how people with Down syndrome are developing Alzheimer’s at a staggering rate.

The event is open to families, guardians, caregivers, professionals and paraprofessionals caring for adults with Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome, or those with dementia. Students entering the fields of human services, nursing or physical, occupational, speech or language therapy are also welcome.

For more information and preregistration, contact Wendy Bloch at wbloch@kennedyctr.org or 203-332-4535 extension 227.

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