Adult Day Center at the J plans Alzheimer’s presentation

Denise M. Kalos, chief operating officer of AFFIRMATIVhealth

The Jewish Community Center’s Adult Day Center will hold a community open house June 15, with a presentation  on “Alzheimer’s Disease: Foresight is 20/20,” looking at “alternative, holistic cognitive strategies and intervention.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and by 2050, that number could rise as high as 16 million. In the United States this year, the organization reports, costs associated with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will reach $259 billion.

The J welcomes the community for the free presentation hosted by the Adult Day Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15. Guest speaker Denise M. Kalos, chief operating officer of AFFIRMATIVhealth, will share cutting-edge science and research about memory loss and cognitive impairment, including links to early stage Alzheimer’s. 

Kalos will discuss holistic approaches to the treatment of symptoms of cognitive impairment related to aging, and she will present a whole-body approach to understand the drivers of memory loss. She will also share tips to improve one’s cognitive health. 

AFFIRMATIVhealth was created to “bring a precision medicine approach to improve cognitive health for those affected by early stage Alzheimer’s disease and various other cognitive disorders.” Kalos was previously vice president of Cognitive Wellbeing Programs for the Buck Institute Research on Aging — the nation’s first independent research facility focused on understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease in pursuit of the mission to increase the healthy years of life. 

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This program is free and open to the community, but RSVPs are requested: 314-442-3248. The program will take place at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur.