Q&A with Mary Ann Malack-Ragona of the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center

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The Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center was established in 1983 to provide Long Islanders with resources to learn about and fight the disease. Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, executive director/CEO shared some of the goals of the organization, upcoming events and ways to get involved.

Long Island Pulse Insider: What are the main goals of your organization?
Mary Ann Malack-Ragona: Our continued mission is to support research that may lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, to provide care, support and education programs for families in need and to be advocates for local families who are coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Pulse Insider: What kinds of services do you provide for Alzheimer’s patients?
MMR: Care and consultation, information and referral, education specific to dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, support groups and safety products.

Pulse Insider: What types of information/services do you provide for the general public seeking to get more information on the disease?
MMR: We have the Edward & Lois Zeidler Alzheimer’s Disease Memorial Research library that is focused solely on Alzheimer’s Disease and is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, we have many informational brochures that discuss Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the stages of the disease. In addition we have materials that address driving issues, communication, behavioral issues, bathing, nutrition and caregiver stress. ADRC also has a comprehensive resource guide that contains information about various support resources that are available throughout the continuum of care.

Pulse Insider: What is the most important fact our readers should know about the fight against Alzheimer’s disease?
MMR:
Families should know that they are not alone and we at ADRC stand ready to help. In addition, there is never a fee for the services we offer here at ADRC.

Pulse Insider: Do you have any annual fundraisers/events?
MMR:
We do. In addition to our Annual Regatta, Golf Classic, Gala and Giver From The Heart Athletes for Alzheimer’s events, we have three Walk For Alzheimer’s Events. In August we walk in Riverhead; in September we walk in Old Bethpage and in October we walk in Westhampton Beach.

Pulse Insider: How can someone best help this cause?
MMR:
Volunteer, Donate, participate in our events and help us raise the funds needed to continue to serve our local families.

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