SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) will host a panel discussion about Alzheimer’s disease at the end of Women’s History Month on Monday, March 30, 2015, 12-1:30 pm in the City of San Mateo Council Chambers. Panelists will be a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s, a medical clinician, a medical researcher and a member of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease that impacts women disproportionately,” Speier said. “Two thirds of the five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women and more than 60 percent of caretakers are women. This mind-robbing disease is already bankrupting families; it could do the same to Medicare and Medicaid if we don’t invest more in research. Without research, we will not find treatments, let alone a cure.”

Speier will be joined on the panel by Cynthia Ortiz Guzman, a nurse living with Alzheimer’s and advocate; Dr. Michael Geicius, the Medical Director at the Stanford Center for Memory Disorders; Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk, the Medical Director of ElderConsult; and Ruth Gay, the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. They will discuss basic information, early signs, diagnosis, the newest research and treatment options.

The event will seat 200 attendees and is at full capacity. Because of the strong interest in the topic, the event will be live streamed on this website.

Who:        
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Cynthia Ortiz Guzman, LVN, RT, person living with Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s Advocate
Dr. Michael Geicius, Medical Director, Stanford Center for Memory Disorders
Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk, Medical Director ElderConsult
Ruth Gay, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada

What:        
Alzheimer’s: A Women’s Health Issue

When:     
Monday, March 30, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 pm    

Where:    
San Mateo Council Chambers
330 20th Avenue
San Mateo


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