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New Strategies in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Dementia Friendly Tempe’s 2nd Community Summit

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Summit: 10 a.m. – noon.  GeneMatch: noon – 1 p.m.
Southwest Naturopathic College, 2140 E Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

Click here for the flyer

Click here for the press release

Contact phone number: 602-839-6850
To register, please click here or go to

Everyone is welcomed to attend this free event to learn more about the fight to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

As an alternative participation, people who living with memory loss can join a parallel discussion and activities program. Please call to register to join the group 602-839-6850.

Event program

10:00 am  
Mayor Mark Mitchell
Dementia Friendly Tempe’s year of growth and activities
10:15 am

Jan Dougherty, RN
Become a dementia friend and advocate
10:45 am
Jane Gerlica, MC
Become a Dementia Friendly Tempe Champion!
11:00 am  
Dr. Bill Burke, MD
New Strategies in the Fight against Alzheimer’s disease
12 – 1 pm  
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute GeneMatch Prevention Study informational session

You can help find an end to Alzheimer’s disease with a simple cheek swab

GeneMatch is a national program led by the Banner Alzheimer's Institute that recruits participants for Alzheimer’s prevention studies using genetic testing (through free cheek swab kits) to match volunteers with research opportunities. GeneMatch advances Alzheimer’s research by helping scientists find enough qualified participants to launch new studies.

You must be between the ages of 55-75 with normal memory and thinking abilities to participate

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute will be offering GeneMatch swabbing sessions at the community summit. Clinical Trials staff will be on hand from noon to 1 p.m. to help you complete the on-line registration process and to assist you with swabbing.

Living With Memory Loss?

Tempe is part of Dementia Friendly America and we have resources so you can Find Help, Get Educated and Get Connected about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia related diseases.  Please call us at 

Get connected with others

Memory Café is a comfortable, safe and engaging place for people living with memory loss along with their care partners to meet with others in a like situation.  Joining us will help you remain socially active and get connected to important programs and resources in the local area.

Drop in, grab a cup of coffee and talk with others. A professional knowledgeable about a variety of conditions that affect memory and thinking, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is available to answer questions, provide education and supportive ideas.

Memory Cafe on Mondays

Every Monday (closed holidays)
9:30 a.m. to noon
Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road

Any questions, please call 480-350-8534.

DFT Presents Monthly Lecture Series

Each month Dementia Friendly Tempe Presents has a specific topic about dementia that is presented by a professional in the field. These free education lectures will help raise community awareness of memory loss conditions and help families access available resources.

If you can, please register for the DFT Presents lectures; information is on our flyer.

Click here for DFT Presents Topics

2nd Wednesday of each month
Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road

Do you have a topic for Dementia Friendly Tempe?

We are interested in the topics and concerns you have about Alzheimer's and dementia-related diseases.  We may be able to organize a presentation that discuss those issues.  Please contact Dementia Friendly Tempe at 480-350-8534

Find help in your area

Within Tempe and the metro area, there are agencies that have information and resources

Maricopa County
Area Agency on Aging, Region One
Call the 24-Hour Senior Helpline at 602-264–HELP (4357)

Tempe Human Services Department
CARE 7 Crisis Response Team
Call 480-350-8004

Get educated about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

Learn about the symptoms and support groups and programs to help you

Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter
Call the 24-Hour Helpline at 800-272-3900
Go to
En español, ir a

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

If you or someone you care about are showing any of these signs you should ask others you trust if they are seeing these changes  and schedule an appointment with your doctor or a specialist (neurologist, geriatric psychiatrist or geriatrician)

Roadmap to Dementia Friendly / Become a Volunteer

To learn about the steps Tempe is taking to becoming dementia friendly you can:
Call 480-350-8534