Our History began when founders Jacquelyn Seth and CaSaundra Bush realized the need for education, awareness and support both emotionally and financially in the African-American community after dealing with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease to their families after each had a grandparent diagnosed.
CAN Dream believes that by raising awareness and involvement in the community around Alzheimer’s disease and supporting those diagnosed, as well as their families and caregivers, we will:
– Help remove the stigma of the disease
– Encourage utilization of available resources and support
– Improve the health and quality of life for people overall
Our Mission is to provide educational outreach to students about Alzheimer’s disease.
Our Vision is to ignite students’ interest in finding solutions that reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s on society.
Empower students to be active participants in the Alzheimer’s movement
Encourage students to be change agents for Alzheimer’s in their community
Increase the pipeline of students into STEM careers or other innovative fields that would positively impact Alzheimer’s disease
Cultivate resources to achieve the CAN Dream mission
There is a prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in African-Americans and Hispanics. Studies conclude that African-Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias as older whites. This appears not to be because of genetic factors, but rather as a result of health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes that may increase one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. These conditions are more prevalent in African-American and Hispanic people. In addition, there is evidence that misdiagnoses of this Alzheimer’s are more common among older African-Americans and Hispanics.
Recognizing this, CAN Dream Foundation has created a program to increase the awareness of Alzheimer’s disease for students. CAN Dream educates students about the areas of the brain that Alzheimer’s affects brain affected by Alzheimer’s, as well as how to (1) recognize the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, (2) understanding ways to reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and (3) how the disease affects society as a whole.
In an effort to encourage minority high school students, to express their thoughts about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and engage the younger generation in this cause, CAN Dream is pleased to offer the CAN Dream Foundation Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship.
The Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT) aims to eliminate health care disparities by transforming under‐represented high school students into health care leaders. To that end, MERIT creates a holistic support system to change the trajectory of our scholars’ lives. CAN Dream provides Alzheimer’s Awareness sessions along with professional development guidance to equip these students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete their summer internships and encourage them to pursue a focus in medicine that can directly benefit those with Alzheimer’s disease.
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Service Learning Activity
CAN Dream offers opportunities for students to complete service learning requirements by providing education and advocacy about Alzheimer’s disease.
-Students will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and the health disparity among minorities.
-Students will become aware of the systemic issue associated with the effects of Alzheimer’s on society.
-Students work to create and administer communication plans of Alzheimer’s educational materials to be shared with CAN Dream supporters, members of the community, and other students and teachers at their schools.
-Students are tasked with writing letters to legislators about the need for increased funds to support Alzheimer’s research and caregivers thus engaging students in high quality service‐learning that assists in developing and sharpening reading and writing skills.
-Students will spend time reflecting on the burden of Alzheimer’s on society and how they can help make a difference in their community.
-Students will participate in existing CAN Dream activities and board meetings to help develop their understanding of community partnerships.
The Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) recognizes the need to maintain an effective and mutually satisfying partnership with the community its serves. To that end, a Memory and Aging Community Advisory Board (MACAB) has been formed. It is comprised of local community leaders with an interest in dementia, including representatives of the minority community (i.e., pastoral leaders, heads of community organizations, health officials from State/City/County Departments, political leaders, representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association, and families of patients who have been affected by Alzheimer’s Disease).
CAN Dream Foundation is a member of the community board and strives to educate, recruit and communicate about research and revise research procedures with community goals and needs in mind.