Our speaker this day was Jennifer Zuckerman the Program and Education Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Coachella Valley.

Jennifer is a mother of two who moved from Orange County to the Coachella Valley.  She has built her career around helping others in many different capacities.  Jennifer has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Arizona and a Master of Arts degree from The University of San Francisco in Counseling Psychology.  Jennifer has provided psychotherapy, case management, adult day care services, programming, and management services in several non-profits.  Jennifer has extensive experience working with many different populations such as: the disabled, dual diagnosed, seniors, Alzheimer's, youth, foster care, regional center, and many others.  Jennifer joined the Coachella Valley Alzheimer’s Association team as their Program and Education Manager in April of 2018 and has enjoyed delivering education, support group, and resources to the Coachella Valley caregivers and their loved ones.  Jennifer’s goal is to bring awareness and services to more Coachella Valley residents. (Courtesy Dr. Bruce Underwood) Jennifer did an excellent job introducing our club members to the Alzheimer Association Coachella Valley (chapter) and shared with us who they are and what they do.

 This is an amazing organization that provides so many free services to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.  They fill the initial gap between the appointment when the patient is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their 6 month follow-up appointment.  Currently there are 5.8 Million people living in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s disease and it is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the 3rd leading cause of death in California!  The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research with the stated goals to:  Eliminate Alzheimer’s Disease through the advancement of research; provide enhanced care and support to those affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through promotion of brain health.

Jennifer made an excellent presentation accompanied by a power point program that hopefully all in attendance will remember.  To learn more about Jennifer and the Alzheimer’s Association please visit their website at www.alz.org.