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Eastern's Alzheimer's Awareness & Benefits Event

Written by Ebony Minott

Willimantic, CT -- The Psychology Club at Eastern Connecticut State University will host an Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Benefit at 7p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Student Center Café. The event is open to the public. Admission is free.

At the event, participants will visit different tables, where local agencies will advertise their services and advocacy. Students will also learn about volunteering opportunities. Participants also will be able to donate money to the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer's, which takes place at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2 at Hartford's Bushnell Park. "This is only the beginning of a career of supporting Alzheimer's victims and their families", said Melissa Griffin, vice president of the Psychology Club. "I plan to use my psychology training to treat behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and train caretakers to care for the disease as best as possible," said Griffin.

           The club hopes to create a comfortable environment where individuals can discuss their personal stories and experience with Alzheimer's Disease. To provide that type of atmosphere, it has arranged for "The Phantoms," a local band composed of Eastern students and alumni to perform at the event.  The Phantoms received the 2011 United Nations Arts for Peace Emerging Artists Award for their humanitarian work this past January, when they volunteered in Haitian orphanages and spread their message of love and peace through music.  

The Alzheimer 's Disease Awareness and Benefit is co-sponsored by The Center for Community Engagement, Alzheimer's Association, Bagel One, Applebee's, Mansfield Movieplex, Angellino's, Hallmark, Culinary Expressions Catering, Domino's Pizza, Angie's Pizza & Restaurant, New England Pizza & Restaurant, Stop & Shop, Community Companion & Homemaking Services, and Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center.

For more information about this event, contact Eastern's Psychology Club via email,


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