Researchers in the Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory work hard to research and understand the causes, effects and implications of age related cognitive decline and memory-related diseases. That is why it is important for them to give back and support the community in which their research serves.
Dr. Sara Burke, co-director for CAM, gives back by serving as the faculty advisor for the UF chapter of the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s Disease. According to YMAA’s website, their mission is “to promote understanding of Alzheimer’s among youth and young adults by providing opportunities to help those affected by the disease.”
UF student Lauren Toledo founded the UF chapter in the fall of 2020 primarily due to COVID “I could not help but think of the social isolation the residents in these nursing homes and assisted living facilities were experiencing. I wanted to advocate and support for those that were experiencing these hardships”
The UF YMAA chapter is currently participating in the organization’s national fundraiser. Last year they were able to raise over $800. The money goes towards staffing, administrative costs and Youthcare – a memory care/respite care program.
In addition to fundraising, UF’s YMAA volunteers at Windsor – an assisted living facility in Gainesville – on Sundays. In addition they make cards and holiday decorations throughout the year to be distributed to local nursing homes. Anyone interested in getting involved with YMAA can joining their GroupMe for more information.