WEST PALM BEACH, Florida—Dr. Fredric M. Barr, M.D., F.A.C.S., announces his support of an upcoming event to raise awareness and money for individuals and families dealing with E.O.D. (Early Onset Dementia). Sponsored by L3 Family Wealth Partners, the event features a presentation by Bambi Nikolakis-Williams, entitled Finding Joy in the Journey. It takes place on February 26, 2023, from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the Mandel JCC, 5221 Hood Road, in Palm Beach Gardens.
Sadly, over 240,000 Americans suffer from E.O.D., a rare form of Alzheimer's that develops in people between 30 and 60 years old. Due to the misconception that Alzheimer’s only affects older adults, these cases often go unrecognized. Worse, individuals diagnosed with this condition receive inadequate support.
Recognizing the challenges and an opportunity to help those in need, the Gardens Jewish Experience created an innovative solution: an assisted-living grant to provide specialized care for E.O.D. sufferers to enable them to live their lives with dignity and comfort. Last year, they held a champagne brunch; this year’s event at the Mandel JCC features a light lunch and a silent auction, along with featured speaker Bambi Nikolakis-Williams.
Barr, whose Patient Counselor, Carla Pisani, informed him about E.O.D. in 2022, wholeheartedly supports the effort. “It’s an honor to support E.O.D. ‘Remember Me’ Assisting Families and Friends with Early Onset Dementia,” Barr says. “While medical science searches for a cure, it’s vital to provide all the resources we can to the individuals and families affected by this devastating disease, which takes a toll on everyone involved mentally, physically, and emotionally.
“I look forward to being a part of this year’s event at the Mandel JCC and encourage everyone to join us for an informative event that offers hope and help.”
“I’m grateful for Dr. Barr’s support,” says Pisani. “One of my childhood friends was diagnosed with E.O.D. in his 50s, which has impacted him and his family. While this disease robs him of his mental faculties, his family suffers alongside him. We hope this event will help shed some light on E.O.D. and raise funds for our assisted-living grant so that we can help as many people as possible.”
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