Students from Hamden learn about Alzheimer’s disease at Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University in Hamden (file).
Quinnipiac University in Hamden (file).

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Quinnipiac University students and professors will teach students from Hamden about Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday.

Twelve Health Science Studies and Gerontology students from Quinnipiac University will read a children’s book to fifth grade classes from Church Street School. Afterwards, they will have a discussion about the disease.

Quinnipiac University occupational therapy professor Erica DeFrancesco said the event will be beneficial to students.

“Alzheimer’s disease is one of many ‘invisible diseases,’ and invisible diseases are often the most misunderstood,” DeFrancesco said. “As Alzheimer’s disease impacts an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages, the initiative at Church Street School will help children to recognize how to best support individuals impacted with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Advocacy efforts and awareness campaigns have been a topic of discussion in the classroom at Quinnipiac. The collaborative effort between Quinnipiac and Church Street School provides an opportunity for Quinnipiac students to engage in this advocacy work.”

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