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Thank you to these law enforcement officers at Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office for the opportunity to speak to the Sheriff’s Posse about our dementia and Alzheimer’s and the services we provide at the The Bridge and LSUHS Center for Brain Health. #dementiaawareness #alzheimersawareness

Pictured left to right: Lt Johnnie Estes, Paulette Freeman (The Bridge), Lt Walt Hollis, Dr. Elizabeth Disbrow (Center for Brain Health), and Capt Doug Lauter.
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Thank you to these law enforcement officers at Bossier Parish Sheriffs Office for the opportunity to speak to the Sheriff’s Posse about our dementia and Alzheimer’s and the services we provide at the The Bridge and LSUHS Center for Brain Health. #dementiaawareness #alzheimersawareness

Pictured left to right: Lt Johnnie Estes, Paulette Freeman (The Bridge), Lt Walt Hollis, Dr. Elizabeth Disbrow (Center for Brain Health), and Capt Doug Lauter.

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It is wonderful to inform all community organizations about the various services and resources available to those suffering from these disabilities and their families.

A Hero Among Us

Congratulations to Tamara Crane, Executive Director of the Bossier Council on Aging, who was honored as a Community Hero by the Bossier Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 12. The breakfast event honored community heroes from multiple sectors within our community. Incredible stories of triumph and success were heard from the top industry sectors, first-responders, military, and educators. According to the Bossier Chamber, well over a dozen community heroes were nominated. Tamara, a gerontologist, is a board member of The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center and serves as Treasurer.

Thank you to Tamara for making a difference in elder care and sharing your talents with so many people in our community. The Bridge is proud to be associated with you!

Pictured: Attending the Bossier Chamber breakfast event honoring Tamara Crane (center), along with the other nominees, are The Bridge staff members, Toni Thompson (left), Finance Director, and Paulette Freeman, (right), Executive Director. Bossier Council On Aging Bossier Chamber of Commerce
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A Hero Among Us

Congratulations to Tamara Crane, Executive Director of the Bossier Council on Aging, who was honored as a Community Hero by the Bossier Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 12. The breakfast event honored community heroes from multiple sectors within our community. Incredible stories of triumph and success were heard from the top industry sectors, first-responders, military, and educators. According to the Bossier Chamber, well over a dozen community heroes were nominated. Tamara, a gerontologist, is a board member of The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center and serves as Treasurer. 

Thank you to Tamara for making a difference in elder care and sharing your talents with so many people in our community. The Bridge is proud to be associated with you!

Pictured: Attending the Bossier Chamber breakfast event honoring Tamara Crane (center), along with the other nominees, are The Bridge staff members, Toni Thompson (left), Finance Director, and Paulette Freeman, (right), Executive Director. Bossier Council On Aging Bossier Chamber of CommerceImage attachment

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Congratulations Tamara well deserved

Congratulations Tamara!

Congratulations Tamara!

Girl, your daddy is smiling down from heaven! I'm so proud of you, and the good work you do!😊💜💜💜

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PRESS RELEASE

The Bridge Alzheimer’s Dementia and Resource Center &
The Center for Brain Health at LSU Health Shreveport
Join Forces to Provide a Single Resource Location for
Alzheimer’s Patients, Families and Caregivers

Shreveport – Two local leaders in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia have joined together to create a single location where patients, their families and caregivers can receive education, support services and access clinical trials: The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center and The Center for Brain Health at LSU Health Shreveport. A ribbon cutting and tour will take place at 851 Olive Street on Thursday, Nov 4 at 1:30 pm. The media and public are invited to attend.

The National Institute of Health characterizes Alzheimer’s disease as a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear later in life. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 6 million Americans, most of them age 65 and older, may have dementia caused by Alzheimer’s.
In Louisiana, 92,000 people are believed to be living with Alzheimer’s of which 13.6% (12,512) are individuals aged 45 and older with subjective cognitive decline. 204,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Louisiana. 318 million hours of unpaid caregiving are estimated to be provided by unpaid caregivers driving the need for access to accurate, and impactful resources.
“Our organization has grown into a full-service center providing assessments, client coaching, dementia education, caregiver support groups, and outreach speaking,” stated Paulette Freeman, executive director of The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Center. “We are thrilled to have a new home in the heart of Highland at 851 Olive Street and that the Center for Brain Health is onsite with us, which gives us the opportunity to provide a comprehensive support system for those affected by dementia.”

The Center for Brain Health which was established in 2019 at LSU Health Shreveport strives to expand neuroscience-related education, provide comprehensive data for brain disorders, and provide pioneering clinical trials in North Louisiana. Scientists continue to unravel the complex brain changes involved in Alzheimer’s disease. Changes in the brain begin a decade or more before symptoms appear.

“Our new “one stop shop” is a game changer for patients, their families and caregivers. We are improving awareness and increasing access to clinical trials, which brings the latest available treatments and virtual caregiver support to our community, all free of charge” stated Liz Disbrow PhD, Director of the LSU Health Shreveport Center for Brain Health

Without clinical trials, there can be no better treatments, prevention, or cures for Alzheimer’s disease. Recruiting and retaining trial participants is now the greatest obstacle, other than funding, to developing the next generation of Alzheimer’s treatments. Individuals with dementia, caregivers and healthy volunteers are all needed to participate in clinical studies focused on Alzheimer’s and other dementias.